A diagnostic hearing test identifies auditory disorders that could cause a health concern or interfere with your ability to communicate. Following your test, we’ll give you a complete report of the results along with our recommendations.
A typical hearing evaluation consists of:
Air and bone conduction testing Helps to determine if a problem with your inner, outer or middle ear is contributing to your hearing difficulties.
Speech reception thresholds Discovers the quietest level of speech you can hear 50 percent of the time.
Speech discrimination evaluation Investigates
your ability to discriminate speech sounds at a volume that is most
comfortable for you.
Tympanometry Through variations of air pressure in the ear canal, it determines the condition of the middle ear and the mobility of the conduction bones and the eardrum.
Other tests and procedures may include:
Video otoscopy This procedure involves visual inspection of the ear canal to find obstructions, wax blockages and infections. With video otoscopy, an image of your ear canal is transferred to a screen so you can examine your ear along with the audiologist.
Otoacoustic emission evaluation The sounds produced by the components of your inner ear are measured, allowing your audiologist to determine the level of functioning of the inner ear. With this evaluation, signs of hearing loss can be identified earlier than with most other tests.
Cerumen (ear wax) removal Ear wax can be removed from the ear by using a simple tool or, in more serious instances, with the aid of suction or flushing devices.
Hearing aid adjustments To expertly program your hearing aid, the most advanced equipment is used in special sound rooms. Most modern hearing aids employ computerized digital processing.
Hearing aid repairs Our trained staff of audiology assistants is ready to perform basic repairs on all makes and models of hearing aids in a state-of-the-art, full-service lab. Most repairs can be completed while you wait. For extensive repairs, we’ll have the work performed by your hearing aid’s manufacturer and lend you an appropriate hearing aid to use until yours returns. It’s all part of our patient-centered service.
On a budget?
Remember – most insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid,
cover the cost of a hearing evaluation by an audiologist.