At The Hearing Group in New Jersey, we are careful to explore every possible cause for a patient’s hearing loss. We offer audiological evaluations with a hearing doctor for patients of every age.
Audiological Evaluations for Adults
All of our audiological evaluations are performed by a hearing doctor in a soundproof booth and take less than 30 minutes. We are extremely thorough in our evaluations and we treat a range of hearing loss conditions and symptoms non-medically. Depending on the results of a patient’s hearing test, we are able to diagnose the root cause of the symptoms and devise a lasting non-medical solution.
Pure Tone Air
With this hearing test, a hearing doctor can determine the patient’s ability to hear tones at various volumes. The goal is to determine the faintest tone a person can hear at selected pitches (frequencies), from low to high. Either headphones or insert earphones are used during the test.
Bone Conduction hearing evaluations are similar to pure tone testing. However, this test uses a special device that is placed behind the ear. The device is used to assess a patient’s inner ear hearing abilities, isolated from the outer or middle ear.
Both the pure tone air and the bone conduction testing require patient participation. The patient may be asked to raise their hand, press a button, point to the ear where the sound was received, or verbally respond to indicate that the sound was heard. All of the results are recorded and evaluated on an audiogram.
Speech & Word Discrimination
The patient will be asked to sit in the soundproof room with headphones. The patient will be read a list of words and then be asked to repeat them. This test evaluates the patient’s ability to hear and identify words correctly and find the patient’s speech reception threshold.
Impedance & Acoustic Reflex
Acoustic reflex is set to determine the possible location of the hearing problem. Every person has an acoustic reflex, which is a tiny muscle in the middle ear that contracts when a jarring or loud sound occurs. The hearing doctor can determine the extent of the patient’s hearing loss by finding the threshold (level of noise) at which the patient begins to react. Static acoustic impedance measures the volume of the ear canal and the mobility and compliance of the tympanic membrane or ear drum. This is primarily used to determine the extent of damage the patient might have suffered to their eardrum or middle ear.
Determining the function of the outer hair cells in the cochlea, or inner ear, can be crucial in detecting any abnormalities or diagnosing retro-cochlear disorders such as auditory neuropathy.
When a patient experiences persistent ringing or buzzing, we also perform tinnitus evaluations.
If our audiologists feel that the patient needs significant medical treatment following the results of these tests, then referrals for otologic (ENT) consultation are made.
Along with our hearing evaluations, we also dispense & repair hearing aids, and make custom earmolds for athletes—including swimmers—and musicians. As a part of our audiological rehabilitation service, we also provide appropriate assistive listening devices for iPods, telephones, and computers.
Hearing Aid Options
At The Hearing Group, our audiologists only offer the highest quality hearing aids manufactured by the most respected brands, including Oticon, Phonak, and Widex. We can also create custom-fitted hearing instruments, some of which are practically invisible.
Most of our hearing aids include a 2 or 3-year warranty, free office visits, and batteries for three years. We carry a complete line of digital hearing aids, including RITE, RIC, BTE, and Bluetooth enabled devices. With the use of Real Ear Measurement, we can tell if the hearing aids are working properly and whether they are providing the prescribed amount of amplification you need.
Experience Life Loud & Clear
The Hearing Group’s team of audiologists will not only determine the cause of hearing loss, but they will also work with the patient on prescribing the best course of action for treatment. From the moment a patient comes into our offices in need of an audiological evaluation, we are dedicated to getting them to a point where they can experience life loud and clear.