Complete Audiometric Evaluations
At Gulf Gate Hearing Center, we offer complete audiometric tests. Keeping an eye on your hearing is crucial because unresolved hearing loss can lead to a range of physical and mental problems. Communication is a big part of anyone's life, so you don't want to miss anything by avoiding hearing loss treatment.
Our audiometric tests are painless and take no more than an hour. Here is an idea of what to expect when taking a hearing test with us:
1. An overview of your medical history
We ask you a number of questions to understand your daily experience with hearing. The list of reasons of hearing loss is lengthy, and we need to rule out any genetic causes of hearing loss.
There are other things that could lead to hearing loss, including allergies, colds, lung and ear infections. That's why we'll try and establish if you have any of these conditions. Other questions will be centered around any medication you're taking and whether you've ever been subjected to loud noise.
2. A Physical Examination
Before checking your hearing ability, we will conduct a non-invasive evaluation of your ears. This is done by looking into your ear using a tool called an otoscope. The otoscope lights the ear canal so that signs of inflammation, excessive earwax and other external blockages can be identified.
3. Hearing Evaluation
There are a variety of tests we can conduct to test you hearing. These are some of the most common ones we use:
Pure tone audiometry – This is meant to test the ability to hear sounds at different volumes and pitches. The noises will not be incredibly noisy and should not be difficult to hear, but will gradually decrease in volume. You might need to push a button or send a signal to indicate that you can hear the sounds.
Speech recognition - In addition to pure tone audiometry, most assessments include a section designed to determine your ability to comprehend speech. You will hear live and recorded speech at different volumes. We will ask whether or not you can understand what has been said. In some cases, the we will ask you to repeat what you have heard in order to test your comprehension of the phrases.
Tympanometry - This is another procedure that uses a small earplug to measure how well your eardrum performs. Such tests are used to observe the response of the eardrum to the sound. Conduction tests may also be carried out with tuning forks to test the functionality of your small middle ear bones.
4. Interpretation of your results
Test results are shown in a chart called an audiogram. The easy-to-read chart gives you the ability to hear at different frequencies and volumes. Hearing loss tends to occur first from the highest frequencies. Each ear will be represented on the chart separately, allowing us to recognize if you have asymmetrical hearing loss.
Although will help you interpret the results of your audiogram, these are the basic levels of hearing loss:
- Normal hearing (0 to 25 dB)
- Mild hearing loss (26 to 40 dB)
- Moderate hearing loss (41 to 70 dB)
- Severe hearing loss (71 to 90 dB)
- Profound hearing loss (greater than 91 dB)
Our team will recommend some treatment options if you are found to have hearing loss. It's a good time to ask any questions you may have.
Problems with your hearing affect not just your ability to follow conversations around you. Your quality of life, your personal relationships, your career and your physical and mental health are all influenced by your hearing. It's time to take control over your hearing health.
If you're looking to book a complete audiometric evaluation and find the right hearing aids to support you in any listening scenario, please call us today at the Gulf Gate Hearing Center.