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