How We Conduct Hearing Tests?
Audiologists conduct a hearing test by using tools such as screening audiometers, diagnostic audiometers and an otoscope.
Audiometers are machines to evaluate hearing acuity. They are normally embedded pieces of hardware with a pair of headphones attached with some having feedback buttons for patients or controlled via the computer. Generally these machines would emit pure tones into the patient’s ears for screening audiometers. Diagnostic audiometers have additional functions.
An otoscope also known as an auriscope is a medical device to look inside the ears of a patient. This device is normally used to check for infections or other illnesses that could lurk within the ear.
Hearing Test in Perth
As hearing loss can be developed as one ages or due to infection, it is best to get acquainted with an audiologist to ease the transition in ones life. To get a Hearing Test in Perth, schedule an appointment with an Art of Hearing audiologist from the many clinics available around Perth. All the tools mentioned previously will be available in an audiologists clinic. No special preparations will be necessary when attending a test.
Audiology Testing Perth
The first step for the audiologist will be to verify with the otoscope, that the ear is clean of wax, eardrums functional, no infection in the ears and middle ear is fluid free. Once all the above has been confirmed the audiologist can proceed to the next step which is to use the Audiometer to run a screening test.
The pure tone audiometry from the Audiometer will be played into the patient’s ears at multiple set frequencies to either one or both of the ears of the patient. For each level of the frequency of the tone, the audiologist will increase and decrease the intensity thus testing different levels of stimulation and recording the patient’s response. The tones are generally selected within the speech region, between 500Hz to 4000Hz.
If an initial test with the screening audiometer registers as tail, then a diagnostic audiometer will be used. Commonly the tests that can be conducted with a diagnostic audiometer are air conduction, bone conduction, a variety of speed tests and over threshold testing.
For your audiometric testing Perth needs you can visit “Art of Hearing” for a consultation or call us on (08) 9390 8811. You can also find our conveniently located “Art of Hearing” audiology clinics throughout the Perth region.