You probably don’t remember when you started showing signs of hearing loss. Maybe you began turning the TV up louder, or stopped going to movies because you couldn’t understand what the actors were saying. Now, after struggling with the condition day by day, year to year, your condition is causing a significant problem in your life.
As board-certified audiologists, we realize that most patients will live with a hearing problem for years before getting treatment. That is why we strive to help people with hearing loss understand the extent of their conditions, and provide the counseling and treatment patients need to live their lives to the fullest.
Hearing Testing Services for Massachusetts Patients of All Ages
The first step to hearing recovery is a comprehensive hearing examination. Our hearing testing services are performed by licensed audiologists, and can be tailored to each individual patient to discover the cause and extent of hearing loss.
Our doctors of audiology provide full-service hearing testing for:
- Pediatric patients. Hearing loss in children can be caused by hereditary factors, illnesses, serious infections, trauma, and high noise levels. Both congenital or acquired hearing loss can cause kids to suffer speech and language deficits, affect academic performance, and cause social and emotional difficulties, so it is vital to have your children’s hearing tested regularly to identify any problems as soon as possible.
- Adolescents. As children grow, their hearing needs can change frequently. Hearing tests can be performed on children at any age from toddlers to teenagers, and tests can be customized for different development and behavioral statuses. We can use pure tone testing to discover the different frequencies of sounds that your child is able to hear, and speech response testing to determine if your child is having trouble recognizing or understanding certain words or speech sounds.
- Adults. Standard audiometric testing is commonly used to discover how well a patient can hear at various pitches and volume levels. In most cases, this test is performed in a soundproof booth with the patient wearing headphones. A variety of sounds, words, and tones are played, and the patient’s responses show which noises are difficult for the patient to hear. If your ears seem to be functioning normally, your hearing problem may be caused by your brain’s ability to process sound. Your audiologist can perform a simple, painless exam called an auditory brainstem response (ABR) test to examine the activity in the hearing nerve and the brain as your ears perceive sound.
- Seniors. Geriatric patients have different hearing needs from patients of other ages. These patients often experience hearing loss due to degeneration in the inner and middle ear. In addition to audiometric testing, older patients may benefit from acoustic immittance testing (which tests the responses of the eardrum and nerves in the ear) or otoacoustic emissions testing (which measures the vibration of the hair cells in the cochlea).
Once we have determined the cause and degree of your hearing loss, our audiologists will go over your results with you and explore ways to treat your condition. We pride ourselves on providing high quality hearing care, and we will take the time to answer all of your questions, walk you through various hearing aid options, offer counseling on improving listening and communication skills, and make follow-up appointments to ensure your hearing ability is the best it can be.
Call Us Today to Schedule Your Hearing Testing Appointment!
We have two convenient locations in Massachusetts and accept many major types of insurance, so making an appointment for your hearing testing couldn’t be easier! Call the number on this page or fill out our online form to make an appointment in our Wakefield or Wilmington offices today!