Did you know about 28 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss? A properly-fitted hearing aid can drastically improve hearing, but only 1 in 5 people who can benefit from one actually wears it. A hearing exam performed by a trained audiologist can help us determine the cause and degree of your hearing loss and determine which hearing aid will work best for you.
Our Hearing Tests Include:
This is where we look into each ear to visualize the ear canal and ear drum. We also rule out any wax impaction or debris that may be present in the ear canal.
Tympanometry and Impedance Testing
You may not be hearing well because of a blockage in your middle ear. We gently place a pressure probe in your ear to test for fluid/congestion, issues with the bones in the middle ear, and other blockage problems.
For an audiometric screening, you’ll sit in a sound-treated booth and wear headphones connected to an audiometer. The headphones deliver different tones to each ear separately. We record each tone heard by your response to the different levels of the tones.
This test determines your degree of hearing loss using pure tones and word recognition testing.
Bone Conduction Testing
A bone oscillator placed behind the ear, in which it delivers a series of tones to your ears. You will indicate when you hear a tone, and the results are recorded.
Speech Reception Threshold Testing
These tests help determine your threshold for hearing two-syllable words, like “hotdog” or “baseball”. Your threshold is the faintest noise level at which you can correctly repeat the words 50 percent of the time or more.
This test assesses how well you can understand individual words. Words are presented to you in a sentence and you repeat back the word given.
This kind of audiology exam helps determine how well you can hear and understand speech in a noisy environment. We ask you to repeat words both with and without background noise and with the competing noise coming from different locations in relation to you.
Familiar Voice Testing
For any of these tests, you may want to bring along a spouse, close friend or adult son or daughter. Having someone there who you regularly talk with will help us and you see the difference in your hearing and communication with and without hearing aids.
Real Ear Measurement
After you’re fitted with a hearing aid, we make sure it fits correctly and you’re hearing the way you should with this test.
Audiometric Acoustic Reflex Testing
These tests help determine where your hearing loss may originate. We use this equipment to test the reactions of a muscle in your inner ear that contracts when you hear a loud noise. The acoustic level that triggers the reflex helps us determine the type of your hearing loss.
Audiometric Acoustic Reflex Decay
Similar to acoustic reflex testing, audiometric acoustic reflex decay tests measure the degree of hearing loss brought about by regular exposure to loud noise.
Now that you know what’s available, we will help you choose the hearing test that’s right for you. Schedule an appointment today with one of our providers serving Southwestern PA.