Our audiologists and hearing specialists can administer a variety of hearing tests to measure hearing for frequency-specific tones and speech. Hearing tests are available for people of all ages. Various techniques may be used in this process depending on the age of the patient and their response to the testing. By using highly-calibrated state-of-the-art equipment, our audiologists are able to determine the type and severity of a person’s hearing loss.
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Most hearing loss can be helped through medication, surgery or amplification. An ear hearing evaluation is key to maintaining effective communication, ear and balance health and overall well-being. Our communication with family, friends, educators, and coworkers is an essential part of our day. Our success and happiness in all situations depends on great communication.Early identification of hearing loss or hearing disorders minimizes adverse effects.
Only 29 percent of adults between the ages of 20-69 have had their hearing tested within the last five years. Bilateral hearing loss affects one in three adults over 65 years of age. Only arthritis and hypertension are more common chronic conditions for this age group.
Hearing tests are available for people of any age. You should have a baseline audiogram completed if it’s been more than five years since your most recent screening, or if you suspect a recent change in your hearing, tinnitus, or balance.
Typically, adults should have a hearing test every two to five years. You should also have a hearing test if you:
Discovery and Lifestyle AssessmentWe will first learn about your lifestyle and how you connect with your listening world. We want to understand how you communicate today and how you wish to communicate tomorrow.
Treatment Plan Recommendation and FittingYour hearing care professional will then recommend a treatment plan to bridge the gap and reconnect you to your listening world. We will then schedule a fitting appointment where your devices will be customized using the latest verification protocols.
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR Test)
Auditory Brainstem Response testing is useful in demonstrating the softest mid to high pitched sounds the hearing system can respond to. The test takes approximately one hour. Four electrodes are attached to the scalp and headphones placed in the ears. Clicking sounds are presented at various loudness levels and a response is measured on a computer. The response allows the audiologist to determine how efficiently sound is moving through the hearing system.
Otoacoustic Emission (OAE Test)
Otoacoustic emission testing evaluation is an evaluation of cochlear function (the sensory organ of hearing). OAE is a fairly new but very reliable test. A normal cochlea will emit an echo when a sound is presented. Earphones are placed in the ear canal and a clicking sound is presented in the ear. A computer monitors the ear for a response, which enables the audiologist to determine if the cochlea is functioning normally. An OAE evaluation takes approximately 30 minutes.
Electronystagmography (ENG)/Videonystagmography (VNG)
Electronystagmography evaluates the causes of dizziness, vertigo, or balance dysfunction. ENG is designed to test the function of several of the systems involved in keeping us steady and balanced. Use of electrodes or video goggles to measure and record eye movements allows for objective assessment of the oculomotor and vestibular system.
Cochlear implants are electronic devices surgically implanted in individuals who are deaf and can no longer benefit from conventional hearing aid technology. Thorough hearing tests by both an audiologist and physician can help to determine if a person is a qualified candidate for this type of procedure.
CEENTA has audiologists in locations across North and South Carolina who can provide hearing tests using the most up-to-date technology in comfortable environments.