Audiology is a branch of science that studies hearing, balance, and related disorders.
Audiologists are professionals who diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance problems. By virtue of their graduate education, clinical training and licensure, Audiologists are the most qualified professionals to:
- Perform hearing tests
- Refer patients for medical treatment
- Provide hearing rehabilitation services
Audiologists provide a full range of hearing and rehabilitative hearing services. Specialized equipment is used to obtain accurate information about the type and degree of your hearing loss. As part of your fully integrated medical team at North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat, your Audiologist then shares this information with our licensed physicians to determine what course of treatment will most improve your hearing.
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What Tests Will Be Performed?
- Ocular Mobility checks for your ability to follow visual targets. You will attempt to follow targets with your eyes while an object is jumping, moving slowly, or standing still. Inability to track objects properly could indicate central or neurological problems or possibly an issue with the vestibular system connecting to the brain.
- Optokinetic Nystagmus also checks for your ability to follow visual targets. During this test, you will watch a large image that is continuously moving, and will be asked to follow the movements. Similarly, this test will give clues to possible central or neurological problems or problems with the vestibular system.
- Positional Nystagmus will help to give an idea of the health of your inner ear system. You will be asked to move your head and body into different positions, checking for inappropriate eye movements in each position. If there is any fluid blockage in the inner ear, it could be the cause of vertigo or balance issues.
- Caloric Testing can determine if you have vestibular weakness in one or both ears by checking to see if your ears can detect sensations properly. Your eyes will be monitored while your inner ears are stimulated (one at a time) with warm or cold air.
Pediatric Audiology provides hearing testing and hearing aid fittings for infants and children who are having a wide range of hearing disorders.
Hearing Tests for Children
Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)
Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)
Auditory Brainstem Response Monitoring
Hearing for Speech
Auditory Processing Testing
Central Auditory Processing Disorder
Audiologist Evaluation Results
If your or your child's evaluation reveals that medication or surgery are not feasible treatment options, the Audiologist will discuss the benefits of hearing aids with you and/or your family. You will not be pressured to buy hearing aids.
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