At Harbor Audiology, we’ve been serving patients in the Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Silverdale, Lakewood, Port Orchard & Puyallup, Washington area with comprehensive hearing health care since 1998 including hearing evaluations and fitting patients with hearing aids. Hearing loss is becoming more prevalent. This isn’t just a problem for the elderly – hearing loss affects all ages and in different ways. We offer a variety of testing methods to find a solution to your unique hearing needs.
In an effort to best identify the presence, extent and location of hearing loss, we begin by having you fill out a medical and hearing loss case history questionnaire. After we discuss your hearing and communication challenges through an in-depth consultation, we perform a series of tests, including:
- Otoacoustic emissions testing –
This hearing evaluation illustrates how the outer cells of your inner ear are working.
- Diagnostic hearing evaluations –
A hearing test to determine the course of action, so the best treatment recommendations can be made.
- Tympanometry –
A specialized test to measure the ear drum’s level of functionality.
- Acoustic reflex/decay tests –
These hearing evaluations measure how successfully the acoustic signal travels on the path to the brain.
- Speech in noise tests –
Determines how background noise interferes with your hearing. People who suffer from hearing loss often complain about difficulty with background noise, so these evaluations are especially important.
- Real-time hearing instrument mapping –
A test that allows us to “visualize” the sound that is actually reaching your ear drums through your hearing aids. This is a visual tool that allows Audiologists to “see” what sounds you’re missing.
- Videonystagmography (VNG) –
This hearing test evaluates the function of the vestibular portion of the inner ear. This is useful in patients that experience symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, and balance disorders. Your Audiologist will often combine hearing evaluation tests (Audiometry, ABR, and EcochG) with vestibular studies to identify inner ear disorders.
- Industrial hearing evaluation –
These tests can be performed by an Audiologist here at Harbor Audiology.
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We will go through an in-depth analysis of your test results with you to find a solution that best suits your needs, even if that solution is providing you with a hearing aid. We are passionate about providing you with comprehensive audiology services and complete care to improve your hearing and your quality of life.
Contact us today to schedule your hearing evaluation. We look forward to serving you at our practices conveniently located in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, or Silverdale Washington.