Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
An ABR is a test that can be used to estimate hearing sensitivity without a subjective response from the patient. It is useful when conventional audiometry techniques are unable to be completed with validity and reliability.
Sedated Auditory Brainstem Response (SABR)
Sometimes it is difficult to obtain a good ABR on a patient if they won’t sleep or stay still for the entire procedure. In this case, an ABR while under general anesthesia may be recommended. The ABR procedure is the same; they are just given medicine to help them sleep. An anesthesiologist and ear, nose, and throat physician will be monitoring the procedure with the audiologist.
Auditory Processing Evaluations
Auditory processing is the term used to describe how your brain recognizes and interprets sounds. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) affects the brain's ability to process or interpret auditory information correctly. After ruling out other issues such as hearing loss or behavioral disorders an auditory processing evaluation can be completed. This comprehensive testing is used to evaluate if the brain is having difficulty processing auditory signals.
Industrial Hearing Test
Organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have enacted requirements and procedures for hearing conservation in an effort to standardize hearing safety practices and reduce the incidence of preventable hearing damage in noisy work areas.
Advanced Audiology offers comprehensive audiological assessments and work-relatedness determinations for documented shifts in hearing thresholds.
Hearing damage is a real and unfortunate effect of long-term exposure to loud noise. Noise is a hazard of industrial workers and workers of any occupation who are repeatedly exposed to loud noise. Hearing damage from noise is fully preventable when the right precautions are taken from the start. Regular hearing tests to evaluate any early signs of hearing loss and everyday preventative measures, such as the use of ear plugs, can go a long way toward prevention of permanent hearing loss.
VNG Balance Evaluations
Vertigo, dizziness, and balance problems can be life altering. For many people it can affect their ability to do even the simplest daily tasks. If you are experiencing vertigo or balance issues, your doctor may want to refer you for a VNG balance evaluation. We use specialized goggles to record and measure specific eye movements. The three test situations include oculomotor testing (eye movements in response to a light on the wall), positional tests (eye movements in response to the head in different positions), and caloric testing (where air is put into the ear canal to measure the response of each inner ear system).
We do recommend the patient has a driver when leaving the appointment, as some patients may feel a little weary following the test.