Hearing loss diagnosis

Hearing loss is very common in adults that are above age 60. If a person happens to have a hearing loss, every facet of his life is going to be affected. So, if you ever suspect that you might be experiencing some of the symptoms associated with hearing loss, it is wise you consult a specialist as soon as possible so that they can give you the best advice on how to remedy your condition.

An ear specialist is known as an Otologist and they are specialized in diagnosing and treating a hearing loss and issues similar to it. In order for an Otologist to be effective, they have to work side by side with specialists like Audiologist and other specialists.

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Presently there are a number of tests that are available to help hearing health practitioners to determine the severity as well as the type of hearing loss a patient might be suffering from. For more information, do visit Acumed Medical Group blog.

 

Here are a few of them:

Bone Condition: This test is used to determine if a person has a hearing loss.  A special type of headset and a dedicated bone vibrator is used to carry out the bone conduction test in order to determine the type of hearing loss.  The working principle of this device is pretty straightforward. It works by sending a sound into the inner ear, bypassing the middle as well as the outer ear.

If the sound that is sent to the inner ear is heard by the patients, it clearly means that the hearing loss is within the outer and the middle ear and is therefore regarded as a conductive hearing loss. Also, if the sound is heard through a headphone or a bone vibrator, then it can be said that the hearing loss is sensorineural. If a patient has both the sensorineural and conductive hearing loss, the condition is then referred to as mixed hearing loss.

Word Recognition: Most of the times, a tone test is carried out first after the test, a word recognition test is then used to evaluate a patient’s ability to differentiate between the sounds of various words, and also to determine how clearly they can hear. During the test, patients are usually asked to first listen and then repeat what they have heard.

Air conduction: This is a test that is used to determine how much an adult and older children can hear. During the test, a range of tones that are high and low in frequency is used. A patient is first given a dedicated earphone that he is going to place on his ears, next, the patient will be asked to make an indication either by rising up his hands or pushing a button when he hears a sound.

The goal of this test is to help determine the frequency region a patient is having problems with. Obviously, the louder a sound becomes, the easier it is to be heard. The frequencies that are tested are those that are important in hearing speech and other environmental sounds.

Otoacoustic Emissions: The OAEs are used for one major purpose, and that is to evaluate how much the Cochlea is functioning properly.

Acoustic immittance: This test is used to assess and evaluate the status of the middle ear and other related structures. During the test, if there happen to be restricted movement in the eardrum, it could be a sign that there is a problem with the middle ear structure or with the eardrum.

Auditory Brainstem Response: The purposes of these tests are to measure the sensitivity of the ears and determine if the neural pathways are working or transmitting properly.

Final note

The goal of these tests is to determine the best approach to addressing a hearing loss.