Assessing Hearing Problems
HISTORY AND CANAL EXAMINATION
Every evaluation starts with a thorough history and examination of the ear canal to check for wax. We use a video-otoscope so that we may have a detailed picture of the ear canal.
The basic evaluation takes approximately 45 minutes. Thresholds (the softest level at which you can hear) are established for tones and speech. Speech understanding is evaluated at optimum performance levels, normal conversational level, and with noise in the background.
ROUTINE ELECTROACOUSTIC TESTS
Tests that don't require responses from the patient are done to assess the condition of the middle ear (immitance) and the outer haircells of the cochlea (otoacoustic emissions).