Hearing Tests for Teens and young Adults

Pure Tone Audiometry

This hearing test involves wearing headphones, actively listening for quiet sounds of different pitches, then pressing a button when it’s heard.

Otoacoustic emissions

Otoacoustic emissions testing is very quick and takes just a few minutes. It involves putting a soft tip into the ear. It measures a robust response from a healthy inner ear and is useful as a screening tool to rule out a significant hearing loss (greater than 35dB) as part of a battery of tests and information

Tympanometry

This test involves putting a soft tip into the ear. A slight change in pressure in the ears will be expereinced. Tympanometry measures the ear canal volume, pressure and degree of movement of the eardrum. The results are interpreted as part of a battery of tests to assess the health of the ear drum and middle ear and can be used to monitor glue ear, grommets or perforations, for example.

Speech Testing

This test involves  listening to words or sentences with or without hearing aids / listening devices.  The test can be carried out at different hearing levels/noise to simulate more difficult listening environments. Speech testing gives an opportunity to evaluate how well speech is perceived in different listening situations.