At Lemme Audiology Associates, we’ve been providing hearing solutions to patients in Altoona and the surrounding areas since 1988. We have the training, technology, compassion and commitment needed to provide you with the highest quality hearing health care.
Our licensed Doctor of Audiology will conduct a thorough audiometric evaluation to determine the existence, type and severity of your hearing loss.
We will begin the assessment by asking you questions regarding:
- Your symptoms and concerns
- Factors that affect your hearing: are there certain situations or environments that present more difficulty hearing?
- Your medical history, a family history of hearing loss.
- Over-the-counter or prescription medications you’re taking.
- History of noise exposure- at home, on the job, in the military.
Then, we will perform a series of tests, including:
- Otoscopy – Is a procedure that examines your ear and ear canals, for the presence of debris, impacted earwax, and signs of rupture or infection.
- Pure-Tone Audiometry – A behavioral test that is used to gauge the softest sound that’s audible to you in varying frequencies. Each ear is tested separately.
- Speech Audiometry – assesses your ability to comprehend speech and recognize words. Works best with a familiar voice, such as a friend and family member.
- Tympanometry – This type of hearing evaluation utilizes varying air pressures to measure the condition of the middle ear as well as the mobility of the eardrum and the conduction bones. It is often used with pure-tone audiometry to provide a complete view of hearing sensitivity.
- Acoustic Reflexes – This hearing test measures the involuntary muscle contraction in your middle ear when it is stimulated by sounds.
- Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) – Sounds given off by the inner ear when the cochlea is stimulated, causing hair cells to vibrate and producing an echo back into the middle ear. When your inner ear is damaged, they tend to disappear.
- Tinnitus Testing – Tinnitus is a condition that often accompanies hearing loss and can be described as ringing, humming or buzzing in your ear without external stimuli. Using Pitch and Loudness Matching to indicate the sound that best matches your tinnitus may be able to help identify the cause. If there is not a medical solution, management techniques are available.
The results of your audeometric evaluation will be explained and we will indicate what type of treatment is best. If you’re a candidate for hearing aids, we will help you choose the right devices to fit your needs, lifestyle and budget.
Your hearing is precious. Let us help you reconnect with the sounds you love. Schedule an appointment today at Lemme Audiology Associates, located in Altoona, Pennsylvania.