Audiologists Evaluate Hearing Using a Variety of Techniques
Several tests are commonly used to evaluate the hearing of newborns, children and adults:
- Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation – The purpose of this test is to determine the softest sounds a person can hear and then diagnose whether hearing loss has occurred and to what degree. The test includes listening for beeps through head phones (for air conduction testing) and through a bone oscillator (for bone conduction testing). The test also includes speech testing.
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) – This procedure is used to test infants and young children ages 4 months to 3 years. The child sits on a parent’s lap. When an auditory signal or sound is introduced by the audiologist, the child will turn his or her head to see where the sound is coming from.
- Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA) – When testing children ages three to five, the child puts a ball in a bucket or stacks a block on a tower when a beep is heard. These activities make it easier for the child to stay on task so that more accurate test results can be achieved.
- Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE) – This is a test of the integrity of the inner ear. In conjunction with other tests, DPOAEs can help an audiologist determine if hearing loss is present in one or both ears.
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Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group – Atrium Medical Offices
3811 Spring Street
Racine, WI 53405
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