Hearing / Hearing tests
Common hearing tests
|Distinguishing among conductive and sensorineural hearing loss and central auditory processing disorders is important clinically because the causes, treatments and outcomes are radically different. The Rinne and Weber tests and audiograms (obtained by behavioural, ABR or otoacoustic emission techniques) are used to distinguish between conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.|
- there are many different types of hearing tests, ranging from those that can be conducted in a physician's office (e.g., Rinne, Weber) to those that require specialized equipment and training (e.g., tympanometry, audiograms)
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- it is important to consider the information that is desired (e.g., middle ear vs. cochlear function, or CNS) as well as the ability of the patient to respond (e.g., behavioural audiogram or OAE testing?)