Hearing Loss and Hearing Evaluations
Some facts about hearing loss and hearing aids:
- You don't think you have a hearing problem?
Approximately 30 million people have significant hearing
loss. Often, the first people to notice the problem is your
family. They notice that they often have to repeat themselves,
that the volume on the TV has gone up etc.
You may note that you miss a lot of the conversation but
are often too embarrassed to tell anybody. Similarly, your
family often won't say anything out of concern for your feelings.
The net result is often frustration on the part of both you
and your family.
- Your hearing is OK but your ears ring?
Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is often a sign of damage
to your inner ear, and is often associated with hearing loss.
- Hearing aids don't work?
While it may be true that hearing aids are not perfect,
they often are able to help you hear people more easily and
enable you to function better. Again, it is often your family
that notices the benefits; that you are able to hear them
better and are involved in more of their conversations.
- Don't Hearing aids look bad/embarrassing?
has advanced to a point that hearing aids can often be "tailored" to
meet your hearing needs. Hearing aids are available that
fit completely in
canal and are very hard to see. The intensity of the amplification
can be programmed to meet your needs.
Types of hearing tests:
audiometry helps us determine the level of your
hearing loss and the frequencies at which you have hearing
- Tympanometry is a pressure test and helps us make sure that
your ear drum is intact and functioning normally.
- Our auditory
brainstem response (ABR) can evaluate for problems
in the nerves of the inner ear. The ABR is a non-invasive
test in which electrodes are placed near your ear. Clicking
sounds are used to stimulate your inner ear and the response
of your inner are and your hearing nerve can be recorded.
The ABR test does not require any conscious response from
the patient. Thus it can be used to assess inner ear function
and hearing loss in newborns, infants, and developmentally
emissions (OAE) is a non-invasive test in which
a small microphone placed in the ear canal is used to record
the movement of the microscopic hair cells in the inner ear.
The test can be typically be completed in 5 minutes.
OAEs are sounds generated from the hair cells in the cochlea
of the inner ear, the part which is responsible for transmitting
electrical auditory input to the auditory nerve and its
pathway to the brain. OAEs are present in all individuals.
the OAEs are non-invasive, quick to complete, and do
not require a conscious response from the patient, they can
used to check the hearing in newborns and infants in
whom conventional testing with pure-tone audiometry cannot
done. They are often used in hospitals to do hearing
screening in newborns.
audiologists at Valley ENT are experts
at administering and interpreting all these
tests. They are
also licensed to dispense hearing aids.
They also perform servicing on the hearing aids.
If you are experiencing problems with ringing or with your
hearing, call our office to schedule an appointment for an
ear exam and a hearing test.