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Hearing Tests

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The hearing aid specialists at Palmetto Hearing Healthcare Center provide state-of-the-art diagnostic hearing tests to diagnose the cause and severity of your hearing loss. The evaluation includes several tests to determine the best the course of treatment.

What types of tests are performed?

A diagnostic hearing evaluation may include the following tests:

  • Air conduction testing: this exam determines how well you hear tones at different frequencies, both low and high;
  • Bone conduction testing: this test helps identify the origin of your hearing loss, the outer/middle ear or the inner ear;
  • Speech testing: this assessment helps to confirm the results of the air conduction test and determines the lowest level at which you recognize words and speech;Distortion product otoacoustic emissions testing (DPOAE): this test determines how well your cochlea (inner ear) works;
  • Auditory brainstem response testing (ABR): this exam measures the hearing nerve response to sound;  
  • Tympanometry or acoustic emittance testing: this test measures the function of your middle ear and eardrum.

Why is a diagnostic hearing evaluation necessary?

Our hearing aid specialists, Tommy Baker and Lynne Baker, use these test results to decide the best course of treatment for your hearing loss. With this comprehensive evaluation, they can determine if your hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically or with hearing aids. If you do need hearing aids, the diagnostic hearing evaluation allows us to select which hearing aids will be best for your needs.

What happens during the diagnostic hearing evaluation? 

When you meet with one of our skilled hearing aid specialists, he or she will ask about your hearing and any complaints you have. A review of your medical history is included, along with any special concerns you have about exposure to noise, tinnitus or balance problems. Be sure to take a full list of your medications and supplements with you to your appointment.

The exam itself should take about 30-40 minutes. Then the hearing aid specialist reviews the results with you and answers any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to ask for details or definitions. It’s also a good idea to have a family member with you at this appointment for support and to help understand the information and recommendations. 

After the exam and consultation, you may be shown some different types and styles of hearing aids. It’s a good idea to give yourself an hour to an hour-and-a-half for the entire appointment.

At Palmetto Hearing Healthcare Center, we are committed to offering the highest quality of customer service in the Charleston area. Our mission is to improve the lives of our patients with hearing loss and to provide you with the highest quality of personalized hearing care. Let our family help your family. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. (843) 571-0744.

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