Hearing Testing

Hearing Tests | Elkhart Audiology

Audiometric Evaluation

A comprehensive audiometric evaluation consists of several parts. A case history will be taken to determine how much your hearing problem impacts your day-to-day life as well as the lives of your family. Questions will also be asked about when and how the hearing loss started, if there is ringing in your ears (tinnitus) and if you experience dizziness. You may also have to provide some basic questions about your general health history.

Otoscopic Evaluation

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An otoscopic evaluation will check for the build-up of cerumen (ear wax), the integrity of your ear drum and any abnormalities of the ear canal that may impact testing or require medical attention.

Pure Tone Conduction Test

A pure tone air conduction test measures the softest, or least audible, sound that a person can hear. During the test, you will wear insert earphones and hear a range of sounds directed to one ear at a time. The loudness of sound is measured in decibels (dB). The tone of sound is measured in frequencies (Hz). The Normal hearing range is from 250-8,000 Hz at 25 dB or lower for adults and 15dB or lower for children. The pure tone test is repeated using a bone conduction device to assess similarities and difference to the air conduction thresholds obtained to assist in the diagnosis.

Word Recognition Test

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A word recognition test (also called speech discrimination test) assesses a person’s ability to understand speech. If your speech discrimination is poor, speech may sound garbled. This test is routinely completed in quiet and without visual cues but an additional test in the presence of background noise may also be performed when trying to diagnose your auditory processing abilities. In our office the QuickSIN test is often used as a tool to determine if directional microphones or other type of assistive device may be needed to optimize your hearing abilities.

Tympanometry Test

A tympanometry test detects problems such as fluid, perforated eardrum, ossicular bone damage. Acoustic reflex testing evaluates the automatic response of the brainstem to a sound presented to the ear at various frequencies.

Otoacoustic Emission Test

An otoacoustic emission test (OAE) measures an acoustic response that is produced by the inner ear (cochlea), which in essence bounces back out of the ear in response to a sound stimulus. The test is often used with young patients or those that may be difficult to test since it does not require the patient to participate but to sit reasonably quiet. If there is an emission present for those sounds presented that are critical to speech comprehension, then that person has “passed” the hearing screen. It is possible to pass this test and still have a problem processing auditory information. So it may be used as part of a test battery.


An ABR/BEAR test is another evaluation method that uses a stimulus presented to the ear that detects a neurologic response triggered by the auditory brain stem. This test is often used with infants as part of their evaluation before they leave the hospital and with individuals that are difficult to test. Sharon currently refers this test out when indicated.
Sharon will explain your hearing test results on the day of your evaluation and provide a written report for your family physician. If any medical concerns need to be addressed she will provide the appropriate referral. If you demonstrate a sensorineural hearing loss and wish to learn about how a hearing aid might be helpful, then you may proceed with a hearing aid consultation.


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elkhart audiologist My foundation in faith and family has allowed me to face challenges and grow into an expert in hearing health care. I have immediate family in Elkhart, Indianapolis, Jimtown, Middlebury...

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