The first step in determining the type, degree, configuration and symmetry of your hearing loss is to have a full diagnostic hearing evaluation performed by a doctor of audiology. This comprehensive examination includes a variety of measurements to rule out any medically treatable causes of hearing loss. Speech testing in quiet and noisy situations may also be completed in order to determine your ability to understand speech sounds. Your All Ears Audiology doctor will then explain your test results and discuss appropriate treatment options to correct your hearing loss.
Evaluates the status of the middle ear, allowing us to determine how your eardrum moves and whether or not fluid behind the eardrum or other middle ear related disorders could be a contributing factor in your case.
An acoustic reflex is an involuntary reflexive action that occurs in the middle ear. An acoustic reflex decay test is usually ordered when there is a suspicion of decay of the acoustic reflex. To administer the test, a high intensity stimulus is presented to the ear in the form of a pure tone and the reflex is measured.
The Eustachian tubes connect the middle ears to the nose. The Eustachian tube is normally closed, but it opens from time to time in the back of the nose, for example when you yawn or swallow. When you pinch your nose in an effort to "pop" the ears open, air is forced up the Eustachian tube to equalize pressure in the middle ear space. However if these tubes become obstructed or blocked, you might have Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). If your condition gets worse, it can become chronic and lead to hearing loss. All Ears Audiology can test for this condition.
A video otoscope produces an optical image of selected portions of an ear canal and a video camera for converting the optical image into a video image and transmitting the video image to a display system for thorough inspection with magnification.
An otoacoustic emission (OAE) is a sound which is generated from within the inner ear. Otoacoustic emissions are clinically important because they are the basis of a simple, non-invasive, test for hearing defects in newborn babies and in children who are too young to cooperate in conventional hearing tests.
Real-ear measurements provide a method for objectively assessing the accuracy of a hearing aid fitting. The purpose behind real ear measurements is that individual ears are very different from one patient to the next, and those differences have a major affect on the benefit a hearing aid provides to the wearer. The only way to truly account for those individual ear differences is to take a physical measurement of how the hearing aid is amplifying sound. Real ear measurements make this possible and that is why they are considered the "gold standard" method for achieving a proper hearing aid fit.
Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answer yes to these questions, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-tus). There are many types and causes. Schedule an apppointment with All Ears Audiology to find out what treatment is right for you.