- How Do We Hear?
- Hearing Solutions
- Audiology Services
- Do You Have Trouble Hearing the TV or Phone?
- Tinnius or Ringing in the Ears
- Making Communication Easier
Services Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists’ Audiologists perform:
- Audiological Evaluations
- Tympanometry and Reflex Testing
- Otoacoustic Emissions Testing (OAE)
- Pediatric Hearing Assessment
- Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR)
- Auditory Steady State Resonse (ASSR)
- Electronystagmography (ENG)
- Hearing aid sales, service, and maintenance
- Implantable Hearing Aids
- Visual Response Audiometry (VRA)
- Cochlear Implants
Hearing is assessed using state of the art equipment to determine the type and severity of the hearing loss. The patient is asked to respond when a sound is heard. The Audiologist assesses a broad frequency or pitch range for the softest level you can hear. Testing takes less than 30 minutes.
Tympanometry and Reflex Testing
Tympanometry and Reflex Testing measures how well the ear drum and middle ear system are working. A puff of air is delivered into the ear and the amount the eardrum moves in response to change in air pressure is recorded. The results are used to determine the presence of middle-ear fluid, a perforation of the ear drum, and other middle ear disorders. Testing takes about 5 – 10 minutes.
Otoacoustic Emissions Testing (OAE)
Otoacoustic Emissions Testing (OAE) is an evaluation of cochlear function. A normal cochlea will emit an echo in the presence of sound. OAE testing is performed by placing an earphone in the patient’s ear canal and introducing various sounds. A highly sensitive microphone measures the presence, absence, and degree of the response from the cochlea. OAE results allow the audiologist to determine if the cochlea is functioning normally and can take 10 – 20 minutes. OAE testing is performed on newborns prior to discharge from the hospital, which is mandated by the state of Texas.
Pediatric Hearing Assessment
Good hearing is essential for a child to develop speech, language, and learning skills. It is important that hearing loss is identified as early as possible (in the first few months of life) to insure adequate speech and language development. Hearing in Infants and babies can and should be assessed as early as possible. If you are concerned about your baby’s hearing contact our Audiology Department at 281-897-6066.
Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR)
ABR is used as an objective test for determining hearing abilities. It is useful in newborns and infants who cannot reliably perform behavioral testing. Four electrodes are attached to the scalp, earphones are placed in the ears, and clicks or tones are presented. The ABR provides information about the function of the auditory pathway to the level of the brainstem. A computer records the response to the clicks and tones, providing an estimate of hearing sensitivity. The ABR takes approximately one hour.
Auditory Steady-State Resonse (ASSR)
The Auditory Steady-State Response (ASSR) is performed in a similar manner to ABR. ASSR allows the Audiologist to estimate audiograms for those unable to participate in traditional behavioral tests using statistical measures to determine if and when a response is present.
ENG testing assesses balance and equilibrium. Eye movement, monitored by electrodes or goggles, is recorded in response to changes in position and other external stimuli. ENG testing takes about one hour.
Hearing Aid Sales, Service, and Maintenance
Texas Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists is committed to offering the most comprehensive hearing aid services in the area. Our Audiologists are trained to offer the latest in advanced hearing aid technology available. We offer a complete range of hearing aids in all styles and colors for our patients to select the best style for their active lifestyle. We offer warranty on all of our hearing products and will recommend and perform periodic maintenance on your hearing aid at no charge. Should your hearing aid need to be sent back to the manufacturer for service, a loaner hearing instrument will be offered at no charge. This will allow the hearing aid user to maintain good hearing while their hearing device is serviced. If you would like more information regarding hearing solutions call our Audiology Department at 281-897-6066.
Implantable Hearing Aids
Surgically implantable hearing systems for treatment of hearing loss that works through direct bone conduction. These devices are used to help people with chronic ear infections, congenital abnormalities and single sided hearing loss who cannot benefit from conventional hearing aids.
Visual Response Audiometry (VRA)
VRA is used for children beginning at just a few months of age to about three years. The child is conditioned to turn toward an animated toy or lights in response to sound. VRA allows the Audiologist to determine the child’s hearing levels.
A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin. An implant does not restore normal hearing. Instead, it can give a deaf person a useful representation of sounds in the environment and help him or her to understand speech.
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