Hearing Testing & Evaluation in Rockwall, Forney & Wylie
The Hearing Center at Lakeside Allergy ENT is home to the top audiologists in Texas who perform hearing testing and evaluations, diagnose and treat hearing loss, and dispense hearing aids. Patients have access to our audiology services at all three of our Texas practice locations – Rockwall, Wylie and Forney TX. We offer a wide range of hearing tests and evaluations to classify the type and degree of hearing loss.
Book a hearing exam today using the form on this page, or learn more about hearing loss and our types of hearing tests below.
How prevalent is hearing loss?
Many people expect that only the elderly have hearing loss. But while more than 30% of people over age 65 do have some type of hearing loss, 14% of those decades younger—between 45 and 64—also experience some degree of hearing loss. Close to 8 million people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 44 have hearing loss.
Hearing evaluations are important to detect hearing loss earlier on and determine the appropriate treatment options in order to improve or restore a patient’s quality of life.
How often should hearing testings and evaluations be performed?
Adults should have a hearing evaluation at least once every decade through age 50 and have hearing tests at 3-year intervals thereafter. Infants and children also need to have hearing tests regularly. Testing for newborns is usually done in the hospital and children are typically tested at school (parents should ask schools about their hearing testing procedures). If hearing evaluations are skipped, the average age of detection of significant hearing loss is approximately 14 months. This late, language development is delayed and affects a child’s ability to learn and speak.
What types of hearing evaluation tests do you offer?
At Lakeside Allergy ENT, we offer a wide range of hearing tests to help our audiologists classify the type of hearing loss and the degree of hearing loss. A comprehensive hearing test often involves multiple components, which may include:
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test
The auditory brainstem response (ABR) test provides information about the inner ear (cochlea) and brain pathways for hearing. The ABR evaluation is also indicated for infants, children, or people with a type of hearing loss in the brain. The ABR is performed by putting electrodes on the head and recording brain wave activity in response to sound.
Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) Testing
Otoacoustic emissions are sounds given off by the inner ear. People with hearing loss greater than 25 to 30 decibels do not produce these very soft emissions. OAE evaluations can be used for newborns and can detect hearing problems in older patients such as outer ear canal blockage, middle ear fluid, and damage to the outer hair cells in the cochlea.
Pure-Tone Hearing Testing
Pure-tone air conduction determines the faintest tones a person can hear at selected pitches. During this hearing test, both ears are tested and the patient gives feedback when presented with different sounds. The hearing evaluation results are recorded in an audiogram. Sometimes, young children are given a more play-like activity to indicate response. The most common techniques involve visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) and conditioned play audiometry (CPA).
Pure-Tone Bone Conduction Testing
Pure-tone bone conduction hearing testing shows a blockage, such as wax or fluid, in the outer or middle ears. A small vibrator is placed behind the ear or on the forehead that creates gentle vibrations of the skull. This hearing evaluation can measure the response of the inner ear to sound independently of the outer and middle ears.
Speech testing is part of hearing testing. It involves a combination of listening and speech evaluations. One test is the speech reception threshold (SRT). The SRT records the faintest speech that can be heard half the time. Word recognition or the ability to correctly repeat back words at a comfortable loudness level is recorded. Speech testing may be done in a noisy environment because having difficulty understanding speech with background noise is a common complaint of people with hearing loss.
Tympanometry hearing testing is a test of the middle ear. It helps detect fluid in the middle ear, earwax or perforation of the eardrum and measures the mobility of the eardrum. Graphs can reveal a stiff eardrum, a hole in the eardrum, or an eardrum that moves too much. This type of hearing test is often recorded when children have middle ear infections.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any symptoms of hearing loss or would like to learn more about hearing testing and evaluation at Lakeside Allergy ENT, call our office at 972-771-5443 or get started by requesting an appointment using the form on this page.