Screening and Diagnosis for Hearing Loss
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation
What is a Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation?
A hearing evaluation (also called an audiologic evaluation) is an in-depth assessment of an individual’s hearing by an audiologist. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the nature and degree of the hearing loss and the best treatment options. Audiologists use a number of different tests in this evaluation.
How is a Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation Performed?
On your first visit to an audiologist, he or she will start by asking questions about your medical and hearing history. This is called the case history. Next, the audiologist will look into your ears using a light, called an otoscope, and check for anything in the ear canal that might affect the test results or require referral to your doctor. Finally, the audiologist will conduct a test or series of tests to assess:
- Whether there is a hearing loss
- The cause of the hearing loss (to the extent possible)
- The degree and configuration (one or both ears?) of hearing loss
- The best treatment options
Where Can I Get a Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation in Ohio?
Audiology clinics offer comprehensive hearing evaluations. These clinics can be located in hospitals or stand-alone clinics. When the results of the hearing screening indicate that there are some hearing issues, it is recommended that you take your child to his or her primary health care provider for further evaluation. The primary health care provider will provide assistance on locating a comprehensive hearing evaluation in your area. Ohio provides a directory of Pediatric Audiology Facilities by County.
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