Diagnostic audiologic evaluation
The diagnostic hearing evaluation begins with a thorough case history, where information regarding not only the health of the ear, but the human body, is documented. The audiologist will then visually inspect the ear canal and eardrum, and perform a test to determine your eardrum’s mobility.
The audiologist will then evaluate your sensitivity to frequency specific tones as well as speech. Your audiologist may test for speech understanding in different conditions, such as at conversational levels or in noise.
The results of the audiological evaluation assist the audiologist to determine if there are any medical “red flags” and whether a referral to another medical professional is warranted. If the audiologist believes your hearing loss may benefit from medical intervention, the results of the evaluation are useful to an otolaryngologist. As well, the outcomes assist the audiologist in recommending the appropriate hearing aids for your specific needs. The results are also used to create a prescription, by which the hearing aids are programmed.
treatment for Hearing Loss
A hearing loss may be temporary or permanent, depending on the type of hearing loss and the cause of the hearing loss. Medical management can correct some cases of hearing loss, including but not limited to, otitis media (ear infections), tympanic membrane perforation (hole in the eardrum), and cerumen (wax) impaction. The majority of hearing loss is permanent, and hearing aids are a successful treatment.
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