At the Taylor Listening Center, we offer a wide range of services to better understand and diagnose your hearing abilities.
1. Pure tone audiometry – This test determines the hearing abilities of patients in respect to different frequencies or pitches of sounds. The softest audible sounds are plotted on an audiogram, or graph representing hearing sensitivity. This information helps quantify hearing loss and is one determining factor in hearing device candidacy.
2. Speech audiometry – Comprised of two subtests. First the patient is familiarized with a list of two syllable words and then is asked to repeat back the words at decreasing levels of loudness until the patient can no longer successfully repeat back. This test is used to judge reliability of pure tone audiometry. The second test is called Word Recognition (WR). The patient is asked to repeat a one syllable word at an comfortable listening level in order to determine the patient’s ability to understand speech in an ideal listening environment. WR testing is also an important indicator of hearing device candidacy and can help predict success with amplification.
3. Tympanometry – Provides helpful information about the status of the outer and middle ear system including ear canal volume, ear canal pressure, and the ability of the ear drum to move back and forth.
4. Acoustic Reflex Testing (ARTs) – Objectively measures the contraction of the middle ear muscles, known as the ossicles, in response to loud sounds.
5. Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Testing – This objective test assesses the integrity of the outer hair cells located within the cochlea, the organ of hearing. OAEs are useful when testing infants and young children who are unable to participate in traditional pure tone audiometry. People with normal hearing usually have OAEs so it can be a useful tool in the diagnostic process.
6. Baseline Hearing Test – A baseline hearing test will include all of the services listed above. The results will be used to make future comparisons about change of hearing abilities over time. A baseline hearing test is recommended to all adults prior to noticing a problem with hearing. After a baseline is complete, the audiologist will make recommendations for further care, which may include annual hearing re-evaluations, hearing aids, or a referral to a medical doctor.