HOW DO YOU TEST AN ADULT’S HEARING?
The standard battery for a diagnostic hearing assessment includes: Otoscopic Examination, Tympanometry, Pure Tone Audiometry and Speech Audiometry.
Looking into the ear.
- This is an objective assessment of middle ear functioning.
- This test is quick, non-invasive and takes a couple of seconds to perform.
- A soft rubber tip is placed at the entrance of the ear canal. You will hear a low humming sound and experience a slight feeling of pressure.
Pure Tone Air Conduction
- You are seated on a chair in the sound proof booth.
- Headphones or Insert Earphones are used to perform this test.
- During this test you will hear a range of different sounds ranging in pitch and volume. You are instructed to push a button every time you hear a sound even when the sound is extremely faint.
Pure Tone Bone Conduction
- During this assessment a bone conductor is placed behind your ear and the headphone is placed on the opposite ear.
- Again you will hear a range of different sounds ranging in pitch and you are required to press the button when you hear the sound.
- Speech audiometry consists of two or more subjective tests assessing a person’s auditory ability using words, which is much more representative of everyday listening experiences.
- These tests create a clearer picture of the functional hearing abilities of a person and are also valuable in predicting a person’s success with hearing aids.
- You will be asked to repeat certain words.
- This test is again performed using either headphones or insert earphones.
Should you experience any sudden change in your hearing in either one or both ears it is important to consult with an Audiologist immediately. Be sure to mention the sudden onset of the hearing loss when contacting the Audiologist.
Industrial Hearing Services
We provide diagnostic hearing assessments for Occupational Health and Safety purposes.