Hearing Tests and Evaluations
Adults and children are affected by hearing loss. Because hearing loss often occurs gradually, many individuals don’t realize they have it until the conditions has become more severe. If you think you may have hearing loss, it’s important to schedule an appointment to have a hearing test conducted.
What are the signs of hearing loss?
Hearing loss can present in numerous areas, whether it’s turning the television up too loudly or having problems hearing in crowded environments. Consider having a hearing test if you notice any of the following:
- Trouble hearing in crowded environments
- Increasing the volume on the television or radio
- Feeling like everyone is mumbling
- Asking others to repeat themselves constantly
- Trouble hearing even when speaking one-on-one
- Difficulty hearing on the phone
Dealing with hearing loss is not easy when it’s undiagnosed. Without evaluations, the condition will get more complicated for all involved.
Comprehensive audiologic evaluations
The Center for Audiology gives comprehensive audiologic evaluations to gather all necessary information about hearing loss. A hearing test provides a wealth of information to the audiologists. The results of your hearing test will determine if you do in fact have hearing loss, how severe it is and what pitches or tones you struggle to hear. Your audiologist may conduct the following hearing tests:
- Pure-tone testing
- Middle ear impedance testing
- Speech understanding in quiet and in noise
- Otoacoustic emissions
There are a number of different hearing tests and your audiologist will conduct the ones they feel will be most conducive to getting answers about your condition.
Otoacoustic emissions testing
To test for otoacoustic emissions, professionals send sound vibrations through the patient’s middle ear, ear canal and outer hair cells of the cochlear in the inner ear. A healthy ear with normal hearing produces an echo in response to the low-intensity sounds , and why audiologists measure OAEs. The test is painless, short and provides immediate results. Patients can relax during the test since it is non-interactive. All of the relevant information is available on screen for the test giver to see. For infants, it is a standard part of the newborn hearing screening program.