Cutting-Edge Hearing Tests in Scottsdale, AZ
Specialized Audiology Testing by Experts
At Arizona Balance and Hearing Aids, we are committed to providing high-quality hearing and balance care to all our patients. That’s why we offer a comprehensive hearing consultation with cutting-edge hearing tests in Scottsdale, AZ, to fully assess your hearing loss and determine the best course of action for your hearing health. However, there are times we may need information beyond what’s discovered during your consultation. Specialized audiology testing focuses on specific functions not covered by our standard hearing tests and can provide our experts with a clearer picture of your condition and how we can best help you.
What is the Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test?
With normal hearing, inner ear cells transmit neural signals via the brainstem to the brain to be recognized as sound. In some cases of hearing loss, a malfunction may be found in this process. The ABR test assesses the function of the brainstem, as well as the neural passages from the inner ear.
During this test, you wear earbuds and relax on a flat surface in a sound booth. Our audiologist attaches electrodes to your ears and forehead. Through the earbuds, you will hear a series of soft clicks. Our experienced audiologist will record your brain activity in response to these clicks and that information will give them an indication of the function of this neural system.
What is an Electrocochleography (EcochG) Test?
Within the inner ear, sound waves are converted to electric signals that are sent to your brain to register as sound. The EcochG test analyzes the electric potentials generated by your inner ear hair cells, as a potential indicator of your type of hearing loss, as well as a sign of related conditions, such as Meniere’s disease. Because this test also studies fluid accumulation in the inner ear, it doubles as a test for balance. Again, you will be asked to lie down in a sound booth while our audiologist attaches electrodes to your head and ear area. Clicking sounds will be played through headphones.
What is the Otoacoustic Emission Test (OAE) Test?
Sound waves are transformed into neural signals in the cochlea of your inner ear. With normal hearing, an “emission” is the sound generated by the cochlea. The OAE test, like the ABR, requires that you wear soft earbuds and listen to a series of clicks played by our expert audiologist. This test measures the function and the response of your inner ear hair cells when subjected to stimulation. The OAE is useful to determine the early onset of hearing loss, as well as hearing loss in young children.
OSHA Hearing Tests
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that approximately 30 million people in the US workforce are exposed to hazardous levels of sound each year. Depending on the environment, an eight-hour workday in which a worker is exposed to noises of 80 decibels continuously may permanently damage their hearing. In response to the high levels of occupation-related hearing loss, OSHA has initiated a hearing conservation program which includes an audiometric testing program (hearing test) that regularly monitors a worker’s hearing.
Based on the level of noise in the workplace, OSHA requires that employers provide OSHA-approved hearing tests for their employees. These regular hearing tests keep a record of work-related hearing loss cases (with adjustments made for hearing loss caused by aging) and also inform employers and employees of protective measures that must be taken.
Special Hearing Tests for Children
Our office offers specialized hearing tests for children, including:
Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA):
Like the VRA test, the CPA test is used for young children, specifically between the ages of three to five years. Because hearing tests tend to quickly bore children of this age, the “play” aspect keeps them engaged and responsive. For example, your child may be asked to hold a wooden block to his or her ear, and each time they hear a sound, they’ll be asked to drop the wooden block into a bucket. During this test, your child will be wearing headphones and our audiologist will play a series of sounds.
Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA):
The VRA test is similar to the pure tone audiometry test and is used specifically for children between six months to three years of age as they may not be able to respond accurately to sounds cued by audiologists. During the course of this painless test, your child will be trained to respond by looking for a lighted toy when he or she hears a sound. Our audiologist will play sounds via headphones to your child and gauge your child’s reactions to the series of sounds.
Contact Our Office for Hearing Tests in Scottsdale, AZ, Today!
When you are ready to learn more about the hearing tests provided at Arizona Balance and Hearing Aids, give us a call at 602.265.9000 to speak with one of our friendly team members. To see if NeuroTechnology™ is right for you, CLICK HERE to request your or your child’s complimentary, no-obligation ABHA Hearing Consultation.
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As one of the premier audiology practices in Scottsdale, AZ, our team at Arizona Balance and Hearing Aids also provides 5-star-rated hearing and balance services to patients from North Phoenix, Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Avondale, Glendale & Peoria, AZ, and surrounding areas.