Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations
Speech Audiometry: Awareness of speech sensitivity, auditory discrimination of speech sounds, and hearing adequacy for everyday speech are evaluated with speech delivered through earphones and loudspeakers. Phonetically balanced word lists are presented to the patient via the audiometer by CD recordings. Understanding of speech in noise is evaluated by the QUICK-SIN.
Impedance Audiometry: The middle ear and the acoustic reflex are assessed with a clinical electroacoustic bridge, which can activate the acoustic reflex with either contralateral or ipsilateral test tones. Eardrum mobility and middle ear pressure are evaluated ipsilaterally and contralaterally. This is uded to rule out any middle ear pathology, eustachain tube dysfunction and to ensure that cranial nerves V, VII, and VIII are functioning properly. This determines, with other tests, if the hearing loss is medically treatable.
Otoacoustic Emission Testing (OAEs)
An otoacoustic emission test (OAE) measures an acoustic response that is produced by the inner ear (cochlea), which in essence bounces back out of the ear in response to a sound stimulus.
Hearing Aid Prescription & Fitting
Cochlear Implant Evaluations and Mapping
Audiological evaluations in conjuction with CT, MRI, and other sophisticated tests can determine if a cochlear implant is a viable option.
Cochlear impmlants can be performed on children as young as 12 months with no upper age limit providing overall health condition can tolerate the procedure.
We currently service Advanced Bionics and Cohlear Americas implants.