Hearing Evaluation

Adult Hearing Evaluation

A comprehensive audiological evaluation includes several elements which provide the audiologist with a clear picture of your hearing ability including:

  • Pure Tone Audiometry, which measures the lowest level a person hears in individual frequencies
  • Speech Audiometry, which measures the lowest level a person recognizing speech as well as measures the ability of a person to recognize words
  • Tympanometry, which measures the ability of sound to flow through the middle ear space
  • Acoustic Reflex Testing, which measures the contraction of the muscles in the middle ear space in the presence of loud sounds

Pediatric Hearing Evaluation

Children’s hearing levels can be estimated from birth. No child is too young for a hearing evaluation. However, test method varies depending on the child’s age.

Birth to 6 months of age:    

  • Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)- testing is completed by simply placing a small probe in the infant’s ear.
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)-testing is competed on sleeping or sedated infants and is non-invasive

6 months to 3 years of age:

  • Visual reinforcement audiometry-children’s responses to sounds are observed with exciting toys utilized to maintain interest
  • OAE testing may also be utilized to supplement findings

3 years to 5 years of age:

  • Conditioned play audiometry-children are taught to respond to sounds using an interactive game

5 years and older:

  • School aged children are usually tested using standard audiometry; however, our pediatric audiologists will monitor your child’s performance and adapt testing as needed.

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