Hearing Screening - St. Augustine ENT
Do you have problems understanding what people are saying? Hearing is a very complex process that involves sound waves being collected and interpreted inside your head. Sounds waves strike the eardrum causing vibrations to move the malleus, incus and stapes (tiny bones) in the inner ear. The cochlea contains fluid and tiny hair cells that decipher the vibrations and send nerve signals to the brain. Hearing impairment (or loss) in one or both ears can be accurately measured during a hearing screening at St. Augustine ENT. Our hearing specialist will review your medical history, examine your ears and use audiometry to determine which sounds you may have difficulty hearing.
Testing with an Audiogram
During your initial consultation, our board-certified hearing instruments specialist will use an audiogram to determine if you can benefit from medical intervention. Hearing screenings report these categories to refer to someone's degree or range of hearing loss in decibels (dB):
- Normal Hearing - 0 to <25 dB
- Mild Hearing Loss - 26 to 40 dB
- Moderate Hearing Loss - 41 to 70 dB
- Severe Hearing Loss - 71 to 90 dB
- Profound Hearing Loss - >91 dB
Treatments vary based on cause. In many cases, your hearing can be improved by removing earwax build-up and/or treating an ear infection with antibiotics. Sometimes, amplifying systems (hearing aids) or cochlear implants may be indicated to improve sensory hearing loss.
If you or a loved one are having difficulty hearing conversations, call our audiology doctor today at 904.461.6060; or use this website's convenient contact form for a prompt email response.
DISCLAIMER: This website provides information for educational purposes only. The content is not intended to be used for medical diagnostic purposes nor is it intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical or surgical condition. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your physician or healthcare provider without delay.