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Hearing Evaluations

Hearing Evaluations

An Audiologist is the specialist who evaluates, diagnoses, treats and manages hearing loss in adults and children. We offer a variety of procedures that can be varied depending on the patient’s age and ability to participate in the examination. Hearing evaluations are covered by most insurance companies upon referral from your physician. If you are unsure if you have a hearing loss and are not sure if a complete evaluation is necessary, a hearing screening can be performed.

Part of what we explore in hearing evaluations

A comprehensive hearing exam is painless and will be conducted by a qualified professional at all times. Some of the major components of an examination include, but are not limited to:

  • Otoscopy – A visual examination of the ear canals (our video otoscopes allows you to see inside your own ears)
  • Audiometry – Conducted in a sound treated booth, this procedure assesses an individual’s ability to hear various sounds in each ear. Testing with speech is also provided to determine the ability to hear the presence of speech and the ability to understand speech both in quiet and in background noise.
  • Tympanometry – This is a quick test that requires no response from the patient. It evaluates both the pressure in the middle ear and the mobility of the eardrum and bones of the middle ear. This test provides a variety of diagnostic information and is a strong indicator of several medical conditions.
  • Acoustic reflex – This test identifies a muscle reflex in the ear in response to loud sound. Variations of this test provide a variety of diagnostic information for a variety of medical conditions.
  • Oto-acoustic emissions – This test assesses the status of the sensory hearing cells within the inner ear. The patient does not have to respond – this test can be measured with the patient awake or asleep. Various sounds are presented to the ear and a microphone records the responses of the sensory cells.
  • Education and counseling – The results of the examination are always explained in easy to understand terms. The need for additional testing or medical evaluation, recommended treatment, the effects of the hearing loss on the individual and their loved ones, and the prognosis for success will also be reviewed. If hearing aids are recommended, a live demonstration is a powerful tool to both recognize the hearing loss and the potential for better hearing.

Other tests will show if you can tell the difference between words that sound alike, such as fin, pin, tin, and thin. This evaluation is performed by one of our four audiologists or two hearing instrument specialists.

THE TYMPANOGRAM

A tympanogram may be done to test the health and function of your eardrums and middle ears.The cost of a complete hearing evaluation is covered by most insurance companies upon referral from your physician.If you are unsure if you have a hearing loss and are not sure if a complete evaluation is necessary, a hearing screening can be performed. This is a quick measure of how well you hear each tone to determine if you may benefit from amplification.

THE AUDIOGRAM

An audiogram is a graph that shows how well you heard the different tones that were tested. Along the top of the graph are the frequencies (pitches) that were tested and down the side of the graph shows loudness (in decibels). The softest levels you could hear at each frequency are charted, with the top of the graph indicating better hearing. Normal hearing ranges from 0 to 25 dB for adults. A tympanogram may be done to test the health and function of your eardrums and middle ears.The cost of a complete hearing evaluation is covered by most insurance companies upon referral from your physician.If you are unsure if you have a hearing loss and are not sure if a complete evaluation is necessary, a hearing screening can be performed. This is a quick measure of how well you hear each tone to determine if you may benefit from amplification.

SCHEDULE YOUR HEARING EVALUATION TODAY!

We have served your friends and neighbors in North Dakota since 1983. Professional Hearing Services looks forward to treating you with the best care and quality. Visit us soon.