Audiology & Hearing Loss Testing

Hearing Loss

The causes of hearing loss fall into two broad categories. “Conduction” hearing losses are the result of problems in the outer ear or middle ear which decrease the transmission of sound to the cochlea. “Sensorineural” hearing losses are the result of problems with the cochlea or cochlear nerve which transduce sounds into nerve impulses to travel to the brain. Many hearing losses can be diagnosed by an examination of the ear, but often a hearing test is necessary. Most conductive hearing losses can be corrected either by medication or surgery. Hearing aids or implantable hearing devices are also treatment options. Examples of conductive hearing losses include the following:

  • Ear Wax
  • Swimmers Ear
  • Middle Ear Fluid
  • Perforated Ear Drum
  • Otosclerosis
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Trauma to the Ear

Sensorineural hearing losses are often permanent. Sometimes medicine may be tried to reverse certain sensorineural hearing losses but treatment with hearing aids or cochlear implants are more common. Common examples of Sensorineural hearing losses include the following:

  • Aging
  • Noise Damage
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Genetic Causes
  • Tumors
  • Trauma to the Inner Ear
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Hearing Loss Tests

Our licensed audiologists perform audiograms – hearing tests – using state-of-the-art technology as well as ABRs, ENGs, Tympanograms, Acoustic Reflexes, Electrocochleography and Behavioral Observation Audiometry. They work closely with the ENT doctors to determine the best treatment for your hearing loss.

If hearing aids are recommended, the audiologists work with you and y our lifestyle to obtain and fit the hearing aids that will best optimize your hearing.

Learn more about hearing aids.

 

Cochlear Patients

We offer HINT testing, AZbio and Cochlear Mapping for our established Cochlear patients.

 

Hearing Restoration Options

There are many options for treating hearing loss.