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Audiologic Assessment Of Hearing Loss : How To Remember Easily ?

  • A – Audiologic Assessment: The minimum audiologic assessment for hearing loss should include the measurement of pure tone air-conduction and bone-conduction thresholds, speech reception threshold, word recognition score, tympanometry, acoustic reflexes, and acoustic-reflex decay.
  • U – Unilateral versus Bilateral: Pure tone audiometry establishes the presence and severity of hearing impairment, unilateral versus bilateral involvement, and the type of hearing loss.
  • D – Decibels (dBs): The responses in audiometry are measured in decibels (dBs). An audiogram is a plot of intensity in dBs of hearing threshold versus frequency.
  • I – Intensity: A dB represents 20 times the logarithm of the ratio of the sound pressure required to achieve threshold in the patient to the sound pressure required to achieve threshold in a normal-hearing person.
  • O – Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs): OAEs generated by outer hair cells only can be measured with microphones inserted into the external auditory canal. They indicate that the outer hair cells of the organ of Corti are intact and can be used to assess auditory thresholds and to distinguish sensory from neural hearing losses.
  • L – Loudness: Loudness, which depends on the frequency, intensity, and duration of a sound, doubles with approximately each 10-dB increase in sound pressure level.
  • O – Otosclerosis: Conductive hearing losses with a large stiffness component, as in fixation of the footplate of the stapes in early otosclerosis, produce threshold elevations in the lower frequencies.
  • G – Greater Deficits: Neural lesions produce greater deficits in discrimination than do cochlear lesions.
  • I – Impedance: Tympanometry measures the impedance of the middle ear to sound and is useful in the diagnosis of middle-ear effusions.
  • C – Compliance: A tympanogram is the graphic representation of change in impedance or compliance as the pressure in the ear canal is changed.


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