Hearing Assessment

Now that you have learned some facts about hearing loss, you can take the first steps toward prevention or treatment. The following questionnaire has been adapted from a self-assessment tool created by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Please take the time to answer each question as accurately as possible.

Please take the time to answer each question as accurately as possible.
1. Do you have difficulty understanding speech in a group of people?
2. Do you often ask that statments, questions, and directions be repeated?
3. Do you hear people speaking, but have difficulty understanding the words?
4. Must other ever raise their voice or move closer to help you hear them?
5. Do you have to turn the television up louder than normal to hear clearly?
6. Do you ever have to concentrate so much to listen that you tire from it?
7. Have you ever avoided a situation because of your hearing problems?
8. Do you have difficulty understanding conversations in the car?
9. Do you have difficulty understanding on the phone?
10. Do you hear some people better than others?

If you answered YES to two or more of these questions, you may want to schedule a hearing test with our office. Through testing, our team of hearing professionals can tell you whether you have a hearing loss as well as its nature and extent. If a hearing loss is detected, an appropriate course of action will be recommended.

Do You Need A Hearing Test?

Your hearing is a precious gift – one you need to take care of or run the risk of
losing. An important part of hearing care is having your hearing checked

Basic Hearing Testing

Our basic hearing test is performed in a Sound Booth with an audiometer, a device that produces various pitch sounds (frequencies) at different levels (intensities). The patient responds to the sounds by pushing a button.

Results are then charted on an Audiogram, which gives the our hearing specialists an indication of whether hearing is within normal limits or if a problem may exist.

If a hearing loss is detected, more testing can be performed to better define the nature and extent and possible cause of the hearing loss. Each test evaluates a different part of the ear. Some typical tests performed include:

Additional Diagnostic Testing

Tympanogram – tests the eardrum and the middle ear which is the space behind the eardrum.
Acoustic reflexes – measures the movement of the tiny bones behind the eardrum.
Otoacoustic emission (OAE) – checks the function of the tiny little “hair cells” in the inner ear.
Speech testing – evaluates the effect of the hearing loss on understanding speech. Sometimes this is performed in both a quiet and noisy background, using live or recorded voice.

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Pamala A. Pannell is the Director of Audiology at Pro-Audiology of Nashville. She received a Masters of Audiology from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. She is committed to providing quality personalized hearing health care services for the identification, prevention and nonmedical rehabilitation of hearing loss using the most advanced marketed technology. She has earned the reputation for excellent patient care and takes pride in the quality of services offered to patients with hearing and balance problems.