Welcome back to the Albuquerque Speech Language Hearing Center. This month we are discussing exactly what you can expect when you come in for an appointment. If you have any questions which we do not answer in this blog, please feel free to give us a call before your appointment at (505)796-5954.
In our last post, we talked about what to expect when you arrive. Next, we will talk about your actual appointment.
2. Your Examination
The exact procedure for your examination or evaluation will depend on whether you are coming in for an audiology appointment or a speech and language appointment.
At a speech and language evaluation we will begin by asking questions about your medical history. We will then perform the testing and evaluation procedures. Parents/caregivers are given the option of remaining in the room or waiting outside. If they choose to remain in the room, it is important that they do not do anything in impact the test results. In some circumstance, you may get the test results immediately, but typically it takes four weeks.
An audiology appointment will take approximately 1 hours, beginning with 15 minutes of questioning regarding the patient’s medical history. There will also be a visual exam assessing the condition of your ear canals and tympanic membrane.
Next up, a hearing test in a sound treated booth. During the test, you will hear a series of beep, and will press a button every time you hear a beep. This will help determine the range of your hearing. Your results can be discussed directly following the test. If here loss is present, we will begin discussing options from there. There are several types of hearing loss, and the best course of action will depend on your specific circumstances.