By Dr. Meg Kalady

Hearing Tests

Have you noticed signs of hearing loss in yourself at home or work?  If so, we recommend you schedule a consultation with our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Meg Kalady. During your consultation, she will perform a comprehensive hearing examination to determine your current hearing abilities.  Hearing testing is conducted in a noise-controlled sound booth, and is completely non-invasive and painless. The following article describes the different components of a comprehensive hearing test.

Pure Tone Audiometry

Pure tone audiometry is one type of hearing test that determines the presence of a hearing loss. You will be seated in a sound-proof sound booth and will be asked to put on headphones. During this test, your audiologist will play a series of tones at different pitches and you will be asked to indicate each time you hear the tone. This test usually takes 20 minutes.

Speech Audiometry

The speech audiometry test consists of two parts and will indicate to your audiologist your speech recognition abilities – your ability to hear words and how clearly you are able to understand words.

In the first part of the speech audiometry test, your audiologist will say words are different volumes and ask you to repeat them. This determines your Speech Reception Threshold – the volume at which you were able to hear and repeat words.

In the second part of the test, you will hear a series of words and will be asked to repeat these. This test helps to determine your speech recognition ability (without the element of volume).

Tympanometry

Tympanometry assess the function of your eardrum, your middle ear function, and your Eustachian tube function. It will determine the pressure of your middle ear and tube that connects from your middle ear to your throat. This test could indicate whether there is fluid in this part of your ear, which could affect your hearing. An accumulation of inner ear fluid could indicate the existence of other issues, such as Meniere’s disease.

Audiogram

The results of your hearing evaluation appear in an audiogram, a visual representation of your hearing abilities. The audiogram records your hearing abilities by ear, as indicated from the tests, as well as the configuration of hearing loss if it is present.

The audiogram, as well as a conversation with Dr. Kalady about your lifestyle and hearing needs, will help to determine whether a hearing loss is present. If there is hearing loss, Dr. Kalady will work with you to determine next steps.

Hearing Aid Evaluation

If your hearing evaluation reveals a hearing loss is present, the next step is a hearing aid evaluation. Hearing aids are the most common treatment prescribed to address hearing loss. At Kalady Audiology, we offer a wide range of hearing aids and accessories from all of the leading manufacturers. As an independently owned practice, we have the flexibility to fit patients with the best model for their unique situation - without any pressure to fit you with just 1 or 2 brands like big box stores.

If you are experiencing signs of hearing loss, contact our friendly practice today and get started on your path to better hearing with Dr. Kalady.

Dr. Meg Kalady, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology | Dr. Cliff Approved Provider

Dr. Meg Kalady is from the Philadelphia suburbs and has been practicing audiology for the last 30 years. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and she received her doctorate in audiology in 2012 from AT Still University.

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Dr. Kalady is amazing! I have been wearing hearing aids for 12 years (since my late 50's) and I have never had such an extensive, thorough examination. In addition to being very professional she is also a very good listener. She "hears" your problems and strives to find the very best fit for your hearing needs. It is amazing the adjustments she can make that improve my hearing and give me confidence. I had resigned myself to accepting that my hearing would be a handicap in social situations, missing a lot of what was being said and unable to be a part of the conversations. With her help I can now be a participant again! I highly recommend Kalady Audiology. She's a gem!

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I have had diminished hearing for several years, but was unable to get a satisfactory answer about improving it. My GP recommended Kalady Audiology to me.  Dr. Kalady  did a thorough job of testing my hearing and spent a more than adequate amount of time to explain the various options. I have been using the hearing aids  for several months now and I have found that,  not only is my hearing better, but I no longer have to "drop out" of conversations because I don't want to constantly interrupt and ask for someone to repeat everything. An  excellent experience at the office and definitely a better quality of life.   I highly recommend her.

I’m so glad I used Kalady Audiology for my hearing needs. Dr. Kalady's ability to be fully aware of what my needs were made me feel comfortable through the whole process. Another very important point I’d like to make is that she uses “Best practices” to fit hearing aids. Whoever is reading this please google “best practices” for fitting of hearing aids. Dr. Kalady is the only audiologist I was able to find who does this. It’s extremely important in my opinion. Thank you so much Dr. Kalady. I’m so glad I used your services!!

I am completely stunned by how well I can hear with my new hearing aids. I never thought I would ever hear this well. I can hear clearly everything that is said on TV [men or women] and at a very low volume. My wife is absolutely thrilled with my ability to hear her and the low volume on the TV. My sports car has a totally different sound than it had with my old aids. My old aids made everything sound loud, but it was hard to understand what was being said. Dr. Kalady is the best!

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