Comprehensive Hearing Testing and Evaluation
Difficulty hearing can create communication problems that strain relationships or cause challenges at work, diminishing your quality of life. The good news is that there is help. Your audiologist will discuss various options to overcome your challenges and determine an appropriate hearing solution starting with a hearing evaluation.
Comprehensive hearing tests
A comprehensive hearing test or “audiogram” defines the sounds you are able to hear and those that are outside your hearing range. Your speech comprehension will also be evaluated, as well as other more in-depth tests.
This information helps your physician and audiologist determine the best treatment plan for you — medical intervention, rehabilitation, or a combined approach.
The audiometric tests we offer include:
- Pure-tone audiometry, air and bone conduction
- Word recognition, speech recognition threshold, and speech-in-noise testing
- Acoustic immittance testing, including tympanometry, acoustic reflex, acoustic reflex decay, and Eustacian tube function testing
- Conditioned play and visual reinforcement audiometry for children
- Hearing screenings for newborns using auditory brainstem response testing
- Otoacoustic emissions testing
- Sound field testing
Central auditory processing evaluations
An audiogram examines your hearing sensitivity, or how the peripheral auditory system is functioning. However, for an individual to comprehend what is heard, the message must be received accurately by the brain. If there are concerns with hearing beyond the ear, a central auditory processing evaluation may be recommended.
Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present, such as ringing, buzzing, roaring, or hissing. Tinnitus is a common problem, affecting about 1 in 5 people. If you find your tinnitus to be very bothersome and significantly impacting your life, a consultation may be helpful to discuss treatment options and strategies to help you manage your tinnitus.