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  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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(Hearing Assessment; Hearing Test; Audiology; Audiography)


Audiometry is a test that measures how well a person can hear. It is done by an audiologist. This is a person who is trained to identify and help manage hearing problems.

Inner Ear.

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Reasons for Test

This test is done to detect or monitor hearing loss.

Possible Complications

This test does not cause problems for most people.

What to Expect

Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you have:

  • Lasting or severe lightheadedness
  • More hearing loss
  • Pain

If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

Prior to Test

The audiologist may meet with you to ask questions about:

  • Hearing problems
  • Balance problems
  • Problems with speech and language
  • Personal and family health history, including things like frequent ear infections or ringing in the ears

The audiologist may look at the inside and outside of your ears before the test.





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  • Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated:

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.