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Hearing Assessment Explained

People experiencing certain hearing issues frequently struggle with the disability to hear sounds clearly and loudly enough. In other words, these are the main problems that commonly arouse because of this unpleasant hearing-health condition:

  • Disability to hear soft sounds;
  • Disability to hear key parts of specific speech sounds;
  • Difficulty to separate sounds, which makes voices jumbled and with background noise;
  • Reduced hearing range that makes louder sounds intolerable to the ear.

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If you have noticed any of the aforementioned symptoms, you are highly recommended to schedule a hearing check test to determine your current hearing-health condition. The hearing test will give results of which sounds you can hear and which not. This information is also reliable in determining the level of hearing loss that is usually defined as:

  • mild hearing loss;
  • moderate hearing loss;
  • severe hearing loss;
  • profound hearing loss.

Hearing Assessment Explained

When it comes to hearing assessment and testing, there are various hearing tests performed. For example, hearing at children is not tested the same way as hearing at adults. Here is a list of the most employed hearing tests today.

  • Air Conduction
    With this type of hearing test, the level of hearing is determined with pure tones that are played through a set of headphones. Hence, sounds pass down the ear canal, then the middle ear and the latest destination is the delicate cochlea located in the inner ear.
  • Pure Tone Audiometry
    The method of this hearing test applies listening to a range of whistles and beeps, called ‘pure tones’, thus indicating when you can hear them. With pure tone audiometry, even the softest sounds are identified and marked on the patient’s audiogram.
  • Bone Conduction
    This test determines the sensitivity-level of the cochlea, by placing a special, tiny vibrator on the mastoid bone that is located right behind the ear. Therefore, sounds travel through the skull bones to all hearing nerves and the cochlea, thus bypassing the middle ear.
  • Tympanometry
    This is not a typical hearing test, but a special test to determine how well the middle-ear system functions and how well the eardrum moves. For carrying out the tympanometry, a tiny rubber tip is placed in the ear and a small amount of air is pumped into the outer ear canal. Thus, if there is a particular problem with\in the middle ear, it will immediately show up with this test.