Hearing Test Specialist

Gary A. Coté, MA, CCC-A -  - Audiology

South Bay Hearing and Balance

Gary A. Coté, MA, CCC-A

Audiology located in Chula Vista, CA

If you notice a change in the way you hear, for example, noises sounding muffled or needing others to repeat themselves when speaking, it’s time to schedule a hearing test. You can trust highly-experienced audiologist Gary A. Coté, MA, CCC-A, and the team at South Bay Hearing and Balance for the friendly care you deserve. They believe in high-level patient support, so you can feel confident in the care you receive at the office in Chula Vista, California. Book online or by phone now.

Hearing Test Q & A

When do I need to have a hearing test?

Hearing loss is usually very gradual, and that means it’s sometimes hard to identify the symptoms or know when you need testing. But, there are a few changes that can tell you it’s time for a hearing test:

  • Needing a louder TV or phone volume
  • Asking others to repeat themselves often
  • Difficulty following multiple speakers at once
  • Having to face others to understand speech clearly
  • Difficulty in hearing in large open areas
  • Ringing in your ears

If you or someone you love is concerned that you might have a hearing problem, it’s important to schedule a hearing test at South Bay Hearing and Balance promptly.

What does the hearing test process involve?

South Bay Hearing and Balance uses a multipart testing process to diagnose hearing loss and other hearing problems, like tinnitus. Your hearing evaluation at South Bay Hearing and Balance typically includes:

Visual ear exam

During the visual ear exam, your provider uses an otoscope or video otoscope to view your outer ear in detail. This exam isn't painful, but your provider moves your ear a little to get the clearest possible view. Through this exam, your provider can find problems like eardrum trauma, ear wax blockages, and infections.


In tympanometry, your provider examines your middle ear, evaluating eardrum vibration by changing the pressure within the ear and playing a tone to measure response.

Pure tone thresholds

In pure tone threshold testing, you wear earphones and respond to beeps with a signal. There are two types of pure tone threshold testing, air conduction, and bone conduction. In air conduction, the sounds move through your outer and middle ear to measure hearing.

In bone conduction, your provider uses a bone oscillator to deliver impulses straight to your inner ear. Both tests determine what you can hear at different frequencies.

Speech threshold and recognition

Speech threshold and recognition tests determine how well you process complex sounds.

Auditory function tests

In auditory function tests, your provider evaluates how your brain processes sound and how your inner ear works. There are several auditory function tests, including balance tests, otoacoustic emissions checks, and brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) tests.

To get a good overall impression of your particular challenges and issues, South Bay Hearing and Balance combines information from all of these tests. They only make a diagnosis after comprehensive testing.

Are hearing tests painful?

No, hearing tests aren’t painful. The team at South Bay Hearing and Balance has a gentle manner and is always happy to answer questions to relieve any concerns you may have. Getting good hearing doesn’t have to hurt, so don’t fear your hearing tests at South Bay Hearing and Balance.

Use the online booking tool or call South Bay Hearing and Balance to schedule your hearing evaluation now.