GENERAL AUDIOMETRIC TESTING:
Audiogram Comprehensive: This is a standard hearing test and will include air conduction hearing thresholds as well as bone conduction hearing thresholds. This test will also include Speech Recognition Thresholds and Word Recognition Scores, as well as any appropriate masking that may be needed. This test will take approximately 20 minutes and will always be performed by a Board Certified Audiologist
Tympanometry: This is a pressure test used to determine if sound can easily move through the eardrum and middle ear system. This test can detect if there may be fluid behind the eardrum.
These two tests are commonly performed together in one appointment.
Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs): OAEs are very soft sounds that healthy hearing systems (hair cells in the cochlea) produce when stimulated with different tones. When our equipment sends specific sounds into the ear the healthy cochlea responds by making another sound. Our equipment is sensitive enough to measure these sounds. By documenting these sounds, we predict whether or not your child has a hearing loss. We know that unhealthy hearing systems do not make these sounds at all. This test is performed on all children when possible.
HEARING SCREENING: This is a quick test that determines only air conduction thresholds, it is often required for many government jobs and people who work in loud settings.