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Advanced Diagnostic Hearing Test

Advanced Diagnostic Hearing Test

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Diagnostic Hearing Test

The advanced diagnostic hearing test is meant for adults that have concerns with either working around loud noisy environments for long periods of time, people that non bothersome tinnitus or have symptoms, sound sensitive, hyperacusis, or have had noticeable hearing loss, on ototoxicity medication or hearing treatment has not helped them in past.  

The tests done by audiologists will be more detailed and take more time because the advanced level of these tests which make them more difficult to perform, but also because of the larger amount of data the audiologist will be able to give a better diagnosis of your problem. 

With a more accurate diagnoses our audiologists are better prepared to prevent worsening of your condition or find a solution.  

They do this by performing various tests listed below: 

Pure Tone Test 

This test uses pure tone sounds based on frequency to understand your listening ability only playing sounds ranging from 250 Hz – 8000 Hz which are normal sounds you would hear everyday. 

This tests results show up as an audiogram and give a more objective understanding of your listening ability. This Test is done in two ways. 

Through Air conduction by headphones or earphones and bone conduction through bone oscillator and to see if there is a hearing discrepancy between both conduction methods.  

Tone Exposure Air Conduction 

Using headphones or earphones pure tones are played starting from 250 hz gradually increasing to 8000 Hz. 

With this the audiologist tracks at what intervals you can hear the sounds and where you can’t. The reason for this method is to check if your ear and the ear canal can properly send sound to your hearing organ.  

Tone Exposure Bone-conduction- Bone  

Using bone oscillator pure tones are played starting from 250 hz gradually increasing to 8000 hz to test your hearing organs. With this the audiologist tracks at what intervals you can hear the sounds and where you can’t. The reason for this method is to check the health and ability of your hearing organs and to see if there is a hearing discrepancy between both conduction methods. 

Speech Reception Threshold (SRT) Test 

In this test, the audiologist asks the patient to repeat known words played at different volumes gradually getting softer. The purpose of this test is for the audiologist to understand the lowest volume a patient can hear and recognize speech. With the pure tone test the SRT test helps validate the patient’s hearing ability. 

Word Recognition Score (WRS) 

In this test, the audiologist asks the patient to repeat a list of unknown single syllable words back to them at speech recognition threshold. The purpose of this test is for the audiologist to understand the speech intelligibility of the patient. With this test the audiologist can get a new understanding of comprehension of the patient. 

Most Comfortable Loudest Level (MCL) 

In this test, the audiologist finds the loudest comfortable volume for the patient by gradually increasing the volume of audio to the patient from the lowest all the way until the patient tells them to stop. The purpose of this test is for the audiologist to understand the comfort level relation to a patient’s hearing ability. 

Uncomfortable Loudness Level (UCL) 

In this test, the patient, similarly to MCL, cooperates with the audiologist to find the minimum volume where stimulus becomes uncomfortable. The purpose of this test is so that the audiologist can learn the threshold where amplification should not be crossed.  

Tympanometry 

In this test, the audiologist will use a special machine to add pressure into the ear, move the ear drum with positive and negative pressure. The purpose of this test is for the audiologist to see if there is any fluid or air behind the eardrum and to make sure the middle ear works fine.  

Otoscopy 

In this test, the audiologist uses otoscope to look in the patient’s ear to visually observe the health of the eardrum. The purpose of this is so that the audiologist can get a visual understating of the cause of any hearing loss, as it can be as simple as having too much ear wax which the audiologist can solve or having an ear infection which the audiologist can direct you to a doctor to address.  

Acoustic Reflex 

In this test, the audiologist checks the reflex of stapedius muscle by playing loud acoustic for the patient. The purpose of this is so the audiologist can check if the important reflex muscles in the ear react properly to make sure that is not a reason for hearing loss. Very similar to how physicians do a knee reflex check.  

High Frequency Audiometry 

In this test, the audiologist will perform the normal air conduction method using headphones or earphones to present pure tones starting from 250 Hz gradually increasing to 16,000 Hz (humans stated max threshold). 

The reason for this extreme test is because it is normal for people to start experiencing hearing loss as early as 20 and this hearing loss is usually in high range frequency that humans do not hear everyday. 

After getting an audiogram of this large range of sound an audiologist can observe if there is any tinnitus or hearing loss on a larger scale giving a more accurate diagnosis. Also this test can be used for Ototoxicity monitor- If medication is causing hearing loss. 

Masking 

In this test, to provide more accurate pure tone results the audiologist will have Tone exposure through Air conduction in each of the patient’s ears independently, so another ear is not assisting it. 

The purpose of this test is for the audiologist to observe if either ear has hearing loss as it can be the case that one ear has hearing loss, and another doesn’t.  

QuickSIN 

In this test, the audiologist will play for a female voice with a background noise behind it. The patient will be asked to repeat back what the female says and each time they get it correct the background noise gets louder until it’s the same volume as the female voice.

 The purpose of this test is for the audiologist to get a more advanced understanding of the patient’s speech intelligibility and learn their signal to noise ratio which gives an idea how well a person can discern speech or a sound from background noise.  

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