When you come in to see one of our doctors of audiology for a comprehensive audiological evaluation, you will be assessed through a series of diagnostic tools to determine your hearing and inner ear health. These tests may include pure tone air and bone conduction testing, speech reception and word recognition, and tympanometry (see definition below). Contact us today to schedule your hearing evaluation.
The comprehensive hearing evaluation takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. On the day of the testing, you may take your typical medications and follow your normal routine. These types of tests are non-invasive and very simple.
This type of hearing evaluation also provides information about your potential candidacy for hearing aids or other hearing devices. If you have any questions about setting up an Audiological Evaluation, please contact our offices today.
A tympanometry is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum and the ear’s conduction bones. We will first look inside your ear to make sure nothing is blocking the eardrum. You will then have a small device placed into your ear. This device changes the air pressure in your ear and makes the ear drum move back and forth. Results are recorded on a graph called a tympanogram.
Otoacoustic Emissions Test is an automatic test to assess the outer hair cells within the cochlea. Otoacoustic emissions are sounds given off by your inner ear when the cochlea is stimulated by a sound. When sound stimulates the cochlea, the outer hair cells vibrate and create a nearly inaudible sound. The sound is measured with a small device set into the ear canal.
This test can detect blockage in the outer ear canal, as well as the presence of middle ear fluid and damage to the outer hair cells in the cochlea.
Earwax is normal and healthy. Everyone makes ear wax, although some people make more than others. It’s produced by sweat glands inside the outer ear canal and acts to protect the ear drum.
A healthy ear cleans itself – small hairs inside the ear remove the wax slowly. Deep or impacted wax can cause pain, fullness, noise in the ear or hearing loss. We can help determine if you are experiencing problems due to earwax and can use a variety of techniques to clear your ears with minimal discomfort.