How We Test

Hearing Evaluation

Audiometric testing (hearing testing) determines the type and degree of hearing loss. The test includes pure tone air and bone conduction thresholds, speech recognition and immitance testing.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) is a useful screening test to evaluate the auditory nerve and brainstem. It is frequently ordered for asymmetric hearing loss, tinnitus in one ear, or to objectively determine threshold of hearing in very young children and some adults.

Electrocochleography (EcoG) measures inner ear function to assist with the diagnosis of Meniere’s disease (excess fluid in the inner ear) or perilymphatic fistula (leakage of inner fluid to the middle ear).

Balance Evaluation

Electronystagmography (ENG or VNG) is helpful to rule out or confirm a disorder of the vestibular system.

5-Minute Hearing Assessment:

  1. Do you have a problem hearing on the telephone?
  2. Do you have trouble following conversations when two or more people are talking at once?
  3. Do people complain that you turn the volume on the TV up too high?
  4. Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
  5. Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
  6. Do you find yourself asking people to “say again”?
  7. Do people seem to mumble (not speak clearly)?
  8. Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
  9. Do you have trouble understanding women and/or children?
  10. Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?

If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, you may want to see a hearing specialist of the Ohio Hearing Institute for a free, no-obligation hearing evaluation.