Getting the right diagnosis is the first step towards better hearing. In order to decide which solution and product are most suitable, it is important to begin by accurately assessing your hearing status with one or several hearing tests. Upon visiting the hearingTec offices or Junior Audiology Care Office (JACO), not only will you receive comprehensive hearing tests, but also the expertise and care of our highly qualified team of audiologists and technicians. Our staff will stand by you every step of the way through the entire diagnosis process and hearing aid fitting.
A. Impedance Audiometry: Impedance audiometry is an objective hearing test, which identifies abnormalities by assessing how well the middle ear bones conduct sound, and the mobility of eardrums, among others.
B. Otoacoustic Emission Test: Ideal for babies and people with developmental disabilities, the otoacoustic emission (OAE) test is a quick and objective way of assessing whether the outer hair cells in the cochlea are damaged.
C. Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR): Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) is an objective test that measures an infant’s hearing levels and brainstem response to sound using electrodes taped to their head.
D. Auditory Steady State Responses (ASSR): ASSR is an objective, time efficient test that examines children’s hearing ability and differentiates hearing losses within the severe-to-profound range by measuring brain activity while the person listens to sounds of varying frequencies and volumes.
E. Behavioral Hearing Tests: Behavioral hearing tests are subjective in nature given the need for the patient’s participation or noticeable change in behavior when a sound is introduced. They comprise:
- Pure-Tone Audiometry: Pure-tone audiometry is a subjective, behavioral test used to measure hearing sensitivity in each ear individually. Suitable for adults and children over the age of four, the test assesses one’s ability to hear tones at different frequencies and pitches. Read
- Speech Audiometry: Speech audiometry is unlike other hearing tests in that it aims at assessing a person’s ability to hear and understand spoken words. This test not only helps reveal a person’s type and degree of hearing loss, but it also reveals their word recognition abilities.
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA): This test is geared towards children between six months and three years old, who are conditioned to turn towards a moving toy whenever they hear a sound, making it possible to assess a child's hearing threshold levels at a very young age.
- Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA): This test is meant for children from two to five years old, as it requires them to perform a simple task in the form of a game every time they hear a sound. The end result is similar to the VRA; however, it is gathered in a more engaging manner.