Comprehensive Hearing Testing
If you feel you are missing out on conversations…. missing the joy of children’s laughter, missing a special message whispered in your ear, missing beautiful bird song – generally, losing out on life, you may have a hearing loss.
It’s crucial to seek appropriate testing and assessment.
The purpose of an audiological evaluation (a sequence of diagnostic procedures) is to determine whether a hearing loss exists and if so, the type and severity of your hearing impairment needs to be established.
The goal is to develop a treatment plan that is unique to the patient’s needs in order to improve their communication skills. It is painless and safe.
The hearing test includes a complete case history, otoscopy, immittance (tympanometry and acoustic reflexes), pure tone air- & bone conduction and a speech assessment.
Otoscopy is a clinical procedure used to examine the condition of the outer ear and eardrum – particularly the external auditory canal, tympanic membrane, and middle ear.
Tympanometry is not a hearing test and the results of this test should always be viewed in conjunction with pure tone audiometry.
Tympanometry is used to evaluate the movement of the eardrum and status of the middle ear.
It is useful in determining if the middle ear has abnormal air pressure. It also assists in detecting the presence of fluid that may be related to a variety of conditions, including certain ear infections or even allergies, glue ear, a perforation or dislocation of the ossicular bones in the middle ear.
Acoustic reflexes measure the stapedius and the tensor tympani reflex generated eardrum movement in reaction to intense sound. They can be helpful in testing for particular types of hearing loss
Pure tone audiometry
Pure-tone audiometry is a benchmark test of audiology.
Its role is to assess whether hearing perception is normal or impaired.
Air conduction hearing thresholds are measured for tonal stimuli at the range of frequencies from 0.125 kHz to 8 kHz with the use of headphones.
Bone conduction hearing thresholds are measured for tonal stimuli at the range of frequencies from 0.25 to 4 kHz, with the use of a headband with oscillator.
There are 2 different speech tests that will be completed.
One will determine how softly you are able to hear words and the other will measure how clearly you are able to understand words.
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