At Hearing Associates Inc., we offer comprehensive diagnostic services for all your hearing health needs. This includes a complete hearing evaluation, impedance testing, and medical/legal hearing evaluations.
Complete Hearing Evaluation
We’re committed to providing you with quality hearing health care. This starts with a complete hearing evaluation. At Hearing Associates Inc., your hearing evaluation will be conducted by an experienced audiologist. There are several parts of a hearing evaluation.
First, we will perform a visual exam of your ears. We will be looking for any buildup of earwax that could impact your hearing. We’ll also check for signs of infection, illness, or injury in the ear that could affect your hearing.
Next, we’ll ask you some questions about your health history to find out more about your overall health and wellbeing. This could include questions about your medications, heart health, or other medical conditions.
We will also ask you about your hearing needs. For example, we may ask about the settings where you have the most trouble hearing. This helps us understand more about your hearing loss and hearing needs. At the end of the test we’ll recommend a treatment option. If we think you should treat your hearing loss with hearing aids, we’ll help you find hearing devices that match your hearing needs and your lifestyle.
Finally, we’ll test your hearing abilities. You will listen to a series of sounds at different pitches and volumes, and all you need to do is let us know when you hear a sound. The results of your hearing test are displayed on the audiogram, and we’ll go through it together.
After the hearing test, we can recommend the best treatment option for your needs. This could be a medical or surgical intervention to treat a problem with the middle ear. For most people, the best treatment option is a quality pair of hearing aids. These will help you hear in a variety of listening situations, and let you hear the sounds you’ve been missing. We may also recommend an assistive listening device to help you hear in complex listening environments.
At Hearing Associates Inc. our diagnostic services include impedance testing. These are two tests that check the function of the middle ear.
The first part of the impedance testing is a tympanometry test. During this test, we’ll insert a soft rubbery tip into the ear canal so we can change the air pressure in the ear canal. When the air pressure changes, we can measure how well the eardrum is vibrating in response to a sound. This shows the health of the middle ear, and if your middle ear is functioning normally.
This test is completely painless, but you will feel the change in pressure in your ear canal. It will feel like the change in air pressure you experience in an airplane during take off or landing. If the tympanometry test reveals that the middle ear isn’t functioning normally, you have a conductive hearing loss. You may need to visit your doctor for a medical evaluation, or seek treatment for an ear infection.
The second part of the impedance test is an acoustic reflex measurement. For this test, we’ll play a very brief, moderately loud sound. The audiologist will examine each ear to see how the middle ear responds to this sound. When the middle ear is functioning normally, the muscles in the middle ear will immediately contract when loud sounds are played. This is the acoustic reflex. If your acoustic reflex isn’t responding normally, you have conductive hearing loss.
Medical/Legal Hearing Evaluation
If your hearing loss is due to an unsafe work environment, we can provide you with a medical/legal hearing evaluation. The hearing evaluation will include all the same tests as our complete hearing evaluations. At the end of the test we’ll go through the results together, and show you exactly what sounds you’re missing. We’ll also recommend the best treatment options for your hearing needs.
What makes medical/legal hearing evaluations different is that this test will give you a full assessment of your hearing loss or injury. After the test we can write you a comprehensive report providing complete information about your condition. This can be used for cases of workers’ compensation, or other legal action.