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Hearing Testing in North Texas

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What is hearing testing?

Hearing testing is a diagnostic technique that uses different types of hearing assessments to measure and identify hearing loss. At Cross Timbers ENT, we offer simple but effective methods that don't require any downtime or anesthesia. These outpatient exams are highly accurate and provide comprehensive insight into the degree of hearing loss you or your loved one are experiencing. If you've noticed changes in your hearing, it may be time to get an auditory test. Call our office in Mansfield, Midlothian, or Arlington, TX to book an appointment.

What Are The Benefits Of Hearing Testing?

Hearing testing at Cross Timbers ENT offers great benefits to help you experience the world clearly and more fully, including:

  • Provides multiple effective tests
  • Testing is highly accurate and precise
  • It’s quick, easy, and noninvasive
  • Identifies issues you may not even be aware of
  • Helps improve hearing
  • Enhances your quality of life
  • No downtime

Am I A Good Candidate for a Hearing Test?

At Cross Timbers ENT, we believe that hearing health is a cornerstone of overall wellness. If you've been experiencing issues like muffled speech, difficulty hearing in noisy environments, or frequently asking people to repeat themselves, it's time to consider a hearing test. Additional symptoms that may make you a good candidate for a hearing test include:

  • Persistent Earaches or Tinnitus: If you often suffer from earaches or a constant ringing in your ears, these could be signs of underlying hearing issues.

  • Difficulty Understanding Speech: Struggling to understand others, especially in noisy environments or over the phone, is a red flag for hearing problems.

  • Frequent Social Withdrawal: Avoiding social situations due to difficulty hearing could signify it's time for a test.

  • Overuse of High Volume on Devices: If you find yourself frequently turning up the volume on your TV, phone, or headphones, your hearing might be compromised.

What to expect during a hearing test

Cross Timbers ENT offers the following hearing tests:

  • Audiometry: This type of test evaluates your ability to hear sounds. During this assessment, different sounds are emitted at various volumes and tones (vibrations). We'll record whether you are able to detect the sounds and evaluate how well the auditory nerve is functioning.
  • Tympanometry: This exam reviews the condition of the middle ear by creating different levels of air pressure inside the ear canal. It allows us to identify inflammation, infection, or whether there is negative pressure or abnormal fluid present beneath the ear drum.
  • Otoacoustic Emissions: The OAE test is used to find out how well your inner ear works. The inner ear has sensory hair cells that vibrate with auditory stimulation. An OAE measures the vibrations that are sent out from these cells to assess the hearing response of the cochlea.

What Can I Expect After a Hearing Test?

Following your hearing test, our team will evaluate your results and provide a thorough diagnosis. If hearing loss has been detected, a customized treatment plan will be created to help treat the cause and improve your hearing. Follow-up appointments may also be scheduled as part of your treatment plan at Cross Timbers ENT.

Hearing Testing FAQ

Can I test my hearing on my own?
There are some hearing tests available online if you want to self test. However, these results may not be entirely accurate. We recommend a professional hearing test with Cross Timbers ENT to fully diagnose hearing loss.

How accurate is a hearing test?
The accuracy of a hearing test depends on who it's administered by. Self testing can provide a general idea, however, professional audial testing will yield more reliable results. Professional hearing tests are the best way to fully determine the scope of hearing ability or loss.

Where does hearing loss come from?
Hearing loss can come from a variety of areas. Age and wear-and-tear can have a notable impact on hearing loss. However, prolonged exposure to high volume events, like attending concerts or performing daily tasks with loud machinery, can also contribute to premature hearing loss.

How long does a hearing test take?
The duration of a hearing test can vary but typically takes around 30 minutes to an hour. It may be longer if additional tests or consultations are needed.

Are there different types of hearing loss?
Yes, there are three main types of hearing loss: conductive (related to problems in the ear canal or middle ear), sensorineural (nerve-related), and mixed (a combination of both). The type and degree of hearing loss are determined through the hearing tests.

What should I do to prepare for a hearing test?
There's usually no specific preparation required. It's helpful to inform our team at Cross Timbers ENT about any existing medical conditions or medications that might affect the test. Wear comfortable clothing, and be ready to communicate any concerns about your hearing.

Diagnose hearing loss

If you're experiencing trouble hearing and having a hard time communicating with others due to this impairment, it may be time to meet with an ENT specialist. Contact Cross Timbers ENT in Arlington, Midlothian, or Mansfield, TX to learn more about auditory testing. We look forward to serving you and your family.

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