In order to determine the cause and degree of your hearing loss we conduct a physical examination of the outer ear (otoscopy), review your medical history and do a thorough battery of hearing tests. These tests are conducted in a controlled environment or or hearing booth.Our Comprehensive audiologic testing includes:
Speech Reception Threshold testing
Word Recognition Testing
Pure Tone Air
Pure Tone Bone
Should your hearing loss be caused by a medical condition, we will refer you to our ENT partners to determine the best course of treatment. Results from your hearing evaluation are recorded on an audiogram. These results determine your hearing and areas of hearing loss. Our Audiologists will carefully review this information with you to determine if a hearing aid is needed and if so what style and level of hearing aid is appropriate.
Understanding your Audiogram
The numbers across the top of the nearby graph are the frequencies (Hz) or pitch of sound ranging from 125 Hz (low) to 8000 Hz (high pitch).
Loudness is represented by hearing level in decibels (dB HL). Soft sounds are at the top of the graph getting louder as you move down toward the bottom of the graph.
The red line (right ear) and the blue line (left ear) indicate the softest level at which the patient hears each frequency. Everything above the lines represent inaudible sounds.
Average conversational speech is approximately 55 db HL. The images represent the pitch and loudness level of several everyday sounds. In this audiogram, the patient is not able to hear the sounds of birds chirping, leaves rustling or the ticking of a clock.