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To measure hearing sensitivity Pure Tone Audiometry is used and it is a behavioral test. The peripheral and central auditory systems are measured and evaluated in this test. The sensitivity to hearing is recorded on an audiogram graph in a way that intensity is displayed as a function of frequency. The degrees of hearing loss are:
Generally, there are 3 types of hearing loss and they are:
To determine the type, degree, and configuration of hearing loss, Pure-Tone Audiometry is indicated. However, please consult ENT Specialist or Audiologist before undergoing Pure-Tone Audiometry.
Individuals who are unable to cooperate because of young age or other conditions are not recommended to undergo Pure Tone Audiometry. They may need to have the auditory system tested by other methods.
No, the patient who is undergoing Pure Tone Audiometry should not be sedated or given Anesthesia.
Depending on the test and the individual undergoing the test, the instruments used are: