An auditory assessment is the indispensable weapon to assess hearing disorders.
When you have the feeling that you do not hear well, or you cannot understand other people, especially on the phone and in a noisy environment, and when you perceive tinnitus (whistling, buzzing) or those around you notice a hearing loss, an auditory assessment conducted by an experienced ENT physician will accurately identify the degree and type of your hearing loss.
The auditory assessment consists of two phases: otoscopy, a complete clinical examination of the eardrum and the external auditory canal, ideally performed using a binocular microscope; and tympanometry which explores the function of the Eustachian tube (membranous tube which allows ventilation inside the ears to balance the pressures with the outside). Finally, audiometry will explore your hearing.
Audiometry consists in stimulating the ear with sounds that can be transmitted by air, through a helmet or through osseous transmission, using a vibrator placed behind the ear. It is possible to explore comprehension also through lists of words that must be repeated.
The auditory assessment can also be performed from birth through the search for induced acoustic otoemissions. Dr. Hervé uses for this research OTOPORT LITE, by Otodynamics. This examination is painless and is carried out if possible on a sleeping newborn. It is, therefore, ideal to do this during the first month of the child’s life.
Dr. Stéphane Hervé is an ENT specialist and a head and neck surgeon, who graduated from some of the best universities in France. He combines solid experience and training of more than 20 years, acquired in renowned hospitals and clinics equipped with advanced technology.