Hearing Assessments & Screenings

Comprehensive Hearing Assessments

Do you think you or a loved one may have a hearing loss?  Do you or does someone you know have a known hearing loss that needs monitoring?  Are you interested in learning more about your auditory system? The UWSHC audiologists and graduate student clinicians provide comprehensive, diagnostic hearing evaluations for individuals of all ages.

These appointments can include pure tone air- and bone-conduction audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic reflex measurements, otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), and reflectance testing.  We discuss the test results and recommendations for follow up at the conclusion of the hearing evaluation appointment.  Our patients are provided with a copy of their audiogram (the graphical plot of hearing thresholds) along with a personalized report via mail after the appointment.

Evaluation of Infants and Difficult-to-Test Populations

There are some individuals for whom traditional methods of hearing evaluation are not appropriate.  Our audiologists are experienced in specialized testing to determine hearing level for these patients, who include infants and adults with special needs.  We conduct evaluations using Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) and/or Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA) using two testers as needed.  We also supplement behavioral testing with objective measures such as otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, and multifrequency tympanometry measures.

See also: Electrophyiological testing

Hearing Screenings

Studies show that between 1 and 6 per 1,000 babies are born with permanent hearing loss; 35% of children in preschool have had middle ear dysfunction; and by school-age, roughly 1 in 100 children has a permanent sensorineural hearing loss (from ASHA).  The UWSHC has provided hearing screenings for the children enrolled in the Dane County’s Head Start program for over 25 years.  During this time, the UWSHC has been instrumental in detecting undiagnosed childhood hearing loss and middle ear disorders.  The UWSHC also provides community outreach that can include hearing screenings for adults.