Hearing Evaluations And Testing

Numerous studies show that people with hearing loss benefit from early identification.

If you or your child have been referred for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation, it means that hearing loss needs to be ruled out or further examined. The diagnostic audiologic evaluation may be indicated for individuals who did not pass an initial hearing screening or another type of test.

To fully determine if a hearing loss is present, a hearing evaluation will help provide insight into the cause as well as provide guidance for the audiologist in making appropriate treatment recommendations.

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What is a hearing evaluation?

The diagnostic hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech. This evaluation can be conducted on people of any age, from newborn infants to seniors.

These tests may include:

  • Air Conduction Testing
  • Bone Conduction Testing
  • Speech Testing
  • Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE) Testing
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing
  • Tympanometry or Acoustic Immittance Testing
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Why is the evaluation important?

The hearing evaluation helps identify the hearing loss and gives your audiologist important information to help with further recommendations. This can range from a recommended hearing aid to surgery. Therefore, it is important that these types of hearing losses be ruled out before hearing aids or other treatments are considered.

This is also a time when the audiologist or another hearing professional can determine if you could benefit from hearing aids and what type of hearing aid will be most appropriate for your needs. It is the first step in identifying hearing loss and learning how to correct it to improve your quality of life.

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Hearing Evaluations are Crucial for Long-Term Hearing Health

Along with regular dental and vision checkups, your hearing should be evaluated annually to ensure the health of your ears.

You could have an impairment and not even know it. Over time, these conditions can get worse and can impact your ability to enjoy your day to day life. Thankfully, the team at Premium Hearing Care performs comprehensive hearing evaluations and can help you on the road to better hearing health.

Most people don’t realize how important a hearing evaluation can be, both for preserving your natural hearing ability and for uncovering any hearing impairments that you may have. With our comprehensive hearing evaluations, that time is spent learning about your hearing ability and making plans to improve it.

Deaf man makes a hearing test

According to the World Health Organization, around 466 million people worldwide have some form of hearing loss and 34 million of those people are children.

Hearing loss can happen due to a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Certain infectious diseases
  • Chronic ear infections
  • The use of particular drugs
  • Exposure to excessive noise
  • Genetic causes
  • Complications at birth
  • Aging

Our hearing evaluations are designed to diagnose exactly which part of your ear isn’t functioning and thus allows us to create the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs.

There are four main types of hearing loss:

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

The most common type of hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss occurs due to a problem with the inner ear or auditory nerve. It presents itself when either the auditory nerve or the hair-like cells in the cochlea have sustained damage or are missing. This results in the inability to send complete nerve signals to the brain.

This kind of hearing loss can be caused by the following:

  • Head trauma
  • Illnesses
  • Drugs that are toxic to hearing (ototoxicity)
  • Genetics
  • Malformation of the inner ear
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Aging

Conductive Hearing Loss

Although rather uncommon and typically temporary, a conductive hearing loss can occur in some patients. It’s caused when an issue in the outer or middle ear blocks sound from the inner ear. Treatment involves the use of medication or surgery while other individuals opt to use hearing aids to improve their hearing ability.

Conductive hearing loss can be caused by:

  • Ear infections
  • Benign tumors
  • Swimmer’s Ear
  • Foreign object in the ear
  • Fluid in the middle ear from colds
  • Absence or malformation of the outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear
  • Allergies
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Impacted cerumen (earwax)

Mixed Hearing Loss

When multiple parts of the ear’s anatomy are damaged, a mixed hearing loss can occur. In most cases, both the middle or outer ear along with the auditory nerve or inner ear have sustained an injury of some type or have encountered one of the conditions listed above. The conductive hearing loss present may be reversible while the sensorineural hearing loss is often permanent.

Auditory Processing Disorders

Rather than a hearing impairment which affects the ability to detect sounds, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) causes individuals to struggle with their ability to organize, analyze, and interpret noises around them. While all parts of the ear are functioning properly, those with APD find that the hurdle they encounter is in their brain. Often caused by a tumor, disease, injury, heredity, or an unknown cause, the auditory processing centers in the brain do not function normally. APD does not always include hearing loss and many times the treatments for this disorder versus a hearing impairment are dramatically different.

Hearing loss is as varied as the people it affects. What works for one patient may not work for another, so that’s why we take a customized approach to your care.

At Premium Hearing Care we utilize a collaborative approach to hearing healthcare so we will work together as a team. Your needs and priorities are just as important as our recommendations. We also understand the value that family members and friends can bring to this important visit. We encourage all patients to bring a loved one with them to their hearing evaluation. This can also help to make you feel more relaxed and allows you to discuss your options with someone you love and trust.

We pride ourselves on taking a personalized approach to hearing healthcare, and never attempt to recommend options that take on a “one size fits all” mindset. Instead, we know that your hearing needs are as unique as you are, and we will work to create a customized solution that fits both your budget and lifestyle.

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