Hearing management

Posted by: Nelis | 2011-03-08


Repeating the same test, or a battery of tests in one siiting

In the online article Hearing Management the following is stated: " Identification without follow-up is worthless. A person''s hearing can be determined with a series of tests, and never after a single test." 
Can you please clarify whether this constitutes a battery of tests in one consulation or a series of consultations to repeat the same test? Can you clarify which tests are essential to determin hearing loss?

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Hi Nelis

This statement is correct. A test battery is usually what constitutes a set of test done during a singel consultation to determine he hearing status. The normal test in this battery for which the customer is billed is:
1. Consultation during which a full case history is taken
2. Otoscopic evaluation of the outer ear
3. Pure tone air conduction testing (L&R)
4. Pure tone bone conduction testing (L&R)
5. Seech audiometry including Speech reception thresholds and Speech discrimination testing

Further tests can be added to this battery if needed:
6. Tympanometry and reflex testing to thest the status of the middle ears
7. Otoacoustic Emmission testing to assess the outer haircells of the cochlea

Part of the extended tst battery for specific assessments ( usually done at a later stage or requested by a specialist):
8. Electrophysiological testing (objective tests done using electrodes to measure brain stem activitiy in response to sound) ABR, ASSR and Tone Bursts
9. ENG/VNG test to establish the reason for dizzyness and/or virtigo.

Hope this answers your question.

Please feel free to contact me should you require any further information.


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