WHAT TO EXPECT WITH A HEARING TEST
There are three types of hearing tests that we perform at American Hearing and Balance. They include:
An audiometric test usually lasts less than half an hour. You will be placed in a soundproof room and provided with earplugs or headphones. Our equipment will emit sounds at various volumes and pitches. You will provide feedback when you hear a sound by pressing a button.
A tympanometry is an auditory diagnostic test that measures the function of your eardrum and middle ear. Our staff measures the air pressure within your ear canal, which should change as you hear a tone. The results are presented in a tympanogram, which is a special graph.
OTOACOUSTIC EMISSIONS (OAE) TEST
An OAE test is used to check the performance and function of your inner ear. This is the part of your ear that contains the cochlea. Our staff will put a small earphone in your ear. The probe emits sounds and measures the output of your cochlea, which we monitor throughout the exam.