Patients that go to Audiology Clinics of Puerto Rico for hearing tests can expect a thorough examination. Tests discover the type of hearing loss while looking for the root of the problem. This is important for tinnitus conditions since the cause can be a number of different factors, both major and minor.
Industrial hearing screenings
Workers in industrial environments are exposed to harmful noises during extended work hours. Over time, degradation of hearing becomes a bigger possibility. Industrial hearing screenings give workers a chance to check if their hearing is becoming a problem. The OSHA has strict requirements and procedures for testing. Many states have similar guidelines to follow based on the type of industry and employee. Industrial hearing screenings are as much about education as they are about prevention. Trained professionals are tasked with providing insight or recommendations for any worker suffering from potential hearing loss.
Diagnostic audiologic evaluations
Diagnostic audiologic evaluations identify the type of hearing loss in both ears. Audiologists need this information before moving forward with possible treatment options. It can also decide if surgery is a better option than medical treatment. If the evaluations find that hearing aids are the best treatment, then evaluations serve as the best way to filter out the best types. Doing so keeps the list from being in the hundreds and narrows it down to a select handful of the best devices. The evaluation is usually done in less than an hour. After the evaluation, patients form a very important professional relationship with their audiologist.
Diagnostic hearing tests
Age, case history and current hearing information are all taken into account before performing hearing tests. At the end of the tests, doctors will have a better idea of how impactful hearing loss is in both ears. They can even determine if the effects of tinnitus are present in the ears.
- Air-conduction testing – Earphones are used to test different pitches and tones in each ear. Hearing thresholds are measured, but accuracy depends on patient participation.
- Otoscopy – Otoscopes are magnifying tools that can detect wax buildup and physical abnormalities in the ears.
- Bone-conduction testing – Bone-conduction testing is the combination of a headband and vibrating box. The inner ear can then be tested for different types of hearing loss.
- Speech audiometry – Speech audiometry is another test that requires patient input. Audiologists ask patients to repeat words so that they can diagnose how the user processes speech.