Our commitment to you is to provide the highest standard of care.
To us, this means having the most accurate testing technology available on the market today. Being able to obtain cutting-edge technology allows for our experienced clinicians are able to better identify and determine the perfect hearing solution for you. Let’s take a look at the advanced testing technology that we offer here at Cook Hearing & Balance.
Otometrics Otoscan 3D Ear Scanner
The latest and most advanced ear impression technology to date is the Otometrics Otoscan 3D ear scanner. The Otoscan is able to provide deeper scans for custom earmolds than traditional impression material, and is more accurate in creating a custom mold. This is due to the fact that traditional impression material can expand and contract depending on the weather while being shipped.
On top of offering a more accurate mold of the ear, it also takes away certain risks associated with the traditional impression process. For instance, in considerably rare occasions, traditional ear impression material may go past the otoblock used to protect the innermost part of the ear canal, and this is called a “blow by”. When this happens, it is extremely difficult to remove the impression material from deep within the ear canal and can cause possible bleeding within the ear. With the Otoscan there is no potentially harmful impression material, just scans that produce data points that creates a 3D scan.
The process of getting a 3D ear scan is far more simple, more comfortable, and a much faster solution. The entire impression is typically complete within 3 minutes. Throughout the scan you and one of our audiologists will be able to see the inside of your ear canal and watch the 3D impression being formed. After the process is complete, our audiologist will be able to answer any questions you may have about your 3D scan.
An efficient and effective approach to tinnitus assessment, the Tinnometer, is a software that is integrated within our clinical hearing booths. The Tinnometer helps our audiologists match the sounds you may be hearing. By identifying the tones and pitches more accurately, our audiologists are able to better program hearing aids that are personalized to your specific tinnitus symptoms. The process of tracking and matching your tinnitus using the tinnometer, takes generally 15 minutes.
Tympanometry is used to help assess the functioning of the middle ear. More specifically, tymps checks a multitude of factors within the middle ear. These issues can range from fluid within the middle ear resulting from an infection, any possible irregularities in the functioning of the middle ear, to the mobility of the eardrum. By applying pressure to the middle ear, tymps are able to detect any unseen abnormalities or perforations that may be present.
Real Ear Measurement
The Real Ear Measurement test (REM), measures the level of sounds going directly to your eardrum. This test helps determine if the hearing aid is programmed appropriately giving you the correct level of sound. REM uses a tiny probe that sits inside your ear canal, very close to the eardrum. This probe accurately measures sounds going into the eardrum at various frequency levels.
Now that you’ve learned a little bit more about our hearing testing technology, find out what to expect during your first hearing test!