We offer many evaluative procedures at Camino ENT. Here are some of the most common audiological services we provide to our San Jose patients.
Hearing loss typically develops very gradually and you may not notice symptoms until they’re quite advanced. Regular hearing evaluations with a San Jose audiologist are the only way to ensure you’re keeping up with your hearing health. These exams allow us to measure your hearing in several ways and chart your hearing abilities on an audiogram for a complete picture of your auditory abilities.
Auditory Brainstem Response
This type of hearing test, often shortened to ABR, reveals important information about how your inner ear and brain pathways are working using electrodes. At Camino ENT, we offer state-of-the-art ABR testing for evaluating hearing in infants, children, adults and seniors.
Camino ENT’s tinnitus exams aim to identify the cause of tinnitus symptoms, evaluate how it’s affecting your hearing, pinpoint the volume and frequency of your tinnitus and more. These evaluations are critical to treating your tinnitus successfully and can help us determine the best options for your individual needs.
Tympanometry is a method of hearing testing that assesses the function of the middle ear by measuring the eardrum’s reaction to air pressure. It’s helpful for revealing problems associated with the middle ear, including conductive hearing loss. We plot the results from this test on a tympanogram, which will reveal if your auditory system is functioning normally or abnormally.
Acoustic reflex tests are another method we use at Camino ENT to assess your hearing ability and middle ear functionality. They measure involuntary muscle contractions from sound exposure in the middle ear. Unusual responses can indicate problems with the ossicles, cochlea, auditory nerve, facial nerve or brainstem.
Often called the OAE, this hearing test is used to assess inner ear function by stimulating the cochlea and causing its tiny hair cells to vibrate in response. This produces a faint sound called an otoacoustic emission, which is measured using a microphone in the ear canal. OAE tests are an excellent indicator of sensorineural hearing loss and can be used for patients of all ages.
Hearing Device Evaluations
If you’re one of the millions of Californians with hearing loss, you’re likely using hearing aids to treat your condition. Today’s digital devices are more advanced than ever before, but they have to work their best to help you hear your best. Camino ENT’s hearing aid specialists offer complete hearing aid evaluations that can identify potential problems in your hearing aids that are holding you back.