Hearing Testing

At Champlain Valley Audiology we conduct our initial hearing assessments with a straightforward four-step process for pediatric and adult patients.

 

Step One: Information Gathering

We will discuss the hearing or tinnitus concerns as well as obtain past and present pertinent medical history.

Step Two: The Examination

Testing is conducted in a quiet sound reduction booth. Testing may be performed using a variety of headphones as well as automated testing of the cochlea, auditory nerve, and middle ear space.

From this assessment the audiologist can determine the type and degree of hearing loss, as well as which specific speech sounds can be heard or not heard.

Step Three: The Testing

Testing is conducted in a quiet sound reduction booth. Testing may be performed using a variety of headphones as well as automated testing of the cochlea, auditory nerve, and middle ear space.

From this assessment the audiologist can determine the type and degree of hearing loss, as well as which specific speech sounds can be heard or not heard. If the patient is being seen for tinnitus evaluation, additional tinnitus testing will also be conducted at this time.

Step Four: Results and Recommendations

Results of your hearing or tinnitus test will be thoroughly discussed with you. You should leave with an understanding of how much hearing loss you have, what likely caused your hearing loss, if you are higher risk for medical problems as a result of your hearing loss, and what recommendations should be considered.

Additionally, if hearing loss is found, we will recommend and explain the benefits of suitable solutions (if necessary) for your degree of hearing loss and your lifestyle. If there is anyone you would like to hear the test results, and be part of the treatment recommendations, we encourage you to bring this person with you. Typically a good deal of information is shared at this time.

 ** For more information on the hearing testing process Watch This Video

 

Treatment or Management of Hearing Loss May Include:

 

Hearing Aids

Amplification with hearing aids is the preferred treatment for most types of sensorineural hearing loss and some conductive or mixed hearing losses. Hearing aids can provide significant improvements in understanding speech. We will look at the results together and you will be provided with the expected degree of improvement in communication with specific hearing aids, if hearing aids are an option for your hearing loss

Corrective surgery, auditory implants, or possible medical treatment of hearing loss

If the hearing loss involves the middle ear system, in part or in whole, you will be referred to an otologist (Ears, Nose & Throat ENT) physician for evaluation of treatment of the hearing loss involving medical intervention. If medical treatment is not recommended or pursued, hearing aids may be a very good solution for this type of hearing loss pending medical clearance.

Tinnitus Treatment or Management

Please see our Tinnitus page on this site for more information about tinnitus evaluation and treatment.

To schedule a hearing test at Champlain Valley Audiology, please call (518) 324-5707.