Hearing Case History

Your audiologist will have some questions for you when you have your first visit. It is important for the audiologist to know about your health and how you are hearing.

The audiologist may ask any of the following questions:

  • What brought you here today?
  • Have you noticed problems with your hearing? What problems have you had? How long have you had them?
  • Do you have problems hearing in one ear or both ears?
  • Did your hearing loss happen all of a sudden? Or, has it gotten worse over time?
  • Do you have ringing in your ears?
  • Have you had a lot of ear infections?
  • Do you have any pain in your ears? Have you had any drainage from your ears?
  • Do you ever feel dizzy?
  • Have other people in your family had hearing loss?
  • Is it harder for you to hear women’s voices? Men's voices? Children’s voices?
  • Has anyone ever told you that your television is too loud?
  • Has anyone ever told you that you speak too loudly?
  • Do you have to ask people to repeat what they said a lot?
  • Do you hear people speaking but can't understand what they are saying?
  • Have you worked in places that are very loud and noisy? Have you served in the military? Do you shoot guns or do other loud activities? Do you play music loudly?
  • Are there times when you have more trouble hearing, such as in a car, restaurant, or theater, or in large groups?

For children, the questions will be about the following topics:

  • Health history
  • Ability to understand and respond to familiar sounds
  • Response to loud, unexpected sounds, called a startle response
  • Hearing history, or any hearing tests they have had before
  • Speech and language development
  • Motor and thinking skills

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