How is noise-induced hearing loss diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

People who have jobs or activities that require them to frequently be around loud noises are advised to regularly get tested for noise-induced hearing loss. During these appointments, a doctor will first ask you about your history with your hearing loss symptoms, and then do a physical examination to rule out other causes for your hearing loss. You will then probably go through a few different tests to find out the nature of your hearing loss. The most common tests are audiometer tests and tuning fork tests. Both of these tests involve exposing your ears to sounds at different pitches and frequencies so that a doctor can observe if and how you respond to them.

Continue Learning about Hearing Damage

Is Noise Destroying Your Hearing?
Is Noise Destroying Your Hearing?
The modern world is a noisy place: the shriek of ambulance sirens, the blare of the television, the jackhammer of construction—the list goes on. Yet a...
Read More
What sounds get harder to hear with age?
UCLA HealthUCLA Health
Typically with age-related or noise-induced hearing loss, the damage occurs in the high frequency or...
More Answers
How is hearing loss treated?
American Diabetes AssociationAmerican Diabetes Association
Sometimes the problem is just an earwax build-up and the patient is referred to a doctor to remove t...
More Answers
Listen Up! Don't Let Earbuds Affect Your Hearing
Listen Up! Don't Let Earbuds Affect Your Hearing

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.