How do we determining the hearing loss?
A good hearing measurement is the basis for every hearing aid fitting. We call this hearing measurement audiometry. With such a hearing test, your hearing is measured with headphones. (Beep test) It is then checked which pitches you can still hear and the extent to which you can still hear them. In addition, we can do a test in which we can determine which loudnesses are not pleasant for you. This is the level we call the “uncomfortable level”. Then we measure by means of a kind of diadem, which we place behind the ear on the skull, the “bone conduction”. This way we can determine where the hearing problem lies.
Either in the conduction part, these are the eardrum and the ossicles, or in the inner ear the cochlea (the cochlea), we call this the perception loss. Finally, we do a speech test. With such a speech test (word test) we can determine the percentage that you can still hear at a normal loudness and at which loudness you can hear the maximum percentage. In this way we can estimate to some extent what is feasible with a good setting of the hearing aids.