A comprehensive diagnostic hearing assessment can be conducted subjectively or objectively on all age groups using our technologically advanced equipment. Our Audiologists will determine which of the following assessment measures are appropriate for each individual.
Subjective hearing assessments:
Subjective hearing assessments are conducted at our hearing healthcare practice. The outer, middle and inner ear are assessed. An individual is required to respond to various types of sounds while seated in a sound proof diagnostic booth. The comprehensive nature of diagnostic audiological assessments allow Audiologists to determine the degree and type of the presenting hearing loss. This information is useful for effective management via; further audiological assessments, hearing aid fittings and appropriate referrals, bearing in mind individual needs.
Objective hearing assessment:
Objective assessments are available for those individuals who are subjectively difficult to test. These tests are conducted while an individual is in a relaxed state or asleep as no active response is required. These assessments can be conducted on newborns, paediatrics, adults and geriatrics.
Patel & Suleman Audiologists offer two types of objective assessment measures:
1. Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) A small probe is placed into the ear through which a sound is emitted and a response is recorded electronically.
2. Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Electrodes which detect the brains response to sound are placed on various parts of the head. Results are recorded electronically and are valuable for hearing aid fittings.