Determine Cause of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects millions of Americans and is the third most common health problem in the United States. The starting point for identification is with a comprehensive hearing evaluation performed by an Audiologist. If hearing loss is confirmed, type and severity of the hearing loss are categorized. Provides Insight in to the Cause of the Hearing Loss A hearing evaluation may provide insight in to the cause of the hearing loss and will provide guidance to your Audiologist in making appropriate treatment recommendations. The specific diagnostic tests performed depend on age, cognitive status, and hearing health history.

Your testing may include:

  • Medical History intake
  • Otoscopic inspection – involves looking into the ear with an instrument called an otoscope
  • Tympanometry – determines the health of the ear canal and the middle ear
  • Hearing Threshold Testing – determines the faintest tones a person can hear at selected pitches (frequencies)
  • Speech Reception Threshold – determines the lowest level at which a person can recognize words or speech stimuli
  • Word Recognition Testing – determines a person’s optimum performance for word recognition
  • Acoustic Reflex Testing – measures the stapedius and the tensor tympani reflex generated eardrum movement in response to a loud sound, measurements can be helpful in checking for particular types of hearing loss
  • Tinnitus Evaluation – evaluates a person’s tinnitus, which refers to “ringing in the ears” when no other sound is present and is a symptom of a problem, it can be associated with a number of hearing-related conditions
  • OAEs – Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) are sounds generated by the inner ear (cochlea) when stimulated by a sound and can help identify hearing impairment, theses sounds can be measured by special testing equipment
  • ABR – Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) test gives information about the inner ear (cochlea) and brain pathways for hearing

Following the evaluation, your Audiologist will review your results with you, including: interpretation of the tests performed, answering your questions, providing you with information and referrals as needed, and formulating the plan for your treatment and rehabilitation, if indicated. Our goal is to educate our patients so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.