At Audiology & Hearing Aid Solutions, our goal is to be the most comprehensive hearing health center in Northern New Jersey. Through our specialized services, we bring your ability to hear to its highest potential.
What is a hearing screening?
A hearing screening is a simple, painless and efficient method used to determine whether more extensive hearing tests are required. We'll ask for your hearing and medical history, then, we’ll conduct a visual inspection of the ear, an otoscopy as well as pure-tone testing.
Our thorough evaluation includes:
- Otoscopy : A visual examination of the ear canal and eardrum to determine if there is an accumulation of wax, an infection in the ear canal, or other visible conditions that may require medical attention.
- Immitance : Measurement of the middle ear and Eustachian tube function to rule out possible conditions which may be treatable.
- Pure Tone Screening : Evaluation of the perception of tones of various pitches. Pure tone screening shows the severity of a hearing loss and in which frequencies it is occurring. Pure tone thresholds greater than 20dB in higher frequencies interfere with the capacity to comprehend speech.
- Speech Audiometry : When hearing loss is confirmed by pure tone screening, speech audiometry helps to demonstrate the benefits of using amplification and hearing with both ears.
- Loudness Mapping : Used to determine the point of discomfort for loud sounds in specific frequencies.
Schedule your FREE hearing evaluation at any of our five convenient locations.
True or false: Hearing loss only affects "older people" and is merely a sign of aging.
The answer is false. In fact, according to the Better Hearing Institute, the majority (65%) of people with hearing loss are younger than age 65. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the number one cause of hearing loss and it can affect people of any age. NIHL used to be associated mainly with people working in noisy environments, but with increased use of earbuds and MP3 players, younger people are subjecting themselves to potential ear damage. An article on HearIt.org refers to NIHL as a world-wide epidemic.
Pass or Fail
When you "pass" our hearing screening, we will suggest that you return at least once a decade if you're under the age of 50. If you're over 50, we encourage you to return every three years. Also, if you exhibit new or worsening symptoms, don't hesitate to come back for another hearing screening.
If you should "fail" your hearing screening, we will conduct a series of more in-depth tests to determine the type, degree and severity of your hearing loss. We work with you to find the best solution to meet your specific needs. At Audiology & Hearing Aid Solutions, we offer comprehensive audiology services to patients throughout Northern New Jersey. You'll find our offices in Clifton, Paramus, Pompton Lakes, Mahwah, Morristown, and Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Schedule your free hearing screening online.