Evaluation and Diagnosis of Hearing Loss
Audiometric testing helps to identify any current hearing issues. This hearing evaluation allows for a thorough understanding of the capabilities and limitations of an individual to communicate in a variety of different listening situations. The information learned in the evaluation enables the audiologist to develop a treatment plan that will improve the patient's quality of life. Our audiologists are an important part of the care team and work closely with doctors when necessary.
Adult Screening Recommendations
- At the age of 50, have your hearing screened every three years.
- Prior to age 50, receive a screening every ten years.
Pediatric Screening Recommendations
- In the United States, all children are required to be screened for hearing loss by one month of age.
- For any child who does not pass their hearing screen at birth, our goal is to do a diagnostic test by age 3 months.
- Any child who is found to have hearing loss, should receive treatment (hearing aid(s) and early intervention) by age 6 months.
- Children at risk for acquired, progressive or delayed-onset hearing loss should have at least one additional hearing test by 2 to 2 ½ years of age.
- Children who have a family history of hearing loss, Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) or Meningitis.
Depending on your location, services may include:
- Newborn and infant hearing tests (Otoacoustic Emission and Auditory Brainstem Response)
- Behavioral hearing tests (Pediatric and Adults)
- Immittance measures such as tympanometry
- Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) testing
- Hearing conservation services
- Hearing aid evaluation, fitting and management (including bone conduction hearing device candidacy)
- Services related to remote microphone and other assistive technology