Once again Toronto Family Hearing was at the Roncesvalles Polish Festival in 2015. This was our second year at the festival and it was even better than last year. I had the opportunity to meet and discuss hearing health with people from the neighbourhood and across the city. I met some new faces and existing patients who just stopped by to say hello.
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Have you ever wondered how audiologists can diagnose or rule out hearing loss in patients who are difficult to test? How does an audiologist know how loud they need to set hearing aids for someone who can’t provide feedback? Take for example, infants, very young children, people with significant developmental disorders or other imparements – they can’t always acknowledge when they hear tones during a routine hearing test, nor can they always provide accurate feedback to the audiologist when programming their hearing aids. In these cases, audiologists need to employ alternative testing methods, and this is where auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing comes in.
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I mention in my website that I can provide otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing in my clinic. In fact, I am one of very few private audiology clinics in the GTA with this capability. This is an area of practice that I am very excited about because it is so unique.
An otoacoustic emission (OAE) is a very soft sound that is generated by the inner ear. It can happen on its own or in response to a sound that we present to the ear through testing. If you have a healthy inner ear, then chances are your are producing OAEs.
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As an Audiologist I feel it is my responsibility to help the public better understand their hearing health. I started this blog to educate people about hearing health and what an Audiologist can do for them. I will focus my first post on the basics: 1) protect the hearing you have, and 2) deal with a hearing loss when one is identified.
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