What is Audiometry?
An Audiometry is a test used to diagnose hearing loss that covers both intensity and tone of sounds to determine how good a person’s hearing is.
Why is Audiometry Performed ?
Audiometry test is performed as a part of routine screening or in response to a noticeable hearing loss measures the hearing capacity of an individual. Common causes of hearing loss include:
- birth defects
- chronic ear infections
- inherited conditions, such as otosclerosis where an abnormal growth of bone prevents structures within the ear from functioning properly
- injury to the ear
- inner ear diseases, such as Ménière’s disease or an autoimmune inner ear disease
- regular exposure to loud noises
- ruptured eardrum
- Ototoxic drugs
What is Audiometry used for?
Audiometry is used in a number of different circumstances including:
- Evaluate possible hearing loss in people who have difficulty in understanding words in conversation.
- To determine the type and degree/severity of hearing loss (conductive, sensorineural, or both).
- Screening babies and young children for hearing problems that might interfere with their ability to communicate, learn, speak, or understand language.
- To screen for hearing loss in people who are repeatedly exposed to loud noises or who are taking certain antibiotic drugs.