Before a hearing test (or hearing assessment) can be conducted, an audiologist will first take a case history of the patient where after they will perform an otoscopic examination. An otoscopic examination involves the examination of a patient’s ear canal, and it is used to rule out any normal or abnormal obstructions in the outer ear canal, as well as to visually check the health of the eardrum.
After an otoscopic examination has been completed, a tympanometer is used to measure the pressure and volume of the outer and middle ear. Tympanometry enables us to reliably test the function of the outer and middle ear. We also measure acoustic reflexes and according to these we have an indication of how well the middle ear muscles react to loud stimuli. When the Otoscopy and the tympanometry are completed and the results come back clear, the patient is ready for his or her hearing test to begin.
Dr Tanja Beeton Audiology provides patients with reliable hearing assessments, performed within Dr Beeton’s on-site, custom built sound booth. By employing the very latest technology, Dr Beeton is able to gain accurate results, which will assist her in helping her patients to the very best of her abilities. If it is found that a patient requires hearing aids, we can provide them with sound advice regarding their various options for hearing aids.
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