Through our qualified Audiologist we perform a hearing test to evaluate an individual’s overall hearing function. All hearing tests are carried out at a soundproof room (Acoustic Chamber/Booth).
When you arrive for your hearing exam, our front office staff will greet you and ask you to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information and medical history.
When your hearing exam begins, we’ll review key personal information with you and ask you a few questions to discover the specific types of environments where you may be experiencing hearing loss and hearing problems.
Next, we may look into your ears with an otoscope, a special instrument to see the ear canal and the eardrum, and/or perform one of the tests below.
Pure tone audiometry (PTA) tests the hearing of both ears. During PTA, a machine called an audiometer is used to produce sounds at various volumes and frequencies (pitches). You listen to the sounds through headphones and respond when you hear them by pressing a button.
The purpose of this test is to check how well the ear drum is moving. A small probe is placed at the entrance of the ear canal. A gentle amount of air pressure, along with a humming sound, can be puffed into the ear canal reaching and stopping at the eardrum. The movement will produce a graph. This test is used to identify a conductive loss.
A soft probe tip is placed into the ear canal. Sounds are sent through the probe tip into the ear. When the ear detects the sounds, the cochlea emits a response back that is measured by a sensitive microphone in the probe tip. This response is called an otoacoustic emission (OAE).
For BERA/ASSR testing, two electrodes are to be placed on the forehead and one behind each ear of the child. Sounds are played through earphones that fit inside a child’s ears. This testing is done regularly for infants who do not pass their newborn hearing screening. It is safe and non-invasive but it can only be completed while your child is sleeping. ABR testing is typically done under sedation.
Understanding Your Hearing Test Results
We’ll record the results of your hearing test on a form called an audiogram, which we will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. We’ll show you the type, pattern and degree of hearing loss, as well as the percentage of normal conversational speech that you’re still able to hear. We will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing.
Next, we’ll consider treatment solutions. You can count on our team to take the time necessary to understand your concerns so that they can provide you with everything you need to make an informed personal decision.
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