Hearing Tests- Houston, TX
Hearing tests are an important diagnostic tool in determining whether a patient has hearing loss, and can help the audiologist pinpoint the degree and type of impairment.
A comprehensive hearing evaluation involves a series of tests that are used to measure the sensitivity of a patient’s hearing and can detect losses in specific frequency ranges – crucial to developing a successful treatment plan.
Your hearing test will usually begin with your audiologist examining your ears with a lighted instrument called an otoscope. This helps to determine whether a physical obstruction is the cause of your hearing loss. This is followed by several different tests whose results are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Tests may include any or all of the following:
Pure Tone Audiometry
You are given headphones that connect to an audiometer, and asked to respond to tones and words of varying frequencies and volume levels. Your responses help the audiologist determine your degree of hearing loss.
Bone and Air Conduction tests
Hearing loss is either conductive (problems with the outer or middle ear) or sensorineural (problems with the inner ear). Bone and air conduction tests help determine which type of hearing loss you are experiencing. Metal instruments known as tuning forks are used to measure your response to sound vibrations.
Speech reception and word recognition tests
You will be asked to repeat a series of words spoken at normal conversational levels; this helps the audiologist determine your hearing and comprehension levels.