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New Patient Process
Upon arrival you should check in at the front desk. You will be asked to complete a form that includes your personal information, insurance information, and health history questionnaire. We are also required to obtain HIPAA and release signatures. Please bring a photo I.D. Our office staff will contact your insurance provider to determine if you have coverage for hearing aids. If you are working or seeking employment, you may be eligible for hearing aids through the State of New Jersey.

Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
During your initial visit to our Barrington and Marlton, New Jersey offices, you will be asked questions about your medical and hearing history. Then the Audiologist will use a lighted otoscope to inspect your outer ear and your ear canal for any abnormalities that may affect your hearing test results or require you to visit an ENT doctor. Next, the Audiologist will conduct several tests to determine:

• Whether or not a hearing loss exists
• If so, the possible cause
• The degree and type of hearing loss and whether the loss exists in one or both ears
• The best treatment options

 

Audiometric Tests

Pure tone audiometry
You will be seated in a sound attenuating booth for the hearing test. We will present tones to your ears and ask you to indicate whether or not you can hear them. Our goal is to find the softest sound that you can hear at each pitch. This is done in two ways: air conduction and bone conduction. The air conduction pathway is the traditional route for sound waves to travel in the ear, through the outer, middle and inner ear and ultimately to the brain.

The second pathway for sound to be heard is through bone conduction. When an oscillator is placed on the mastoid bone behind the ear and a tone is presented, that tone can be heard through vibrations in the skull. By comparing the softest sounds you can hear by air conduction and by bone conduction, we can determine the type of hearing loss present.

Speech audiometry
You will hear some words and be asked to repeat them. If you are not sure of the word, we then encourage you to take a guess. How well you are able to repeat the words you hear can be combined with the other test results to determine which type of hearing loss is present.

Tympanometry
This test is performed to measure how well your eardrum is moving. Your eardrum moves back and forth in response to sound waves. Fluid in the middle ear space, earwax accumulation, or a hole in the eardrum may affect how well it moves.

OAEs
A healthy inner ear creates a sound in response to acoustic stimuli. These are called otoacoustic emissions and the presence or absence can be used to determine the type of hearing loss you have.

 

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