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Hearing Testing

Hearing testing has become increasingly sophisticated over the last thirty years. Although listening to sounds in a sound-controlled booth and responding in some manner (e.g., pushing a button, raising hand, etc.) is still the gold standard in the identification of hearing loss, other tests are used to identify additional ear and hearing pathologies. By using these specialized techniques, accurate diagnosis is possible and successful treatment is much more likely. Hearing tests performed at Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute (JHBI) include:

Comprehensive Audiological Evaluation

  • Commonly known as a routine hearing test
  • Patient listens for and responds to sound in sound-controlled booth

Acoustic Immittance Testing

  • Useful in identifying middle ear disorders such as eardrum perforation and middle ear fluid
  • Measures ear reflexes in response to sound

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)

  • Measures hair cell function in the inner ear and identifies hair cell damage

Electrophysiology Testing

  • Electrodes placed on the skin or in the ear canal provide objective measures of auditory electrical potentials

Auditory Processing Evaluation

  • Useful in identifying auditory disorders in patients who hear normally

Auditory Rehabilitative Evaluation

  • For patients who have identified hearing loss and are already using hearing aids or cochlear implants
  • Determines performance with a patient’s current devices in simulated real life environments