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 and the resource listing for exam preparation.

Sample Questions

1. When working with a professional sign language interpreter, the audiology assistant should

  1. face the client/patient.
  2. face the interpreter.
  3. face whoever is speaking or signing at the time.
  4. minimize eye contact during interpretation.

2. The first step to performing otoscopy is

  1. identifying abnormalities of the outer ear.
  2. informing the client/patient of the procedure.
  3. selecting appropriate size speculum.
  4. testing the otoscope light.

3. Which of the following represents normal middle ear function?

  1. type A tymp
  2. type Ad tymp
  3. type B tymp
  4. type C tymp

4. When preparing for a client/patient for cVEMP, which of the following areas need to be cleaned for electrode placement?

  1. behind the ears, forehead, and sternum
  2. behind the ears, sternum and under each eye
  3. forehead, behind the ears and sternum
  4. forehead, sternocleidomastoid muscle, and sternum

5. During VNG testing, what equipment is essential for testing?

  1. bone conductor
  2. goggles
  3. high frequency headset
  4. insert earphones

6. The clients/patients or students should always be told that their hearing aid batteries

  1. are poisonous, if swallowed.
  2. last 2 weeks.
  3. should be kept in the hearing aid at night.
  4. should be purchased from the clinic.

7. Which of the following is most important to review with the client/patient during a hearing aid orientation?

  1. how to change the microphone cover
  2. how to insert and remove the device
  3. how to keep their ears clean
  4. what accessories are available

8. Why should an audiology assistant recommend that clients/patients not pull their earmolds out of their ears by the tubing?

  1. Doing so can damage the hearing aid.
  2. Doing so can tear the concha rim.
  3. Doing so causes the tubing to harden.
  4. Doing so will eventually pull the tube out of the earmold.

9. Modifying an earmold in which area will make the greatest affect to the acoustics of the device?

  1. narrowing the canal
  2. reducing the concha area
  3. removing the helix
  4. shortening the canal

10. A client/patient is seen in a clinic because they are having trouble removing their CIC hearing aid. Which of the following is the best modification to the hearing aid?

  1. Add a longer receiver.
  2. Change the client's/patient's dome size.
  3. Increase the length of their removal line.
  4. Remake the hearing aid.

11. Upon performing electroacoustic analysis of a hearing aid, significant harmonic distortion is discovered. Which of the following is the next best step?

  1. Ask the client/patient to describe the sound of the hearing aid.
  2. Re-test the hearing aid with client/patient program settings enabled.
  3. Send the hearing aid in for repair.
  4. Verify the hearing aid to ensure it meets targets.

12. When reprogramming a repaired hearing aid, what does the audiology assistant do?

  1. Read the device.
  2. Set to best fit.
  3. Set to the previous session.
  4. Start a new programming session.

13. What is the name of a joint federal- and state-funded program which provides medical care to low-income and medically needy individuals?

  1. a health savings account
  2. Medicaid
  3. Medicare
  4. the Affordable Care Act

14. What type of screening assessment would need to be scheduled prior to a procedure for pressure equalization tubes?

  1. hearing screening
  2. immitance screening
  3. newborn hearing screening
  4. otoacoustic emission screening

15. What should the audiology assistant check while performing a listening check?

  1. availability of inserts
  2. cords and connections
  3. sound booth seal
  4. the response button

Answer Key

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

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