A comprehensive Hearing Evaluation tests your hearing in different ways to determine the root cause of your hearing problem. Our audiologist will interpret and explain the test results and discuss your treatment options.
The audiologist will explore your medical history. Be prepared to answer questions such as:
- Have you been exposed to any loud noises at or outside of work?
- Have you had any medical problems with your ears?
- Have you had past illnesses?
- Do you have any medical history that may have impacted your hearing?
Also, provide us with a list of all current medications.
We use a lighted instrument (otoscope) to view the ear canal and eardrum. The ear canal, external ear and eardrum are inspected for signs of wax and/or any signs of conditions that require medical attention.
You enter a quiet sound room where you signal when you hear various audio input.
An audiometer delivers a series of “pure tones” (beeps) via headphones or earplugs. You will indicate when you hear a tone by raising your hand or pushing a button. The test results determine how you hear different pitches (or frequencies). Each ear is tested individually.
A painless bone conductor tool is placed behind your ear to test various tones and determine your type of hearing loss.
Speech Testing also takes place in the sound booth. We use the results of this test to determine how well you hear certain misconstrued speech sounds.
Test of the Middle Ear
Impedance Tests (aka Tympanometry, Acoustic Reflexes) test middle ear function. A probe is placed in your ear and air pressure is increased and then decreased while a tone is presented. A graph generates the results of the test.
The audiogram is a series of printed test results that show each ears’ degree of hearing: which frequencies or pitches you may not be hearing well. Your audiologist will explain all aspects of the audiogram results with you and discuss treatment options for you.
In some cases, a consultation with an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeon) may be recommended. If hearing aids need to be prescribed, your Audiologist will explain all available options and make sure that the one selected will meet your hearing needs, your lifestyle and your budget.
Schedule a comprehensive hearing evaluation at one of our 5 Pittsburgh area locations, call 1-888-826-0950.