At Hawkins Hearing, we are proud of the quality of service we offer and the help that we give our patients. In order to give you the best help possible, we have invested heavily in state-of-the-art equipment for our office.

We provide comprehensive diagnostic hearing testing, using internationally recognized best practice processes to fully evaluate your hearing and determine the best options for you.

Prior to a hearing test, the audiologist will first examine your ears with an otoscope, looking for any visible conditions which may warrant a medical referral. Next, the hearing test will help determine if a hearing impairment exists and what level that impairment is.This consists of the following tasks:

  • Finding the softest level at which you can recognize words and tones
  • Determining how well you can understand speech in quiet and noise

Additional testing may include:

  • Tympanometry, which evaluates how well your eardrums move in response to pressure changes and can give us information about the status of your middle ear
  • Otoacoustic emissions, which are sounds that are produced by healthy ears in response to acoustic stimuli and whose presence or absence can give us information about the status of sensory cells in your cochlea

The results of the hearing test are reported on anaudiogram.

Speech Testing

What is it?

This group of tests allows us to assess the impact that your hearing loss is having on your understanding of speech sounds. We will determine how a hearing loss may be affecting your understanding of speech in both quiet and noisy situations. These tests help recommend suitable hearing aids for your specific situation, if needed.

How is it performed?

The audiologist will present speech to you in both quiet and noisy situations. During these tests you will be asked to repeat words and sentences with varying amounts of background noise.

Audiometry (Hearing Test)

What is it?

The hearing test determines your hearing sensitivity and can also reveal any asymmetry (hearing sensitivity that is not equal between the two ears). The audiometric configuration (the “shape” of the thresholds) and the rest of the testing also gives us more diagnostic information.

How is it performed?

This battery of tests involves carefully listening through headphones that are placed over the ears or insert earphones that are placed in the ear canals. Next, pure tones will be presented through the headphones or insert earphones, as well as through a bone conduction vibrator on a headband placed behind the ear. You will listen for the softest levelyou can detect, and will push a button or raise your hand in response. This will determine your hearing thresholds.

Additional tests may be added to the group of tests if an asymmetry of thresholds is found, or if you have tinnitus or dizziness.

Tympanometry

What is it?

This test measures how well your middle ear works. Your middle ear includes your ear drum, the middle ear bones, and your Eustachian tube. The test can reveal middle ear abnormalities consistent with a conductive hearing loss and/or a sensation of pressure in the ear.

How is it performed?

An ear tip is placed in the canal and is connected to a machine that briefly varies the pressure in the ear. By varying the pressure, the movement of the eardrum can be measured. It takes only a few minutes to complete.

Acoustic Reflex Thresholds

What is it?

This test measures how the stapedius muscle contracts in response to a loud sound. The absence or presence of acoustic reflexes can be important for differential diagnosis.

How is it performed?

Often, tympanometry and acoustic reflex thresholds are done together. With the ear tip in your canal, you will hear beeps that are progressively louder. You will not need to respond. Instead, the machine will automatically measure the response.

Distortion Product Oto-acoustic Emissions (DPOAE)

What is it?

This test measures how well the outer hair cells in the cochlear work. The outer hair cells produce low-level sounds called Otoacoustic Emissions in response to clicks. A conductive or sensorineural hearing loss will often result in absent DPOAE responses.

How is it performed?

With an ear tip in the canal, clicks are presented in the ear. In response, the cochlea emits asound which is recorded by the equipment. The extent of the response and the frequency atwhich the response occurs is measured and recorded.

Hearing Test Results

The results of your tests will be recorded on a form called an audiogram, which the audiologist will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies anddecibels. You will be shown the type, pattern, and degree of hearing loss, as well as the percentage of normal conversational speech that you are still able to hear.

Hearing Loss Treatment Solutions

The next step is to consider treatment solutions. You can count on our team to take the timenecessary to understand your concerns so that they can provide you with everything you need to make an informed personal decision.

A Clear Plan

If you are suitable for a better hearing solution,we will agree on a clear treatment plan that covers all of the elements of your treatment and your individualized patient journey. This way you clearly understand what we propose, how we propose to deliver it and how you can be expected to benefit from it.

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