Why do I need a hearing test?

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Dr. Chad Ruffin

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Why do I need a hearing test?

When you have an ear complaint, a hearing test is a vital sign. If you had chest pain, the cardiologist would be getting an EKG as that is important to check when you have a cardiac related symptom. So it is with hearing tests.

Hearing is connected to other structures in the ear. A hearing test gives us information on how the eardrum, middle ear bones, and balance centers are working and whether there are fluid or tumors in the middle ear.

It is absolutely critical that we have a hearing test. We cannot make any medical decisions or medical recommendations without it.

Scheduling a hearing test in advance is more convenient for the patient. If we do not have a hearing test in advance and scheduling constraints require that you come back, that is an additional co-pay for the patient.

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