During testing you will wear headphones so the audiologist can test various volumes of sounds that are directed into one ear at a time. The doctor will present a range of tones and will ask you when you hear the sound. Each tone is presented at various levels to find out when you can barely hear. You will also be presented with words to determine your hearing ability.
An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses, treats and manages individuals with hearing loss, tinnitus and/or balance problems. They have acquired a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program. Audiologists determine appropriate treatment by reviewing a patient's history and performing specialized auditory and balance assessments.
Hearing aids will not restore your hearing to "normal." Instead, the hearing aid can improve your hearing and listening capabilities and they can substantially improve your quality of life.