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Hearing evaluation, also known as a hearing test, assesses the function of the hearing system and determines the type and severity of hearing loss. Hearing is the process of sound traveling through the outer, middle, and inner ear, up the auditory nerve to the brain where it is processed. This occurs when the sounds are collected in the ear canal, causing the eardrum (tympanic membrane) to vibrate. This puts the middle ear bones (malleus, incus, and stapes) into motion sending the sounds to the inner ear where the hearing organ is located (cochlea). The cochlea then turns the sounds into electrical impulses that travel up the auditory nerve to the brain where the sounds are processed. When there is a problem with any part of this system, it can cause hearing loss.

At Quail Creek Ear, Nose, & Throat Center, we offer diagnostic hearing evaluations for all ages from infants to adults. Diagnostic hearing evaluations give important information about your hearing loss to help determine the best course of action for treatment. The results of your hearing evaluation will be reviewed with you the day of your appointment by either one of our ENT physicians or licensed audiologists.


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