As certified Audiologists, we will always do a complete diagnostic assessment of your hearing. This assessment will include:
- A case history and discussion of problems and symptoms you have been experiencing.
- Pure-tone audiometry during which frequency specific tones are presented to determine your hearing thresholds. Your responses provide us with detailed information regarding the level and pattern of your hearing loss.
- Tympanometry, which is a measurement of the movement of the eardrum and middle ear function. This test is helpful in determining if there is negative middle ear pressure, fluid in the middle ear space, perforation of the eardrum, a problem with the ossicles (three small bones in the middle ear which are imperative to hearing sound).
- Speech testing during which you are asked to repeat both single words and sentences which are presented in both quiet and noisy situations. This information helps to determine your ability to discriminate speech sounds and understand conversation in both quiet and noisy environments.
Following the assessment we will explain your test results and provide recommendations based on our findings. If we feel further medical investigation is required we will notify your family physician. If you are a candidate for hearing aids, we will discuss the options available and help you to make the best choice for your hearing needs.