Listening Lab Malaysia uses the most current and up to date methods for testing hearing. Our technicians are certified audiologists and can provide a full audiology exam through the use of a hearing test.
A hearing test provides an evaluation of the sensitivity of a person's sense of hearing and is most often performed by a hearing professional such as an audiologist or hearing consultant.
There are many types of hearing tests. Tests such as Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), Paediatric VIsual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) are specialised hearing tests for infants and children. There are many other hearing tests which are used for specific situations or specific people.
The most common and accepted test to determine if a person requires hearing aids, is the Pure Tone Audiometric test (PTA). PTA is the primary hearing test used to identify hearing levels levels of an individual, so that the professional is able to determine the degree, type and configuration of a hearing loss. This result provides the basis for diagnosis and management. Other tests may come into play depending on the results of the PTA.
So how is PTA done?
To attain an accurate PTA result, the first thing that must be done is to check the ear canal to look for obstructions by earwax or foreign objects that could affect the outcome of the test. Any obstruction could insulate sound and impact the accuracy of the test. Therefore an otoscopy has to be first done.
An otoscope is a device is designed to do a visual check on the ear canal and ear drum. In The Listening Lab, we provide a Video Otoscope service, which allows the hearing professional to show the customer what his or her ear looks like, a perspective he or she likely never is able to see normally!
This is the view from the otoscope and this particular photo is of a healthy ear drum and unobstructed ear canal. If your eardrum is healthy, it will look something like this!
Once the otoscopy has been complete, your hearing professional will provide clear, detailed instructions on how to proceed with the PTA. Follow his instructions clearly, and your test will most likely be completed in 20 minutes time.
You will be able to receive immediate results and your professional can then explain to you the results of your hearing test.