Hearing Evaluation Specialist

Ryan R. Stevens, M.D., PC

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in Corvallis, OR

A hearing evaluation can really shine a light on your hearing, whether or not you’re experiencing any hearing difficulties. At Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. in Corvallis, Oregon, caring ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Stevens offers extensive and highly customized hearing evaluations to determine the best ways to improve your hearing and quality of life. If you have concerns or questions about your hearing and you’re due for an evaluation, call Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. or book online today.

Hearing Evaluation Q & A

What is a hearing evaluation?

If you’re having trouble hearing or have concerns about your hearing, it’s best to have a hearing evaluation to assess your hearing and diagnose any potential underlying problems.

During your hearing evaluation, Sheri Smith discusses and reviews your medical history and answers your questions. He looks into your ears using a specialized light called an otoscope to check if there’s anything that might interfere with your hearing test.

Sheri Smith might also recommend:

  • Additional testing
  • A hearing aid
  • Assistance with hearing at school for children
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Working on hearing skills with an audiologist
  • Having your speech and language tested 

Sheri Smith discusses your test results and devises a personalized treatment plan to improve your hearing, so you can better navigate the world around you.

What’s the difference between a hearing evaluation and a hearing test?

A hearing screening or test is a quick check on your ability to hear, but a hearing evaluation involves more extensive and comprehensive hearing testing, a medical history review and in-depth consultation, and focusing on other symptoms, such as dizziness or tinnitus. A proper hearing evaluation must be performed by a qualified ear, nose, and throat specialist or audiologist.

A hearing evaluation usually involves several parts and different types of tests.

Air conduction

Air conduction is a test where you listen to the tones of different frequencies under earphones and find the lowest possible volume of detection for each frequency tone. Air conduction involves testing the entire hearing mechanism from the inner and middle to the outer part of your ear.

Bone conduction

Bone conduction is tested through a special bone oscillator that Sheri Smith places either behind your ear or on your forehead. This transfers the sound directly into your inner ear to evaluate how your inner ear is working.

Word recognition

With word recognition, your ability to understand words at a comfortable loudness level is tested. If you have hearing loss, you might be able to hear the words or sounds at a comfortable level, but you might not be able to understand what’s being said.

Other testing might also be included, such as an auditory brainstem response (ABR) test to check your brain’s response to sound.

Why would I need a hearing evaluation?

Sheri Smith can perform a hearing evaluation to determine helpful information, such as:

  • Whether you have hearing loss
  • Why you have hearing loss
  • The extent and severity of your hearing loss in each ear
  • The best treatment options for your hearing loss 

For a top-quality hearing evaluation, call Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. or schedule through the online system today.