Adult Hearing Assessments
A basic hearing assessment consists of a pure tone audiogram for air and bone conduction and a noise acceptance test. In more complex cases a short-term memory or Central Auditory Function Evaluation might be indicated.
All hearing assessments start with an in-depth explanation on what exactly we will do and how you are expected to participate in the test.
- We will start by looking into your ears (Otoscopy) to make sure your there is no wax or any other condition which will prevent us from proceeding with testing.
- The most basic test will be a pure tone audiogram for air and bone conduction. The purpose of this test is to establish the softest sounds you can still hear, your threshold of your hearing. This test will be followed by a hearing in noise test to evaluate your ability to accept listening to noise. This two tests form the basis to recommend you the right hearing aids technologies.
- In some instances, where we find that your tolerance to noise is very bad, we will proceed to make some tests to evaluate your Central Auditory Processing (CAP) and Short-term memory skills. We are assessing your CAP skills based on the German Warnke method. In all we will conduct 8 different short tests assessing not just your CAP but also related visual and motoric central processing skills. The outcome of these tests gives us a clear indication on how successful you will be with amplification and if you need additional therapy.
- A good short-term memory test is essential for good speech understanding. We will assess your ability by asking you to repeat longer and longer strings of syllables. The longer a string of syllables you can repeat, the better your short-term memory. This test will also contribute to our understanding of your success with amplification and if further and different therapy is necessary.