Different types of tests are needed to get the full picture when dealing with hearing loss. There are even tests that look to other areas besides the ears, since more than just hearing can be affected. Professionals will use the information they have to ensure patients go through the most compatible tests available.
At Sound Advice in Burbank, we offer a variety of services to meet the extensive needs of our patients, in addition to diagnostic tools that allow us to recommend the proper treatment.
Diagnostic audiologic evaluation
Both children and adults can take part in a diagnostic audiologic evaluation. A recommendation is usually what gets the process started, but it isn’t uncommon to go through an evaluation without one. A range of small tests will be done to determine if there is hearing loss, and to what extent. Types of tests performed will be based on the patient’s history, age and condition. Patients should also expect the audiologist to perform otoscopy and tympanometry to narrow down the problem. If no hearing loss is present, the tests are still helpful at finding the root of an underlying condition.
Types of tests; Pure-tone air, bone conduction and speech testing
Industrial hearing screening
Industrial hearing screening is a mobile solution to performing hearing tests worldwide, and depending on the area, may be part of the OSHA hearing conservation service. Worksites will often reach out to these programs to screen employees during the workday, with tests taking as little as an hour to complete. This has all of the benefits of an in-office visit and is a great way to kick-start a recommendation for a hearing evaluation, if needed. The list of services provided for industrial hearing screening is surprisingly in-depth, but will vary greatly since it depends on the organization that requested the services.
Live speech mapping
Professionals use live speech mapping as a way to fine-tune adjustments to hearing aids. This is a much better solution than the traditional methods that would result in patients needing to come back for readjustments. Now with live speech mapping, small microphones are put in the ear canal so that the audiologist can see what the patient is hearing in real time. Once adjustments are made, the hearing aid is better suited for the individual it was intended for. Since this is part of the fitting process, having a friend or loved one present will help with the process. A familiar voice to test live speech mapping is essential in getting everything right the first time around.