Relief from hearing loss begins with state of the art diagnostic testing.

10% of people in the U.S. have experienced hearing loss, yet only about one third of those people are seeking solutions. We’ve discovered that the reasons people don’t come in for hearing test sooner are as varied as the people we see. Some didn’t realize the severity of their hearing loss – or the many things they were missing. Still others were afraid to admit they had a problem. Why wait? A complete hearing screening is the first step toward getting back in the loop and fully enjoying life again.

Our caring audiologists will take the time to get to know you, your lifestyle, needs, and preferences. Then a thorough hearing test will help us discover your hearing needs and what kind of solution best fits you.

A variety of hearing tests can be used to identify and diagnose hearing loss. Speech recognition tests are important because they reveal what you may struggle with in an everyday conversation. It also helps develop a baseline to test against when we start introducing you to solutions. Other tests your NWOHC audiologist may recommend include:

Pure-Tone Testing - A pure-tone air conduction hearing test determines the faintest tones a person can hear at selected pitches (frequencies), from low to high. During this test, earphones are worn so that information can be obtained for each ear.

Speech Testing - Audiologists will conduct tests of listening and speech. These results are also recorded on the audiogram. One test that the audiologist conducts during a hearing test is the speech reception threshold (SRT). This is used with older children and adults, and helps to confirm the pure-tone test results. The SRT records the faintest speech that can be heard half the time. Then the audiologist will also record word recognition or the ability to correctly repeat back words at a comfortable loudness level.

Tests of the Middle Ear – As part of a hearing screening, your audiologist may also take measurements that will provide information about how the middle ear is functioning. These measurements include tympanometry, acoustic reflex measures, and static acoustic measures. This type of hearing test is particularly important for whom hearing loss is more often associated with middle ear disease.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) - The auditory brainstem response (ABR) test provides information about the inner ear (cochlea) and brain pathways for hearing. This test can be utilized with children or others who have a difficult time with conventional behavioral methods of testing. The ABR is also indicated for a person with signs, symptoms, or complaints suggesting a type of hearing loss in the brain or a brain pathway.

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) - Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) are sounds given off by the inner ear when the cochlea is stimulated by a sound and the outer hair cells vibrate. The vibration produces a nearly inaudible sound that echoes back into the middle ear. The sound can be measured with a small probe inserted into the ear canal. This test is especially useful in infants as it can detect blockage in the outer ear canal, as well as the presence of middle ear fluid and damage to the outer hair cells in the cochlea.

After the hearing test is completed, your audiologist will review with you each component of the hearing evaluation to obtain a profile of hearing abilities and needs. Additional specialized testing may be indicated and recommended based on these initial test results.

A hearing test may result in recommendations which may include one or more of the following:

  • Further follow-up such as medical referral
  • Educational referral
  • Hearing aid/sensory aid assessment
  • Assessment for assistive listening devices
  • Hearing rehabilitation assessment
  • Speech and language assessment and/or counseling

Schedule your initial consultation with one of our audiologists today!
Our caring staff of hearing specialists, who are all doctors, will use the latest technology, most advanced equipment and their extensive experience as audiologists to develop the best treatment for you. Then, when you’re ready, we'll explain your options in complete detail, so you can make an informed decision.


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"For many years I have been helped with my hearing loss in ways that even my family doesn't get. I have come in crying and just their understanding and patience with me makes the world of difference. I sincerely thank EVERYONE for being there for me."

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