Audiology Patient Resources

To better serve you and provide the information you may need prior to your audiology appointment, we have provided information sheets and a list of procedures with their definitions below for your convenience.

Information for Electrophysiological Testing

Procedures and Glossary of Terms

  • Bone anchored hearing aid: A bone anchored hearing aid is most often surgically placed for hearing loss that falls outside of the criteria for a traditional hearing aid.
  • Cochlear implant procedure: Cochlear implants are used in cases of severe to profound hearing loss for which hearing aids no longer provide enough speech clarity. A surgically implanted electrode array provides electrical stimulation to the auditory nerve.
  • Comprehensive audiogram: A test that examines your hearing acuity to speech and tones, used to define the type and degree of hearing impairment.
  • Hearing aid evaluation and fitting: An audiologist carefully selects a hearing aid(s) from a wide variety of styles and brands to fit your individual hearing and lifestyle needs.
  • Hearing loss
  • Otoacoustic emissions: A small, soft tip is placed in the ear canal to measure the activity of hair cells in the inner ear.
  • Pediatric behavioral testing: Measures hearing acuity of children ages 6 months to 5 years old by conditioning the child to look toward lighted toys and/or hearing blocks when sound is heard.
  • Tinnitus
  • Tympanogram: Measures the movement of the eardrum, used to define a punctured eardrum, the effectiveness of ear tubes and the status of the middle ear.

For More Information
For more information about Sharp Rees-Stealy's Audiology and Hearing Services, call one of the locations listed above. This department may require prior approval from your primary care doctor. For help choosing a Sharp Rees-Stealy doctor who is right for you, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm, or search for Sharp Rees-Stealy doctors.