No-Charge Hearing Assessment: At Quinte Hearing Centre, we provide comprehensive diagnostic hearing assessments for all of our patients. There is no charge for this. A hearing assessment with us will include the following: Case history: We sit down with you to discuss the reasons you came to see us and what you would like to achieve. Your lifestyle and listening needs are all carefully considered.
Case history: We sit down with you to discuss the reasons you came to see us and what you would like to achieve. Your lifestyle and listening needs are all carefully considered.
Otoscopy: We examine your ears, including the external ear canal and the eardrum, to look for signs of blockages (e.g. earwax) as well as ear-related problems that might require medical follow-up (e.g. ear infections). If significant earwax is present, the we have access to medical-grade microscopes and suction devices for removing it.
Immittance/Auditory Reflexes: We use a machine called a tympanometer to assess how your eardrums are moving, and how healthy the mechanical parts of your ear are.
Pure-Tone Audiometry: We play a series of tones and ask you to respond when you hear one. This way, we can determine your hearing thresholds for each ear individually, across the range of sounds that are important for speech understanding. We use the results of this test to establish the severity of the hearing loss, as well as the type of hearing loss.
Speech Testing: The purpose of these tests is to determine how well you can repeat back words at different volumes. We also establish your most comfortable listening level for speech, as well as your uncomfortable listening level.
Other Tests: At the discretion of the audiologist, other tests may be completed to better understand your individualized needs, such as how well you can hear in background noise.