When you come for a hearing test, the Audiologist is not just testing your ability to hear but also performing a diagnostic test. From these tests, the Audiologist can determine if there are any possible medical indicators that may require further investigation by an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist or Neurologist.
The Audiologist may also provide a full report and audiogram for your doctor, if required.
The assessment process involves several stages:
- Initially, a case history will be completed. This provides the Audiologist with valuable information regarding problems you have been having with your hearing system.
- Next, the outer ear is examined through otoscopy. This involves use of an ear torch or surgical microscope which allows the Audiologist to inspect the ear canal and ear drum. The Audiologist is assessing wax, condition of the ear canal and the condition of the ear drum.
- The function of the middle ear is subsequently assessed using tympanometry. A tip is inserted into the ear canal and a low pitch tone is presented while a small amount of pressure is applied. This allows assessment of the mobility of the ear drum and the three small bones in the middle ear. Any issues with the middle ear will be observed in this test.
- Next, Pure Tone Audiometry is performed. Air conduction testing occurs like this: foam inserts are inserted into the ears, or headphones placed on the ears, and the Audiologist plays a series of tones at different pitches. You response to the quietest pitches are recorded by the Audiologist on an audiogram. Next, bone conduction testing occurs (this allows the Audiologist to differentiate between outer/middle ear problems and inner ear problems). Here, the Audiologist places a bone vibrator on the mastoid bone (just behind the ear) and again your responses to the quietest tones presented are recorded on the audiogram.
- Finally, Speech audiometry may be performed. You will hear a series of single words through the inserts/headphones and you are required to repeat back the words you hear. This allows the Audiologist to determine your level of speech discrimination.
The testing order and types of tests may vary according to your needs.
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