Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
When you come to Pittsburgh Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, you’ll find our talented professionals offer the compassionate and comprehensive audiology services you need. Whether you require a hearing test or tinnitus evaluation, visit our center to find out more about what we can do to help you hear better!
Comprehensive audiometric evaluations
Audiometric evaluations are different and based on the age of the patient. At Pittsburgh Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, speech and pure tones play a major role in determining hearing loss. These combined tests work to figure out the extent of hearing loss in both ears, and the efficiency of speech understanding.
Speech discrimination testing
Speech discrimination testing finds out how well patients understand words. With the use of headphones, keywords are spoken that the listener should recognize. If the score for understanding falls below a certain threshold, then a problem is present.
Tinnitus evaluation differs slightly from the basic audiologic evaluation. It collects case history to build the best testing platform for each individual patient. Some of the related tests check for loudness, tinnitus pitch/loudness matching and masking levels.
With speech-in-noise testing, audiologists determine how well a patient can understand speech in loud environments. This is different than a full hearing test and is meant to provide information related to sensorineural hearing loss and other related conditions.
Bone conduction testing
Just like air conduction testing, bone conduction testing uses pure tones as a testing tool. A small square box called a bone oscillator is used in combination with a headband. Once the test is completed, it gives valuable information about the extent of hearing loss.
Tympanometry and acoustic reflexes
The acoustic reflex that protects against loud noises is severely weakened in patients that have hearing loss. That is why eardrum movement is measured with tympanometry. Each ear has a small probe placed in it that outputs information to a visual graph.
Real-ear probe microphone measures
During the fitting, accuracy is important for the patient. Hearing aid effectiveness is guided with the use of real-ear probe microphone measures. The measures will help with any reprogramming adjustments that need to be made across several frequencies.
Digital speech mapping
DSM displays real-time hearing thresholds on a screen. The test makes sure that hearing aids are operating correctly in all environments. Digital speech mapping is part of the fitting and an important part of the hearing aid process.
Real ear hearing aid verification testing
Verification testing collects valuable information about the way sound is heard in both ears. For hearing aid users, this means getting specific information about how well the device is performing for a patient. Real ear hearing aid verification testing is used during the fitting process to fine-tune the hardware.