An audiogram is a visual graph that shows how well you hear different sounds. An audiogram is not a hearing test; it’s a graphical display of the hearing test results. An audiogram can show if you have hearing loss in one or both ears.

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What is an audiogram?

An audiogram is a graph created from measurements taken during an audiometry screening. On the graph, the vertical axis shows sound loudness (or intensity). Intensity is measured in decibels (dB). The horizontal axis represents the speed of sound wave vibrations (or tone). Tone is measured in Hertz (Hz). Together, they show how well you can hear different sounds at various volumes.

What happens during a hearing test?

The most common hearing test is an audiometry screening. This exam uses headphones attached to an audiometer, which delivers sounds to one ear at a time. The sounds will vary based on loudness and tone. Measurements at various frequencies are captured on the audiometer and recorded.

The results of the audiometry screening are displayed on the audiogram. If both ears were tested, the audiogram will show results for both ears. The right ear will have one symbol, and the left ear will have another. Your healthcare provider can help you understand your audiogram and how much hearing loss you may have experienced.

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