How do you know for sure if you have a hearing loss?

You deserve to live your best hearing life. This brief quiz will point you in the right direction.

The recommendation will be made based on three broad aspects of your hearing:

  1. Type of Hearing Environments
  2. The Different Tones You Can Hear
  3. How Well You Hear Speech in Noise

 

This hearing quiz gives you a quick, simple snapshot of your general hearing abilities. If the quiz shows you could benefit from further testing, please contact our office for further help.*

*Only a true diagnostic hearing test can accurately gauge your hearing health.


Basic Hearing Testing

A basic hearing test is performed in a quiet area (preferably a Sound Booth) with an audiometer, a device that produces various pitch sounds (frequencies) at different levels (intensities). The person responds to the sounds by either raising his/her hand or pushing a button.

Results are then charted on an audiogram, which gives the audiologist an indication of whether hearing is within normal limits or if a problem may exist.

If a hearing loss is detected, more testing can be performed to better define the nature and extent and possible cause of the hearing loss. Each test evaluates a different part of the ear.
 

Additional diagnostic testing

  • Tympanogram – tests the eardrum and the middle ear (the space behind the eardrum).
  • Acoustic reflexes – measures the movement of the tiny bones behind the eardrum.
  • Otoacoustic emission (OAE) – checks the function of the tiny little “hair cells” in the inner ear.
  • Speech testing – evaluates the effect of the hearing loss on understanding speech. Sometimes this is performed in both a quiet and noisy background, using live or recorded voice.
  • Auditory Evoked Potentials (ABR) – checks the acoustic nerve function up to and in to the first part of the brain.
  • Electronystagmography (ENG) – evaluates the part of the inner ear controlling balance. Usually performed on individuals who experience dizziness or balance problems.
  • Auditory Processing Testing (APD/CAPD) – evaluates how the brain perceives or understands what the ear sends. Many times, this test is recommended for children who experience attention or learning problems, or adults who have standard ear function but still have “hearing” difficulty.