At your initial visit our staff will do a thorough ear examination including the outer ear, ear canal, eardrum and middle ear space to ensure no underlying disease processes are present that may need medical attention. After that, you will have a rigorous hearing evaluation which includes a complete diagnostic hearing test with both masked and unmasked air and bone pure tones throughout the frequency range of 250hz to 8000hz.
Speech discrimination testing, acoustic reflex testing, and tympanometry will also be performed. Other advanced specialty testing may also be performed as dictated by your test results and your underlying hearing complaints.
These series of tests are conducted to assess
- Whether there is a hearing loss.
- The cause of the hearing loss (to the extent possible).
- The degree and configuration (one or both ears?) of hearing loss.
- The best treatment options.