Many adults report that the last time they recall having a hearing assessment is sometime in elementary school, yet hearing loss is the third most common medical complaint in older adults. Diagnostic hearing assessment is a combination of tests to determine whether hearing loss exists, severity of the loss, pitches affected, impact on communication abilities, and identification of the portion of the auditory system that has been affected.
Hearing assessment can be completed even for newborn infants and preschoolers as well as school-age children. Do not worry if your child is unable to answer questions or identify sounds or objects, there are physiologic test methods to provide information regarding hearing sensitivity that require no active response from the patient. Concerns regarding your child’s responsiveness to voices or environmental sounds as well as delayed speech and language development warrant scheduling a hearing assessment.Below, you’ll find a list of tests offered by DMG Hearing & Audiology along with a description of each.