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Hearing Tests

Hear for You Hearing & Balance Center can perform a variety of hearing tests for patients. From small to large examinations, if there is a problem with your hearing, our audiologists will be able to find it. When you suspect a hearing loss, it’s crucial to visit an audiologist to have comprehensive hearing tests conducted. Here are some of the most common tests that patients take so that they can move forward to the next step.

Diagnostic audiologic evaluation

When you’re referred for this test, it is considered an in-depth examination to determine the extent of your hearing loss. Sometimes, also means the hearing loss is just a symptom of something different, which can decrease the hearing loss once treated. All of this will be determined once the diagnostic audiologic evaluation is over; where you’ll have a better understanding of your current health. Extensive detail goes into the evaluation results, and the variety of the tests will be based on the patient’s age. Previous medical history is helpful in the test determination, which could include bone conduction, pure-tone or speech testing. 

Diagnostic hearing evaluations

In diagnostic hearing evaluations, an audiometer is used by an audiologist to figure out the type of hearing loss you have. There are generally more tests attached to this type of because it covers a wide range of individuals, from newborns to seniors. Some of the diagnostic hearing evaluations the audiologist may run, include: auditory brainstem response, speech, air conduction, bone conduction, otoacoustic emissions and tympanometry testing. These tests provide the audiologist with an intimate portrait of your specific hearing health and any hearing loss, allowing them to recommend the best course of treatment. These tests could last around an hour, depending on the amount the audiologist needs to perform. 

Industrial hearing testing

Industrial workers are subjected to loud noise on a daily basis, which can have a long-term impact on their hearing. Because of this, many occupations make hearing tests mandatory for their workers due to precautionary and insurance reasons. Industrial hearing tests allow companies to examine how much noise their workers are exposed to on a daily basis and the proper protection needed to avoid detrimental impacts to hearing. 

Additionally, industrial hearing tests go beyond the evaluation process and can also provide training for workers and the organizations they report to. Qualified audiologists are tasked with promoting a safe working environment, even in an area where noises can be as loud as 85 decibels.