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What do the results of my hearing test mean?

By AudioHearing
March 1, 2016

Going to an Audiologist and understanding the results can be a bit overwhelming. We often hear of people leaving their appointment without really understanding what it all means. At AudioHearing Melbourne, we are happy to see clients as many times as they need to explain the results, but that may not be the case with all Audiologists. That’s why we have created this simple guide on understanding what your hearing test results mean.

If you would like to know some of the specifics of how a hearing test works, read our article ‘What does a hearing test feel like?’

Otoscopy and Tympanometry Results
From these tests the Audiologist can tell if there is any kind of obstruction in your ear.

They may detect:
• Wax build up – in which case they will recommend drops and wax removal
• Ear Infection – they may recommend visiting your GP for some antibiotics.
• Foreign Body – they will suggest your GP refers you to someone to remove it.
• Damage – They will probably recommend your GP refers you to an ENT for further testing.

Audiometry Results

While explaining the results of your hearing test, they will probably show you a graph called an Audiogram that looks similar to the one below.

Audiogram Results Melbourne

Key to understanding an Audiogram

Blue Line      – Left Ear
Red Line       – Right Ear
dB HL           – Decibels Hearing Level – which is a measure of how soft or loud a sound is
kHz               – Kilo Hertz – which is a measure of pitch from low sounds to high sounds

Ideally your hearing will be a straight line across the top of the graph. The placement of the lines on the graph indicates the level at which you can hear, and if you have hearing loss.

See chart below as an example of hearing loss severity.

Levels of Hearing Loss

In conjunction with the results from additional testing, the Audiologist will recommend any treatment you may require. This will include whether your levels would benefit from the use of Hearing Aids, and if so, which type would be the most suitable for you.

Look out for our next article in the series, which explains how to choose the best hearing aid for you.

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