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Pediatric Hearing Test

Pediatric Hearing Test

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Comprehensive Child hearing test

The Comprehensive child hearing test is a holistic hearing test meant for children that tests for the listening ability, comprehensive ability, and speech intelligibility of a patient. 

It is like a physician examination in its purpose to understand the overall health and well-being of your ears without being invasive. 

The importance of this test is that the earlier we can track your hearing health history the better prepared audiologist can be to understanding the nature of your hearing loss and why that may be the case, so they can prevent the worsening of your condition or find a solution to it. 

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 by playing pure tone sounds ranging from 250 Hz – 8000 Hz. 

These tests results are displayed in an audiogram and give a more objective understanding of your listening ability. There are two ways they perform this test.  

  • Air- conduction (uses headphones or earphones) 
  • Bone-conduction (uses bone oscillator) 

The reason for these two methods of testing is for the audiologist to get a better understanding of the nature of a person’s hearing loss, as the type of hearing loss is determined by whether there is a big difference in hearing between air conduction and bone conduction 

Tone exposure Air conduction 

Using headphones or earphones, pure tones in the range of 250 Hz to 8000 Hz are tested.

 With this, the audiologist tracks at what intervals you can hear the sounds and where you cannot. This testing procedure determines whether sound is able to be conducted normally through the ear to the hearing organ. 

Tone exposure Bone-conduction- bone  

Using a bone oscillator, Pure tones are presented by vibrating the temporal bone behind the ear and stimulating the casing of the hearing organ directly. The reason for this method is to check the health and ability of your hearing organs directly and to see if there is a hearing discrepancy between both air and bone conduction methods. 

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 when sound is presented to them at a known, audibly clear level. 


In this test, the audiologist uses an 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 understanding of any issues in the ear canal itself that may be contributing to a 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. 

Because children are at higher risk of developing ear infections, tympanometry is done in children only at the discretion of the clinician.  

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