The Hearing Institute offers comprehensive hearing evaluations. The evaluation includes:
The evaluation starts with a case history at which time your audiologist will ask you about your particular difficulties and concerns, as well as your medical history, and any previous hearing assessments or treatments you have had.
Comprehensive audiology tests
This series of tests is customized according to your age and abilities. It includes an otoscopic examination, where the ear canal and eardrum are examined with an otoscope. During this test, your audiologist is able to visually assess the ear canal and eardrum.
Your audiologist will also conduct an assessment of the middle and ear with a test called tympanometry. She will insert a small probe into the outer area of the ear canal, where measurements will be taken. These measurements are presented in the form of tympanograms, and provide information about the functions of middle ear. Tympanograms also present information about the following:
- Perforations of the eardrum
- Abnormal MIDDLE EAR pressure
- Fluid build-up inside the middle ear
- Increased or decreased mobility of the structures in the eardrum and middle ear
Your audiologist will also measure your acoustic reflexes to check for involuntary muscle contraction in the middle ear in response to loud sounds.
A pure tone audiometry will also be conducted. This test measures your hearing levels and will help your audiologist to identify the type, severity and configuration of your hearing loss.
Speech audiometry helps your audiology to assess the condition of your auditory nerve in the brain - the area in which sound is processed. During this test, you will be asked to repeat words which are read to you.
These tests are conducted with special calibrated audiometric equipment, and help to measure the extent of your hearing loss, and allow your audiologist to determine the cause as well as the best treatment option for your particular condition. Once these tests have been conducted, your audiologist will explain the hearing assessment results to you.
Recommendation of treatment
Your audiologist will discuss the best treatment option with you, and in some cases, will refer you to another medical practitioner, such as an ear, nose and throat specialist, or a general practitioner. Depending on the type of hearing loss you have, your audiologist may recommend a hearing aid or implant.