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Two Types of Tone Test

During a comprehensive hearing evaluation, your range of hearing is assessed using two distinct methods: air conduction and bone conduction. These methods help determine the type of hearing loss you may be experiencing.

Air conduction testing involves the use of headphones or earbuds through which different tones and frequencies are played. You will be asked to indicate when you hear the sounds. This method evaluates how well sound travels through the entire auditory pathway, including the outer, middle, and inner ear.

Bone conduction testing, on the other hand, involves the placement of a small device, typically behind the ear or on the mastoid bone, which sends vibrations directly to the inner ear. By bypassing the outer and middle ear, this method helps determine if the hearing loss is conductive (related to issues in the outer or middle ear) or sensorineural (related to issues in the inner ear or auditory nerve).

By comparing the results of air conduction and bone conduction testing, we can identify the type of hearing loss you have. Conductive hearing loss indicates a problem with sound conduction in the outer or middle ear, while sensorineural hearing loss suggests an issue with the inner ear or auditory nerve.

The differentiation between these types of hearing loss is crucial for developing an appropriate treatment plan. It guides us in recommending suitable interventions, such as hearing aids, assistive listening devices, or medical interventions, depending on the underlying cause of the hearing loss.

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