What to Expect

What can you expect at your appointment? This is a question we often get. A hearing evaluation is a quick and painless procedure and absolutely necessary if you want to pursue hearing aids. You will listen to beeps or tones of various pitches. Each time you hear a beep, you will respond by pressing a button or raising your hand, even if the beep is very soft. The different beeps are at pitches that correspond to different types of speech sounds. We use beeps because they are standardized across clinics and work no matter what language you might speak.



Following this, you will listen to speech at soft, medium, and loud levels. While the beeps give a picture of how much you can hear, the speech test will help us understand how clearly you can hear. Most people with hearing loss have both a loss in loudness and a loss of clarity. It’s absolutely essential to consider both problems when pursuing hearing aids.

A hearing evaluation and hearing aid consultation will typically take a total of 60-90 minutes depending on what type of questions you have and how in-depth your case history may be. We would always rather spend a little more time with you to make sure you have all the information you need rather than cut corners and do a shorter appointment.

Choosing a professional to do your hearing evaluation is always a big decision. We would love to be the place you come to for all your hearing loss and hearing aid services. If you’re not able to come to us, click on the video below for what we consider to be the two most important questions you can ask when choosing an audiologist.



Questions to Ask During Your Appointment

Meet the Audiologists

Eric Frederick, Au.D.

Eric Frederick, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology

For more than 20 years, Dr. Eric Frederick has helped his patients make sure their hearing loss is not holding them back. He understands that untreated hearing loss has serious effects on one’s quality of life and has helped patients improve their hearing and ability to communicate with the people who are most important to them.

Dr. Rachel Wilson

Dr. Rachel Wilson, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Rachel Wilson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from the University of Houston. She graduated with her Doctorate in Audiology from the Long Island Consortium (Hofstra University, Adelphi University, and St John’s University) in New York. She became interested in hearing loss when she wanted to better communicate using American Sign Language (ASL) with two culturally Deaf family members. After becoming conversationally proficient in ASL, she became interested in pursuing a career in Audiology after working as a volunteer conducting newborn hearing screenings at OHSU and Doernbecher hospitals in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Wilson’s clinical interests include adult diagnostics and amplification, assistive listening technology, hearing conservation and education, and community outreach. She is an Oregon state licensed Audiologist, and a Fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology. She is originally from Texas, and initially moved to Oregon in 2008. Dr. Wilson has worked in a variety of clinical settings in many states, including rehab facilities, hospitals, ENT offices and non-profit clinics. She is happy to be back in Portland and working with the incredible group of people at Audiology Center Northwest.

Dr. Lauren Rynders

Dr. Lauren Rynders, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lauren Rynders’ clinical experience includes adult and pediatric diagnostics as well as hearing aid evaluations, fittings, and follow up. She received her Doctorate of Audiology from San Diego State University and UC San Diego, and completed her clinical fellowship year at Oregon Health & Science University. One of her favorite things about being an audiologist is getting to know her patients and their communication goals as she works with them on their journey to better hearing. Outside of the office, Lauren is an avid hiker and also enjoys baking, knitting, and playing piano.

Candace Watson

Candace Watson

Office Manager

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