Pure tone audiometry (PTA) is the key hearing test used to identify hearing threshold levels of an individual, enabling determination of the degree, type and configuration of a hearing loss. Thus, providing the basis for diagnosis and management.
The primary purpose of impedance audiometry (IA) is to determine the status of the tympanic membrane and middle ear via tympanometry. The secondary purpose of this test is to evaluate acoustic reflex pathways, which include cranial nerves (CN) VII and VIII and the auditory brainstem
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) technology is used in testing NEWBORNS AND CHILDREN FOR ESTIMATING HEARING LEVELS. Approximately 1 of every 1000 children is born deaf; many more are born with less severe degrees of hearing impairment, while others may acquire hearing loss during early childhood. It is also used in Adults For Differentiating Between Cochlear And Neural Hearing Loss
Electro-nystagmography (ENG) is a diagnostic test to record involuntary movements of the eye caused by a condition known as nystagmus. It can also be used to diagnose the cause of vertigo, dizziness or balance dysfunction by testing the vestibular system.
It is a good idea to establish a baseline hearing assessment if you have concerns for hearing loss, family history of hearing loss, or are after the age of 65. A comprehensive hearing evaluation is the first step to determine your hearing ability/deficits. The finding will give you information about the degree, type, and configuration of your specific hearing loss.
If you feel that you may be a candidate for hearing aids a comprehensive hearing evaluation is the first step. The hearing evaluations starts with a thorough case history which will include questions about the potential reason for your hearing loss, how long you have had a hearing problem, family history of hearing loss, list of medication, tinnitus and experience with dizziness/vertigo.
During the hearing aid evaluation the hearing results are discussed in detail and based on your hearing, your lifestyle, and your budget hearing aids are recommended. Once appropriate hearing aids are selected, the hearing aid will be programmed specific to your hearing needs based on a prescriptions obtained from the hearing test. The use and maintenance of the hearing aids, proper insertion/removal, battery change, and appropriate cleaning will be explained. It is advised to bring a 3rd party with you to have a familiar set of ears during this appointment.
It is not uncommon that overtime hearing aids will require servicing and repair. If you feel your hearing aids are not working like they should bring the hearing aids to us and we will do our best to repair in-house. Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office immediately; while others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair.
Children who have some degree of hearing loss typically show signs of behavioral and speech related concerns. Pediatric audiologists can diagnose speech and hearing related disorders early on and treat immediately to preserve hearing.
Tinnitus (literally “ringing” in Latin) is characterized by ringing, buzzing or hissing sound that originates in the ear/head. Tinnitus can results in annoyance, stress, anxiety, and discomfort. Tinnitus is typically the precursor for hearing loss and is often exacerbated by stress. We do Tinnitus evaluation & management.