Diagnostic Hearing Test
What to Expect During Diagnostic Hearing Testing
Step 1: Consultation
We begin with a thorough review of your medical history to gather important information pertinent to your hearing well-being. We take time to learn about your lifestyle needs and answer any questions or concerns you have prior to beginning the testing process.
Step 2: Audiometric Testing
We utilized state-of-the-art computerized audiometric testing equipment and the most up-to-date testing procedures to create a personalized audiogram that charts your unique hearing profile. Through this process, we establish your hearing thresholds across various frequencies and are then able to determine the best course of treatment for you.
Step 3: Speech Discrimination Testing
Once we know how loud sounds need to be in order for you to hear them, we must then establish how well your brain and ears work together to discern the sounds being delivered. If the neural pathways between your ear and brain are damaged, you will struggle to understand speech even when it is delivered at an appropriate volume.
Steps 2 & 3 are the minimum testing requirements by the state of Pennsylvania. Most providers stop here but we don’t. We believe that truly customized treatment requires advanced testing procedures, so we include the following services at no additional charge to you.
Step 4: Speech in Noise Testing
We go beyond the minimum state required speech discrimination testing and also evaluate how well you hear and understand speech in the presence of noise. Understanding how you hear in the presence of noise is a key factor in selecting the best treatment option(s) for you.
Step 5: Tympanometry
This painless test assesses the movement of your eardrum in response to pressure changes. It helps us identify any middle ear issues that may contribute to hearing difficulties.
Understanding Your Audiogram
Your audiogram is a visual representation of your hearing abilities. It is a powerful tool that helps us customize the right interventions for you:
Frequency (Hz): The horizontal axis of the audiogram represents different frequencies, from low to high. Hearing loss may occur across specific frequencies, affecting your ability to hear certain sounds.
Intensity (dB): The vertical axis represents the intensity or volume of sounds. The audiogram reveals the softest sounds you can hear at various frequencies.
Degrees of Hearing Loss: Based on your audiogram, we classify your hearing loss as mild, moderate, severe, or profound. This classification guides us in recommending suitable solutions.
Your Hearing Health Journey
Receiving your audiogram is just the beginning. Our holistic approach to hearing health considers not only your test results but also your lifestyle, communication needs, and preferences. We tailor our recommendations to match your unique situation:
Personalized Solutions: Whether it's hearing aids, assistive listening devices, or communication strategies, we work closely with you to select the best options for your hearing needs.
Hearing Rehabilitation: Our audiologists provide guidance on adjusting to new hearing devices and offer communication strategies to improve your listening experience.
Regular Check-ins: We believe in establishing a long-term partnership. Regular follow-ups and hearing assessments ensure that your hearing solutions remain effective as your needs evolve.
Advancements in Hearing Health
The field of audiology continues to evolve, offering exciting advancements:
Telehealth Services: Virtual consultations and remote adjustments for hearing devices enhance accessibility, especially in challenging times.
Personalized Sound Therapy: Tailored sound therapy programs can alleviate tinnitus and improve overall sound perception.
Genetic Screening: Emerging research into genetic markers may lead to early detection and targeted interventions for hereditary hearing loss.
Early detection is the key to addressing hearing issues effectively. Research shows that addressing hearing loss early can improve cognitive function, communication, and overall quality of life.
Empower yourself with knowledge and take charge of your hearing health. Please contact us to schedule your comprehensive hearing assessment. Let us guide you toward a life filled with vibrant sounds and meaningful connections.