It is recommended that infants and young children be referred to diagnostic audiologic evaluation sites having the capacity to perform the full diagnostic assessment batter. It is also recommended that audiologists, who conduct diagnostic audiologic evaluations for the pediatric population, have adequate experience in evaluating newborns and very young infants. This will help circumvent delay in diagnoses and intervention, as well as compounding anxiety for parent(s)/caregiver(s).
An audiological evaluation is a series of tests doctors use to help determine the type, degree and configuration of your hearing loss. The tests often provide insights on what has caused your hearing loss. Your doctor can use the information to develop a treatment plan that will be most effective for you.
Hearing testing systems with state-of-the-art facilities. Newborn hearing testing using state-of-the-art systems. diagnoses ear balance problems and suggest remedial measure.
How is Audiologic Evaluation Necessary?
Audiologic evaluation of infants should be completed as soon as possible after a referral from the
newborn hearing screening. The assessment should be completed by the time the child is three
months of age to determine ear-specific and frequency-specific information regarding the type,
degree, and configuration of hearing loss.
What tests may be performed during an audiological evaluation?
We will determine which tests you need and will examine your age, your current hearing status, and any other medical conditions.
Tests performed during an audiological evaluation may include:
Pure-tone air and bone conduction testing
Pure-tone air and bone conduction testing evaluates the lowest tones you can hear at different frequencies — high and low.
Bone-conduction testing is similar to pure-tone air conduction testing. During bone-conduction testing, your doctor will use a different type of headphone. Your doctor will be able to discern if your hearing loss has originated from the inner ear or from the middle/outer ear.
- Speech reception threshold testing may be used to confirm results from the pure-tone test. During this test, your doctor will try to discern the lowest level where patients can understand words or speech patterns.
- Word recognition tests may be used to determine if you can recognize speech.
- Speech-in noise testing will evaluate your ability to understand speech in noisy environments.
Brain Evoked Response Auditory (BERA) is a hearing examination performed for children aged 1 to 3 years.
Tympanometry examines the middle ear and tympanic membrane (eardrum).
OAE Screening Test
OAE is a hearing screening test for newborn, done after the child’s birth and before leaving the hospital.
Other Audiological Evaluation Tests
- PTA (Pure Tone Audiometry)
- Immittance Audiometry(Tympanometry & Reflexometry)
- Speech Audiometry
- Oto Acoustic Emission
- BERA Evaluation
- Special Tests
- Hearing Aid Trial & Fitting
- Hearing Aid Programming
- Ear Mould