Comprehensive Hearing Tests
Areas of Dental Practices
An Otoscopic examination is the first hearing test performed in the office. It is a procedure in which the doctor examines the auditory canal and tympanic membrane for any signs of blockage or infection.
Tympanometry Testing is an objective test of middle-ear function. It measures energy transmission through the middle ear. This test is not used on everyone but can be utilized to help diagnose the type of hearing loss.
Audiometric Testing measures the patient’s ability to hear sounds. During audiometric testing pure tone sounds are delivered to the patient via headphones. This type of testing is used to determine the minimum volume needed for the patient to hear each tone.
Speech testing looks at how well a patient can listen and repeat back certain words. There are several different speech tests that can be utilized to help give us additional information on the severity of a hearing loss.