What are the types of hearing tests

What are the types of hearing tests?

Hearing tests are used to evaluate and identify hearing loss. Throughout your life, you may undergo multiple hearing examinations. Hearing screening tests are performed on babies and youngsters in the United States. 

Studies show that more than 30 million Americans aged 18 and up suffer hearing loss. Hearing tests are used to determine whether or not a person has hearing loss. 

There are various types of hearing tests that employ various methodologies to detect hearing loss. One typical test identifies hearing loss and displays test results using audiometry and an audiogram. 

Hearing tests are non-invasive and do not cause any discomfort.

Why is it necessary to get a hearing test?

Hearing has a tremendous impact on an individual’s everyday routine. If you fear you are experiencing hearing problems, you may find it difficult to get through the day. 

Getting a hearing test does not have to be awkward or unusual in any way. It is important to monitor your hearing and get it checked at least once a year, much like a regular health check.

While audiologists are good at determining the types and reasons for hearing loss, it is also helpful to have a basic understanding of the normal hearing range so you can detect any red flags in the future.

Types of Hearing Tests

Otoscopic examination

Otoscopy is a clinical method that is used to check ear structures, namely the tympanic membrane, external auditory canal, and middle ear. The procedure is used by audiologists during general physical exams and evaluation of specific ear issues. This is one of the most basic hearing tests.

Middle ear assessments (Tympanometry)

This test will check how well your eardrum is functioning. We will place a small probe into each ear and it will push some air into the ear. Tympanometry can help diagnose if you have:

  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Otitis media
  • A perforation in the tympanic membrane
  • Issues with the eustachian tube

Comprehensive hearing tests

A battery of hearing tests may be performed to accurately diagnose the type and extent of hearing loss. Comprehensive hearing tests assess your hearing abilities in relation to age-appropriate hearing thresholds within normal limits. It aims to establish whether hearing loss is present, what part of the ear is affected, and pinpoint the type and classification.

Speech testing

One of the more basic forms of hearing tests is speech testing. This can determine each ear’s speech reception threshold. Speech testing can confirm the results of a pure-tone test performed on older children and adults. 

Tinnitus Assessment

Tinnitus does not have to be a major source of concern until it occurs on a regular basis and begins to interfere with your life. While tinnitus is not a form of hearing loss in and of itself, many people who have been diagnosed with tinnitus experience some form of hearing loss. 

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test 

The Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) test assesses the brain’s response to sound. Because this test is not dependent on a person’s response behavior, the individual being tested can fall asleep during the test.

ABR focuses solely on the acoustic (hearing) nerve, the inner ear, and a portion of the brain pathways linked with hearing. Electrodes are placed on the person’s head for this test (similar to electrodes placed around the heart during an electrocardiogram (EKG). Brain wave activity in reaction to sound is documented.

Hearing Tests in Rye, NY

Audiology and Speech Solutions provides comprehensive audiological, speech, language, and auditory processing evaluations. 

To address hearing loss and related communication issues, a thorough hearing test is required. Start your path toward better hearing today!

Contact us to book a hearing test in Rye. NY.

As audiologists and speech language pathologists, we focus on holistically treating all aspects of communication through diagnostics.