What tests should I expect?
Audiological testing is administered to determine the severity, type, and condition of the hearing loss. This testing will allow for the doctor to better understand the issue. Normally they will begin with an Otoscopic examination to assure it is not actually an outer ear or cerumen (ear wax) issue.
Audiological testing begins with you entering a closed off room that is referred to as the “booth”. In order to determine the severity of your hearing loss, different noises must be played through buds or headphones. These noises will be in a variety of frequencies and will let us know what ranges you are unable to hear. The final step in your evaluation is speech testing. Speech testing allows for your doctor to understand your reliability and auditory processing ability.
When the test has concluded the Audiologist should be able to determine what kind of hearing loss you are struggling with: conductive (middle or outer ear) or sensorineural (inner ear or central processing difficulties).
Infants or young children may need different kinds of testing to determine their hearing loss. It is possible that Play Audiometry or Visual Reinforcement Audiometry will be administered. These tests will be beneficial to determine the severity and type of hearing loss present.
Middle ear testing can also help determine the kind of ear disorder you may have. This testing will consist of tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing and last about 30 minutes.The results of these tests can help the doctor determine if you have a middle ear or ear drum disorder. The doctor should be able to review their findings with you at your visit and explain to you the results. They may refer you to our ENT doctors.
If during your hearing evaluation Dr. Cleveland does uncover a medical condition, she will refer you to the doctor for further evaluation. Usually, you will visit the ENT doctors first, and they will determine if a hearing evaluation is needed. If we discover that your hearing difficulty is unable to be fixed through our methods of treatment, then we can help you find a hearing device to best fit your needs.
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