Audiometry

Audiometry

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.

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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

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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.
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