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Hearing Case History

On your first visit, the audiologist will ask several questions to better understand your (or your child’s) medical and hearing background. For example:

  • What brought you here today?
  • Have you noticed difficulty with your hearing? What have you noticed, and for how long? When do you think the hearing loss began?
  • Does your hearing problem affect both ears or just one ear?
  • Has your difficulty with hearing been gradual or sudden?
  • Do you have ringing (tinnitus) in your ears?
  • Do you have a history of ear infections?
  • Have you noticed any pain in your ears or any discharge from your ears?
  • Do you experience dizziness?
  • Is there a family history of hearing loss?
  • Do you have greater difficulty hearing women’s, men’s, or children’s voices?
  • Do people comment on the volume setting of your television?
  • Has someone said that you speak too loudly in conversation?
  • Do you frequently have to ask people to repeat?
  • Do you hear people speaking but can’t understand what is being said?
  • Do you have any history of exposure to noise at home … at work … in recreational activities … in the military?
  • Are there situations where it is particularly difficult for you to follow a conversation, such as a noisy restaurant, the theater, in a car, or in large groups?

For children, the questions that are asked will center on:

  • Speech and language development
  • Health history
  • Recognition of and response to familiar sounds
  • The startle response to loud, unexpected sounds
  • The presence of other disabilities
  • Any previous hearing screening or testing results

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