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Hearing Evaluations

A comprehensive hearing evaluation at Advanced Hearing Center in Dallas, Texas, includes a check of each ear, as well as its individual functions.

The audiologist begins your hearing evaluation with an otoscopic exam. During this visual examination we’ll check the ear canal for infections, abnormal growths, and/or debris.

A tympanometry test checks the condition of the middle ear, mobility of the tympanic membrane (your eardrum), and the conduction bones using variations of air pressure in the ear canal.

Services - testing at deskWe’ll also check your acoustic reflex. That’s a normal involuntary contraction that occurs in the middle ear in response to high-intensity sound stimuli. In this test, a small instrument is inserted into the ear canal and adjusted for a snug fit. You may feel changes in air pressure, but no pain.

Otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing examines the sound generated from within the inner ear. OAE disappears if inner ear damage has occured. Small, soft testing devices, the microphone and a tube to generate sound, are inserted in the ear canal, but there is no pain.

The hearing test uses an audiometer to evaluate the sensitivity of your hearing at different frequencies. You will wear headphones to listen to a series of tones. Each ear will be tested separately, and results of the test are plotted on a chart called an audiogram.

To determine how auditory information is being processed in your brain, we’ll perform an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Test. Because individuals with APD usually have normal peripheral hearing ability, special tests are needed for diagnosis.

If any part of the hearing evaluation indicates a medical condition, our audiologist will refer you to a physician for treatment.

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