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Understanding the Various Types of Hearing Tests

February 11, 2016

Hearing loss is a frustrating and obstructive problem that diminshes your quality of life, espeically during social and professional endeavors. However, technological innovations have enabled audiologists to conduct comprehensive audiograms and provide advanced hearing aids that enable people to overcome hearing loss. If you are experiencing hearing loss, you should learn about the different types of hearing tests that the top audiologists can perform.
  • Audiogram:  An audiogram is a fundamental hearing evaluation. This comprehensive test allows the hearing experts to assess the acuity of your hearing, the development of hearing loss, and the degree or severity of the problem. During the evaluation, the audiologist can place headphones over your years, play a series of tones that gradually decrease in volume and pitch, and let you signal if you can hear the given sounds. The hearing expert can then document the tones that you are capable of hearing on a graph. Whereas normal hearing can detect sounds from 0 to 25 db, any points below this mark reflect hearing loss, having more points below the mark indicates more severe hearing loss, and the professionals can use the chart to help customize hearing aids according to your specific auditory needs.
  • Speech Test:  The speech test can also help premier audiologists assess the type and degree of your hearing problems. The test can identify any physical discomfort to speech stimuli, examine word recognition skills, and determine the appropriate amplification output for hearing aid devices. Certain procedures are usually implemented during speech tests. A Speech Recognition Test (SRT) machine generally articulates words that feature two syllables, the device places equal emphasis on each syllable, and you can signal whether or not you can hear the words. This helps establish the lowest level at which you can hear speech and helps the audiologist determine the specific degree of your hearing loss.
  • Tympanometry:  You can also receive the tympanometry hearing test. This test allows the audiology expert to evaluate the condition of your middle ear and to identify if physical problems are generating the hearing deficiencies. The tympanic membrane is the eardrum tissue that separates the middle ear from the outer ear. The test can allow the audiologist to assess how the tympanic membrane reacts to changes in pressure, document the results on a graph, and determine if physical impediments are causing the hearing problems. For instance, the tympanometry can demonstrate if there is a tear in the eardrum, fluid in the middle ear, or ruptures in the Eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the nose and throat.  
  • Bone Conduction Test:  The best audiologists can also perform bone conduction tests. This test allows the doctors to position a tool on the mastoid bone behind the ear and evaluate whether or not sound waves can be transmitted through the bone and to the hearing nerves. The helps the hearing experts identify the source of your hearing loss problems and then customize treatments to alleviate the problem. For instance, the test can establish whether the hearing loss is derived from impediments in the inner, middle, or outer portions of your ear.

Contact Resonance Hearing Aids to provide you with effective hearing solutions. We have acquired a prestigious reputation across the country for providing exceptional customer service and superior hearing aid products. If you have found that you have hearing loss, the good news is that today’s hearing aids are easier to use and sound more natural than ever before.  At Resonance Hearing Aids, we’ve simplified the process of choosing the right hearing aid.  Simply choose the hearing aids that match up with your listening lifestyle and we’ll program them based on your submitted audiogram and ship the hearing aids directly to you.