Hearing Evaluation

Comprehensive Hearing / Audiological Evaluations

Your audiological evaluation will be conducted in a soundproof booth and will consist of several comprehensive tests.

The initial step of your evaluation will consist of your audiologist performing an
examination of your ear canals (otoscopy) with a lighted instrument (otoscope) to assess the condition of your ear canals and your eardrums (tympanic membranes) in order to rule out the presence of any abnormalities and / or earwax (cerumen) as a possible contributing factor to hearing loss.

The second step is to assess the mobility of of your eardrum (tympanometry) as well as the function of the stapedeus muscle in your middle ear through the use of acoustic reflexes.

Otoacoustic emission testing may be performed to evaluate the functional status of hair cells within your inner ear (cochlea).

A measure of your hearing sensitivity (thresholds) will be determined as you respond to the presentation of pure tone stimuli at different frequencies and intensities. Your audiologist will plot your thresholds on a graph, referred to as an audiogram, based on the frequency and intensity levels of your thresholds.

Results of your evaluation will allow your audiologist to determine if your hearing is normal or, if a loss is present, if the loss is due to damage to your auditory nerve (sensorineural hearing loss) or due to problems in the ear canal or middle ear (a conductive hearing loss), or both (a mixed hearing loss).