For patients who suspect they may have a hearing issue, getting a thorough hearing assessment is an essential step in determining the best treatment. Dr. David Astrachan and Dr. Craig Hecht of Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut offer hearing testing and hearing aid services to patients in their Milford, Madison, and Hamden, Connecticut offices.
A complete hearing test is a full assessment of hearing ability, speech understanding ability, and the physical and functional condition of the outer, inner, and middle ear. This takes approximately 20 minutes and will allow the doctors to determine if there is a hearing loss, and if so, what type of loss and the severity.Dr. Astrachan and Dr. Hecht assist patients with hearing tests at their office.
The term "hearing assessment" may not always refer to a thorough hearing test. Sometimes hearing assessments offered for free at storefronts aren't as thorough as the test performed at an ENT's office. Patients who want a thorough picture of their hearing ability and ear health need to have a complete hearing test done at an ENT's or a licensed hearing professionals office.
A hearing tests starts with a pure tone audiometry, which measures a patient's ability to hear a variety of pitches. It takes place in a quiet, sound-treated room, and the patient wears headphones through which the hearing team delivers a series of tones at different pitches and volumes. The patient raises a hand or pushes a button in response to hearing the tones.
A hearing test continues with speech audiometry, which uses recorded or live speech rather than tones. Patients are asked to repeat back words they hear over the headphones at various levels of volume and pitch.
Finally, the test may involve tympanometry, which tests acoustic reflexes. This involves a plug that changes pressure and sounds placed in the ear to measure how well the eardrum moves. The combined results of all 3 tests tell Dr. Astrachan and Dr. Hecht whether or not a patient has a hearing problem.
For patients who do have hearing trouble, hearing aids provide help and relief. Hearing aids receive sound through a small microphone, convert that sound to electronic signals, and amplify the sound through a speaker located in the ear. Hearing aids come in analog or digital models. The Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut team helps patients decide which model works best for their individual needs. Contact them today for a hearing test or hearing aid consultation.
At Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut, we accept most major insurance plans including Medicare. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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