Saints Audiology Special Testing
Special Tests Pinpoint Problems with Ear Function
Audiologists use some of the following tests to determine problems with balance or how the ear is functioning.
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) – This test requires no response from the patient. Electrodes placed on the ear record brain waves in response to tones presented to the ear. This measures the function of the acoustic neural pathways beyond the inner ear.
- Videonystagmography (VNG) – This is a test for patients who have been experiencing dizziness or imbalance. The test allows the audiologist to record and analyze eye movements, measuring the function of the inner ear in terms of balance in regard to eye movement.
- Reflex testing – This is a test of the contraction of one or both of the middle-ear muscles in response to a loud sound in order to help determine problems in the acoustic neural pathways beyond the inner ear.
- Tympanometry – This is a quick test in which the pressure between a probe tip and the eardrum is gradually changed to measure eardrum movement and help determine middle ear function.
For more information about our audiology services or to schedule an appointment, call (262) 687-8210.
Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group – Atrium Medical Offices
3811 Spring Street
Racine, WI 53405
If you are having trouble with your hearing aid, call (262) 687-8256.