What to Expect: Hearing Test – Hartford Download PDF version For tips on how to use this picture story, please review our picture story instructions. Here we go… for a hearing test! In a regular hearing test, your child will be asked to raise his/her hand in response to a sound. The sound will get softer and softer as the test goes on, so your child will have to listen very carefully! Your child’s audiologist will work with your child to teach him/her how to do this. If your child has difficulty with this, we will try the play hearing test. I am going to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford to have a special test to see how well I can hear. We will leave our car with the valet or park in the garage. First we will go to the front desk. They will give us stickers with our names to put on our clothes. It is important that I keep that sticker on the whole time I am here! I can wear the sticker on the front of my shirt or the back of it. I need to go to the Audiology Department. Once I get my sticker, we will take the elevators to the second floor. We need to find 2F. That is the Audiology Department! We will go to the window to check in. Mom or Dad will tell the receptionist I am ready. I can watch TV, color, or play with some toys while I wait. I will only wait a few minutes. The audiologist will call my name. I will walk with her and my parent(s), back to a special room called a sound booth. This is what the sound booth looks like. I can sit in a chair by myself. The audiologist will ask my parent(s) and me questions about my ears. Next, the audiologist will get a flashlight called an otoscope. She will look in each of my ears with the light. This will not hurt. She will then take out a soft, colorful plug to put in my ear. It will make a humming sound. I can touch the colorful plug with my fingers before she puts it in my ear. While I listen, my ear will draw a picture on the computer. It may look like a mountain or a river! Then she will put the plug in the other ear. It will not hurt. Now it is time for the hearing test. I will wear special headphones or special earphones that look like earplugs. My audiologist will choose which headphone is best for me. I can touch them before the audiologist puts them on my ears. My audiologist will go into another room, but I will be able to see her through a window. I will hear her voice through the headphones. My parent(s) will stay in the room with me the whole time. First she will say some words that I will repeat. Her voice will get softer and softer until it becomes a whisper. I will try my hardest to repeat what I hear. Then, we will play a listening game. I need to listen very carefully to hear all of the noises; some of them will be very quiet. Whenever I hear them, I will raise my hand or press a button. When I am done, my audiologist will come back into the room to take off the headphones. She may need me to listen to more sounds with a special headband behind my ears. I will press the button or raise my hand when I hear the noises. Everyone will be happy if I listen and follow directions. We may have to go into one more room to do a special test called an OAE. My audiologist will take out another soft plug to put in my ear. I will sit quietly and listen to some funny noises. I don’t have to do anything but sit quietly for this test! It will not hurt. It is time to go. I might get to pick a sticker now! We may need to stop at the desk to make an appointment on our way out. My visit to Audiology is all done. Going to Audiology is not so hard. I know just what to do.