If you are a Long Island resident and suspect that you or a loved one may have hearing loss, it is important that you seek proper testing and evaluation by an audiologist. The purpose of an audiological evaluation is to determine whether hearing loss is indeed present, and if so, the type and severity of the impairment. The sooner we can discover the source and exact nature of the damage to your ear, the easier it will be to address the issue and prevent it from worsening.
Our audiologists use a variety of sounds and test equipment — such as earphones and an arrangement of speakers — to evaluate your hearing. The process is completely painless; you simply need be honest with us. And try not to fidget!
Testing may include:
Comprehensive Audiometric Evaluations
The pure tone air audiometry and bone conduction checks are straightforward hearing tests that are used to measure the softest (or least audible) sound you can hear.
To evaluate the function of the middle ear, we use an instrument to transmit a tone into it, then measure the amount of sound that is reflected back. This one isn’t a hearing test; rather, it’s an objective physical examination of how well your body responds to sound, which can detect wax buildup, a perforated eardrum, or other blockages in your ear canal.
Auditory Processing Testing
To identify problems with understanding speech, following directions, or listening in different environments, we’ll ask you to identify the words that you’re able to discern from a selection of recordings.
Otoacoustic Emission Testing
Similar to tympanometry, this evaluation uses a small probe to detect the nearly inaudible sound that echoes in a healthy middle ear when stimulated by noise. With this information, we can pinpoint possible cochlear dysfunction, which may include blockage in the outer ear, fluid in the middle, or damage to hair cells.
Hearing Exams in Long Island, NY
So, no needles, we promise; only a handful of questions and a bit of gentle prodding in your ear. It may seem a bit too simple, but these kinds of hearing tests are invaluable when helping professional audiologists decide on how best to help you! So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to set up your evaluation.