Hearing, Healthcare and Hearing Aids

Audiometry is a subjective measurement in which we obtain a behavioral response to speech and a range of pitches which are responsible for carrying the speech signal. Audiometry assists in determining whether a hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural in nature.

Tympanometry is an objective measurement which allows us to evaluate middle ear status. This measurement allows us to determine if a hearing loss is due to an abnormality in the transmission of energy; therefore, helping us distinguish between conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) are an objective measurement which gives us information in regards to status of the inner ear or cochlea’s outer hair cells. Outer hair cells act as a natural amplifier. Sensory hearing losses are due to malfunction or damage to these cells.

Real Ear Measurement is a method of determining hearing aid amplification characteristics in the acoustics of your own ear canal. Patients who are experiencing trouble with their hearing aids may benefit from this.

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