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Diagnostic Audiology

Christiana Care Audiology offers the following diagnostic services:

Comprehensive hearing evaluation 

  • Pure-tone air and bone conduction and speech audiometry: This test is performed to determine threshold sensitivity levels for pure-tone and speech signals. Results are used to determine the degree and type of hearing loss. Based on the findings, appropriate recommendations are made for medical or surgical treatments, or amplification (hearing aids). Testing techniques vary with patient age.
  • Tympanometry: This test evaluates the function of the eardrum and health of the middle ear. Middle-ear problems often can be treated medically or surgically.
  • Acoustic reflex testing: This test assesses the auditory nerve's ability to transmit hearing signals to the brain. Disruptions along this pathway would indicate the need for medical consultation.
  • Distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE): This test measures function of the outer hair cells in the cochlea (inner ear). These emissions are measured by placing a microphone in the ear canal opening and analyzing the signals obtained using a computer.

Evaluation of auditory processing disorders (APD)

Hearing does not end with the detection of a sound signal. The sound input must be interpreted by the brain. Measures are performed that assess the brain's sound-processing ability through the use of competing noise and speech signals.

Tinnitus evaluation

Tinnitus, often described as a ringing in the ears, is the perception of sound that isn't there. Many people who experience tinnitus find that it negatively affects their quality of life. A tinnitus evaluation will assess the need for medical consultation or formalized tinnitus management.

Auditory brainstem response testing

This test assesses neural synchrony (electrical nerve impulses that carry the sound) from the inner ear to the brain. Electrodes are placed on the ear lobes or behind each ear and on the forehead, and clicking sounds are presented through earphones. The audiologist can determine if the nerve impulses to the brain are interrupted.

Electroneuronography (ENOG)

This test is a non-invasive test of facial-nerve function. It is often used to measure muscle weakness in the face, such as that associated with Bell's palsy.

Audiology

Springside Plaza
Connor Building
300 Biddle Ave.,
Newark, DE 19702 directions
302-838-4700

Outpatient Rehabilitation
Wilmington Hospital
501 W. 14th St.
Wilmington, DE 19801 directions
302-428-6920

Outpatient Rehabilitation
Medical Arts Pavilion 2, Suite 1205
4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE 19713 directions
302-623-4050

Delaware Health Sciences Alliance CarePages Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing

Christiana Care is a private not-for-profit regional health care system and relies in part on the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations to fulfill its mission. To learn more about how you can support our mission, please visit christianacare.org/donors.

Christiana Care Health System PO Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899 800-693-CARE