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A Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

Improved hearing starts here.

Treating Hearing Loss Starts Here.

The Doctors of Audiology at San Francisco Hearing Center offer much more than a hearing test. A diagnostic audiologic or hearing evaluation determines the type, severity and configuration of your hearing loss. These tests allows your audiologist to prescribe a personalized treatment plan to solve your hearing problems.

In-depth analysis of your hearing.

The first step toward better hearing is to schedule your hearing assessment with an audiologist at San Francisco Hearing Center. This comprehensive battery of tests includes an ear examination and a comprehensive audiometric evaluation. These tests give us a complete picture of your unique hearing profile, allowing your audiologist to make personalized recommendations to solve your hearing problems. 

Immediate Results.

At San Francisco Hearing Center you will receive a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation by a licensed audiologist who holds a professional doctorate in audiology.  Your audiologists will explain your test results immediately after the exam. Together you will design a treatment plan to solve your hearing concerns.

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San Francisco Hearing Center’s Hearing Evaluation Includes:

Health history

Gaining an understanding of your medical, social, recreational and overall health is the first step of your evaluation. Your audiologist will be most interested in the situations that are important to you to be hearing at your best.


Your audiologist will examine your ear canals using a magnifying otoscope checking for excessive ear wax and the health of your auditory canal and eardrum. If excessive ear wax is found your audiologist can remove it before evaluating your hearing or you can have it removed in your physician’s office. A referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist will be made if the audiologist is unable to remove the earwax or there are signs that require a referral to a physician.

Air and bone conduction audiometry

A hearing test using pure tone air and bone conduction audiometry will be the first test in your battery. During this test, your audiologist is measuring the softest sound you perceive across a range of frequencies. The results will determine the type and severity of your hearing loss.

Speech Testing In Quiet

This test measures your optimal ability to understand speech in quiet. Some people have more difficulty understanding speech than others regardless of how loud the speech is. This is referred to as a loss of discrimination or clarity. The lack of clarity is a common problem for many people.

Speech Testing In Noise

One of the most important tests we do is measure how well you understand speech in noise. Understanding conversation in the presence of background is difficult for most people with a hearing loss. This important test is used by your audiologist to understand the level of background noise that is difficult for you. The results of this test will determine the level of technology that is most beneficial to you.

Middle Ear or Impedance Audiometry

This is a series of tests that tells us about the mechanical function of your eardrum and some of the nerves that innervate the middle part of the ear. We use three different exams including; tympanometry, eustachian tube function, and reflex testing to check for any abnormalities in the middle ear and the mechanical structures of the ear.
Take a Self- Assessment
While we believe that human hearing assessment is the gold standard, we understand that not everyone is ready to talk to a professional. Take our virtual self-guided hearing assessment that offers highly accurate results – instantly. Find out if you need a hearing test.