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Providing Quality Hearing Healthcare Since 1979

Hearing Assessment and Hearing Loss

Hearing Assessment and Hearing Loss

ASC’s Hearing Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic testing TO ALL AGES - NEWBORN THROUGH ADULT.

ADULT COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION POSSIBLE COMPONENTS

Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S. It can lead to a reduction in quality of life, interfere with educational, employment and social experiences and has been associated with cognitive and memory impairment.

  • Impedance/Immitance Testing for middle ear assessment
  • Otoscopy
  • Complete pure tone air and bone conduction; speech and word recognition measurements
  • Otoacoustic Emission Testing for additional Inner Ear Assessment
  • Initial Tinnitus Assessment
  • Clinical applications/reason for referral:
  • Suspect hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness (vertigo, BPPV): suspect Meniere’s disease
  • Sudden Hearing Loss (unilateral or bilateral)
  • Noise trauma
  • Aural fullness
  • Middle Ear Involvement (persistent or following URI)
  • Otalgia
  • Rule out hearing loss with suspect cognitive/memory impairment
  • Suspect ototoxicity (medication related)
  • Baseline data for noise exposure Industrial hearing testing
  • Hearing Aid Candidacy
  • Custom noise protection: custom swim mold fabrication

PEDIATRIC COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION POSSIBLE COMPONENTS

3 out of 100 school children are affected by hearing impairment that can lead to educational and social concerns. A mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion.

  • Otoscopy
  • Impedance/Immitance Testing for middle ear assessment
  • Pure Tone Play Audiometry (Headphone/insert assessment, speech detection threshold, possible word recognition assessment)
  • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (Sound Field assessment)
  • Otoacoustic Emision Testing for additional individual Inner Ear assessment (cochlea integrity)
  • Auditory Brainstem Response Testing: non-sedated (estimation of individual ear auditory sensitivity, indicator in auditory neuropathy, additional 8th nerve dysfunctions)
  • Clinical applications/reason for referral:
  • Suspect hearing loss (lack of awareness to auditory stimuli)
  • Failed newborn hearing screening

High risk pregnancy factors to include prematurity, low birth weight, extended stay in NICU, other high risk birth anomalies (suspect syndromes), high bilirubin, low APGAR scores, blood transfusions, maternal infections (e.g., CMV, etc.), high doses of oxygen, ototoxic medications, malformed ear(s)/cleft palate/other facial anomalies

  • Frequent ear infections
  • Speech and language delays: Concerns with academic performance
  • Congenital/familial hearing loss history

Remember: Early identification and remediation = better overall success for speech and language development and academic/social success!!!