Hearing Screenings & Hearing Tests in West Virginia
Advanced Hearing Solutions uses state-of-the-art equipment to provide patients throughout West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland with the most reliable testing and hearing solutions. We work with the newest and latest technology in hearing aid devices, but also refer back to dependable past technology and have the skills necessary to help everything in between. Our hearing specialists and staff are trained to provide you with the highest quality of hearing health care in the area, and will always make you feel like part of their family.
A hearing screening is the first step taken to determine if a person has any hearing loss or trouble hearing. The most common test is a pure tone audiometry test. A pure tone audiometry test measures the softest sound a person can hear. Sound is measured by either decibel, the loudness of a sound, or by frequency, the tone of a sound. During the screening, the patient will be asked to wear a pair of earphones that will relay a variety of beeps ranging in multiple decibels and frequencies. The patient will be asked to respond each time they hear a noise and in what ear the noise was heard. The results are recorded and will rate the patient as either pass or fail.
The hearing screening is a quick and easy process that we offer free to our customers. If a patient fails the hearing screening, our hearing specialists will discuss further testing with them to determine the degree and type of hearing loss they are experiencing.
A hearing test is the in-depth assessment done by a hearing specialist to determine the nature and severity of a person’s hearing loss. By using a variety of different tests, the hearing specialist can then decide which type of treatment is best to correct the issue.
A hearing test examines all three parts of the ear including the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. Each area of the ear serves a different purpose and may be the contributing factor to a person’s hearing loss.
Outer Ear – We will examine the ear to make sure there is no fluid or blockages. If there is an infection or obstruction, medical attention may be required to treat and resolve these issues.
Middle Ear – Tympanometry testing uses air pressure to measure the condition of the middle ear, test ear drum movement, determine the presence of fluid, and test the function of the Eustachian Tube. Acoustic Reflex Testing measures the muscles in the middle ear to determine if they correctly contract when exposed to loud sound.
Inner Ear – Speech and tone testing are used to determine the full range of a person’s hearing. The audiologist will test for the softest sounds that can be heard, the most comfortable level of hearing, and the most uncomfortable level of hearing.
The results of a hearing test allow the audiologist to determine what type of treatment is best for each individual patient. If you are a candidate for hearing aids, we will help you choose the right device to improve your hearing, fit your budget, and your lifestyle. Our success depends on your happiness, and when you’re happy, we’re happy!