Your First Visit
At Arnold Hearing Centres in Guelph, Simcoe, and Kitchener-Waterloo, we consider the comfort and care of our patients first and foremost. We'll walk you through your first visit, every step of the way and explain your results at the end.
A typical first visit to Arnold Hearing Centres will take approximately an hour to an hour and a half. We suggest bringing a companion with you as its helpful to have a voice you recognize with you. Below is an outline of a common first visit to Arnold Hearing Centres.Book Your First Appointment
We'll ask you to come in about 15 minutes early to fill out a case history. This helps provide a background of your hearing health and concerns before starting the hearing test. Your clinician will then review the case history and bring up any pertinent questions.
We first do a visual exam of the ear canal and ear drum with an instrument called an otoscope. We use it to check the condition of your ear canal and ear drum, if there’s too much ear wax and/or any abnormalities or ‘red flags' that could cause unreliable results in your hearing test.
Then we use a test called 'Tympanometry' to gauge the condition of the middle ear and the mobility of the eardrum. This is done by releasing a small burst of air into the ear canal and the Tympanometer then reads out the results to give us an idea of the health of your ear drum.