Consists of both tone and speech testing. Tonal testing is completed at different loudness levels and at different pitches, this will determine the type and degree of hearing loss a person may have. Speech testing is also completed to determine the level at which a person can understand speech, for both loudness levels and clarity. Speech testing in noise is another test that is completed to determine how the patient will hear in the presence of background noise. Since hearing aid candidates typically complain of difficulty understanding in noise, this testing elicits vital hearing aid programming information.
Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
Videonystagmography evaluates the function of the vestibular portion of the inner ear for patients who are experiencing symptoms of vertigo, unsteadiness, dizziness, and other balance disorders. Hearing evaluation tests are frequently combined with vestibular studies for the identification of inner ear disorders.
We keep a supply of batteries for you to purchase in our office. Stop in routinely for fresh batteries. Make sure to check the batteries in your hearing devices often and make sure there is no dirt, wax or debris interfering with the batteries performance. Batteries that are properly charged will make a noise (a squeal) when cupped in your hand or after it has been inserted in your ear, when you cup your hand over the hearing aid it will also make a noise.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) can be obtained at our office. We have amplified telephones which can be issued for FREE dependant upon hearing loss and evidence of need, we also have TV listening devices, FM transmitters, and partner microphones. Other ALD's can also be special ordered for you and your individual listening needs.
Our equipment allows us to assess the movement of your eardrum. This testing assists in determining the most appropriate medical and rehabilitation recommendations possible for our patients, whether it be hearing aids or a physician referral. We can also evaluate middle ear and lower brain stem functioning with a different part of this assessment. All of these tests allow us to provide you with the best care possible.