Audiology Assistant Practice Exam Questions

The following are sample questions for your review and study purposes only; they are an example of the types of questions that appear on the ASHA  Assistants Certification Exam. Answers to the sample questions appear at the bottom of the page. Sample questions are not representative of the breadth of the material or the capability of candidates sitting for the exam. Please review the Audiology Assistant Exam Blueprint [PDF] and the resource listing for exam preparation.

Sample Questions

1. What is the best option to store client/patient files within a department/clinic?

  1. in locked cabinets
  2. in the hearing aid center
  3. inside the employee breakroom
  4. on shelving at the front desk area

2. What should an audiology assistant do when a family has a question about a subject within a questionnaire they are completing for their child?

  1. Provide the family with an answer based on observations the assistant has made.
  2. Provide the family with an example the assistant has seen/overheard in the clinic.
  3. Refer the family to the questionnaire's guidelines.
  4. Tell the family to use their best judgment.

3. In preparing for an Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) evaluation (evoked potential), which of the following supplies are typically not needed?

  1. alcohol wipes
  2. skin scrub
  3. probe tube
  4. electrodes

4. When performing an otoscopic examination, a client's/patient's safety is observed by

  1. bracing your fingers against the client's/patient's head.
  2. describing the procedure to the client/patient.
  3. inserting the speculum at a 45-degree angle.
  4. securing the exam chair in place.

5. If an infant passes their initial newborn hearing screening in one ear only, what should be the next step?

  1. Refer for a full diagnostic evaluation of only the ear that did not pass.
  2. Refer for a full disgnostic evaluation of both ears.
  3. Rescreen both ears.
  4. Rescreen only the ear that did not pass.

6. A child has likely conditioned to the response required during VRA testing when a head turn is observed

  1. and repeatable following presentation of suprathreshold auditory stimuli.
  2. following the presentation of suprathreshold auditory stimuli.
  3. when auditory stimuli and visual reinforcement are presented simultaneously.
  4. without auditory stimuli.

7. The audiology assistant receives a hearing aid back from repair and connects it to the software. When prompted by the software, the assistant should choose to

  1. disconnect the hearing aid.
  2. navigate to the new-fitting screen.
  3. use the settings from the local database.
  4. use the settings in the hearing aid.

8. Which part of a receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid can be replaced in regular routine cleaning?

  1. dome
  2. microphone
  3. push button
  4. receiver

9. A client/patient reports that their hearing aid amplifies all background noise more than it had done previously. Which test is used to assess the hearing aid functionality?

  1. directionality verification
  2. electroacoustic analysis
  3. speech map testing
  4. test box verification

10. A client/patient with which of the following complaints should be scheduled the soonest?

  1. dead hearing aid
  2. ear pain
  3. gradual decrease in hearing
  4. problem with Bluetooth connectivity

11. Which type of hearing loss requires bone conduction hearing thresholds to be entered into the programming software for an appropriate fitting?

  1. mild indeterminate hearing loss
  2. moderate to severe mixed hearing loss
  3. precipitously sloping sensorineural hearing loss
  4. profound sensorineural hearing loss

12. If the screener is observing "no response" on their ABR screen, what is the best troubleshooting step to take?

  1. Finish the screen and have the family return for a repeat hearing screening.
  2. Remove the insert and replace with supra-aural headphones.
  3. Remove the insert to check for occluding cerumen and perform immittance screening.
  4. Remove the insert to check for occluding cerumen, perform otoscopy, and listen to the stimulus coming from the insert.

13. When an audiology assistant is preparing for a hearing aid fitting, which of the following is most important to have for the appointment?

  1. cleaning instructions
  2. hearing device(s)
  3. real ear equipment
  4. connectivity instructions

14. Which of the following supplies can be cleaned and reused?

  1. otoscope specula
  2. insert phone tips
  3. probe tubes
  4. impression syringes

15. A hearing aid was received from repair and a listening check revealed that the device is not functioning. What should the audiology assistant do?

  1. Contact the manufacturer's customer service and ask for a rush repair order at no charge.
  2. Restore settings to the device and fit the device to the client/patient.
  3. Tell the client/patient that they will be charged to have the device sent for repair again.
  4. Tell the client/patient to purchase a new hearing aid.

Answer Key

  1. a
  2. c
  3. c
  4. a
  5. c
  6. a
  7. c
  8. a
  9. a
  10. b
  11. b
  12. d
  13. b
  14. d
  15. a

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