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Audiology Consultation Specialist

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. -  - Otolaryngologist

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC.

Otolaryngologists & Audiologists located in Kittery, ME & Stratham, NH

If you’re worried about your hearing or you notice your child is falling behind in speech and communication skills, it’s time to schedule an audiology consultation. The experienced team at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. offers comprehensive audiology evaluations for people of every age, carefully evaluating all aspects of hearing to identify and treat any problems. To schedule an audiology consultation, book an appointment online or call the office in Kittery, Maine, or Stratham, New Hampshire, today.

Audiology Consultation Q & A

When do I need an audiology consultation?

The goal of an audiology consultation is to evaluate your hearing and determine if you have hearing loss or another ear problem that affects your hearing. 

You should schedule an audiology consultation if you notice signs such as:

  • Asking others to speak up
  • Being unable to hear due to background noise
  • Being unable to follow conversations
  • Feeling pressure in your ears
  • Having tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
  • Struggling to hear high-pitched sounds
  • Needing to turn up the volume on your TV
  • Struggling to hear over the telephone

Children may not be able to follow simple commands, or they may get frustrated when trying to participate in conversations. Hearing problems in children are often most noticeable at school and may show up as behavioral and socialization problems.

What happens during an audiology consultation?

Your audiologist reviews your medical history and asks questions about issues that affect your hearing. They need to know about your exposure to loud noises, medications you take, and if you have a family history of hearing problems.

Then they examine your outer ear, ear canal, and eardrum, looking for signs of inflammation, infection, or impacted earwax. Finally, you have one or more hearing tests.

What hearing tests are part of my audiology consultation?

There are many different hearing tests, so your Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. audiologist begins with a few basic tests and then proceeds to more specialized testing if needed. 

In most cases, an audiology consultation includes:

Pure tone audiometry

Most people are familiar with this hearing test. You wear headphones and listen to a series of tones at different pitches and volumes. You simply indicate when you can hear the tone. The test shows the lowest tones you can hear at different pitches.

Speech audiometry

During this test, you listen to a recording of common words spoken at different volumes, and your audiologist asks you to repeat the words. The goal is to determine how loud speech needs to be for you to hear it. The test also evaluates how clearly you understand spoken words.

Tympanometry

You may have tympanometry, which tests your acoustic reflexes. Your audiologist evaluates how well your eardrum responds to sound waves and if it vibrates enough to activate small bones in your middle ear.

If your provider diagnoses hearing loss, they can recommend a hearing aid if needed and talk with you about your choices.

If you’re worried about hearing loss, call Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC., or book an appointment online today.