What Hearing Tests Will Be Done?
Our diagnostic hearing evaluations include pure-tone testing, bone-conduction testing, and speech-in-noise testing. The specific hearing exams conducted in the evaluation will depend on what is known already about the patient’s hearing status, and the patient's age. This variety of testing will determine the degree of hearing loss, the type of hearing loss, and the conditions of the ear canal, outer ear, and middle ear. The audiologist will also determine if the hearing loss is sensorineural (inner ear problem or central processing difficulty of the brain) or conductive (middle or outer ear problem) or mixed (a combination of the two).
Types Of Hearing Tests
The audiologist’s goal is to check your hearing and ear health. There is also a strong connection between the ear and our brains, which is the the source of conditions like tinnitus, hyperacusis, and misophonia, and others. Dr. Rohe is experienced in diagnosing these conditions, and has even developed his own treatment protocol for managing tinnitus called the Rohe Method ®.
Other audiological testing may include:
Our audiologists will also perform otoscopy (examining the ear canal and eardrum) and tympanometry (test of the middle ear) to determine the health of the ear canal, outer ear and the middle ear.
Hearing Examinations For Everyone
In hearing tests for adults and children alike, it’s very important to have a diagnostic hearing evaluation whenever hearing loss is suspected. Hearing testing is the first step in identifying loss of hearing, and addressing it properly to improve or sustain quality of life.
Along with the ear and hearing evaluation, you should expect to review the results with our audiologists. We will explain the test results for you, answer your questions, provide you with all pertinent information and referrals if necessary, as well as help plan for treatment, if needed.
Audiologists are specialists in ear conditions, hearing, and hearing rehabilitation. We encourage you to ask your audiologist plenty of questions - we’re here for you to make sure you thoroughly understand the information provided and that you feel comfortable with the results and recommendations.