Hearing difficulty or hearing loss can make communicating difficult, which can strain relationships or cause challenges at work. The audiology department at Scripps can help, starting with a hearing test and evaluation. Once completed, your audiologist will discuss various options to determine an appropriate solution for you and help you overcome your hearing challenges.
A comprehensive hearing test, or “audiogram,” defines the sounds you are able to hear and those that are outside of your hearing range. Your speech comprehension will also be evaluated, as well as other more in-depth audiology tests.
This information helps your physician and audiologist determine the best treatment plan for you, which can include medical intervention, hearing therapy, hearing aid device rehabilitation or a combined approach.
The audiometry 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 Eustachian 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
An audiogram examines your hearing sensitivity, or how the peripheral auditory system within the ear itself is functioning. For an individual to comprehend what is heard, however, 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 source is present, such as ringing, buzzing, roaring or hissing. Tinnitus is a common problem, occurring in about 1 in 5 people. If you find your tinnitus to be very bothersome and significantly affecting your life, a consultation may be helpful to discuss treatment options and strategies to help you manage your tinnitus.