This hearing loss develops in the course of a life, but wasn’t present at birth.
American Sign Language (ASL)
Sign language that has its own syntax and grammar. It is used mainly by those who are deaf.
Devices like alarms, alerting devices, or FM systems that are used to assist people with hearing problems to perform daily tasks.
Also known as: assisted hearing devices, assistive hearing devices, assistive devices for the hearing impaired, assistive listening devices, assistive technology devices, hearing devices, products for the hearing impaired, devices for the hearing impaired
A health care professional educated to assess a person’s hearing loss and other hearing problems (i.e. tinnitus). A variety of procedures are used to check hearing function, then assists in choosing hearing aids and other hearing devices. An audiologist has an advanced doctorate degree.
Also known as: hearing doctor, hearing aid provider, hearing specialist, ear doctor, pediatric audiologist
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test
The ABR test is used to test the hearing of babies and young children, or to test the functioning of the patient’s hearing nerve. This is a painless procedure which involves attaching recording disks to the head. It records electrical activity from the hearing nerve and brain stem.
Also known as: auditory brainstem response, ABR hearing test, hearing test, ABR test, auditory brain response test, brainstem auditory evoked response, audiometric testing, newborn hearing test, hearing testing, hearing screening
The auditory nerve is the eighth cranial nerve. It connects the inner ear to the brain.
Also known as: acoustic nerve, cranial nerve viii, vestibulocochlear nerve, cochlear nerve, 8th cranial nerve, eighth cranial nerve
This is the ability to identify, interpret, and then attach meaning to sound.
Also known as: auditory neuropathy
A disorder that causes a disruption in the labyrinth – the inner ear organ that controls the balance system.
Also known as: inner ear disorders, vertigo symptoms, dizziness, inner ear balance disorders, vestibular balance disorders, inner ear dizziness
A rapid change of air or water pressure causes this injury to the middle ear.
Also known as: barrow trauma, inner ear barotrauma, ear pressure, ear barotrauma, decompression sickness, pressure in the ears
Text display of spoken words for deaf or hard of hearing television viewers on a TV screen. This way they can follow the dialogue and the action of a program.
Also known as close captioned, close captioning, open captioning, captioning services, close caption, tv captions, captioned, captions, broadcast captioning
Glands secrete this yellow substance in the outer ear canal. This keeps the skin of the ear canal protected from infection and dry.
Also known as: cerumen ear wax, ear wax, excessive cerumen, ear wax blockage, cerumen gland
The organ of hearing is contained in this snail shaped structure in the inner ear.
Also known as: semicircular canals, cochlea function, ear cochlea, cochlear inner ear
counseling and rehabilitation
After determining your hearing problem, the audiology clinic will set up appointments with a counselor who will assist in adjusting and becoming comfortable with the new hearing device. The counseling and rehab centers will provide individual counseling for each hearing device user and the family. The family’s input during this time is important.
A device that will be a substitute for damaged hair cells in the inner ear. It is implanted into the cochlea with surgery. It uses an external process to send an electrical signal to the auditory nerve. The user will then perceive sound through the cochlear implant. It is used for severe to profound hearing loss.
conductive hearing loss
A common loss in children where the hearing loss is caused by an abnormal transmission of sound in the outer ear or middle ear.
Also known as: conduction hearing loss, sensor neural hearing loss, mild conductive hearing loss, bilateral conductive hearing loss, unilateral conductive hearing loss
A unit used to measure the intensity sound.
Also known as: decibel meter, sound decibel meter, decibel levels, decibel scale, decibel measurement, measuring decibels, decibel meters
Unsteadiness physically and imbalance related to balance disorders.
Any problem with balance.
A problem with the growth of bacteria or viruses in the middle ear.
Also known as: outer ear infection, inner ear infection, fungal ear infection, middle ear infection
free hearing tests
Many providers will provide a hearing screening test that can predict hearing problems. This test should not replace audiometric testing by an audiologist.
An electronic device which amplifies and sends sound to the ear. The three basic parts of a hearing aid are the microphone, the amplifier, and the receiver.
hearing aid supplies
Your audiology clinic will assist you in find the supplies you need for your hearing aids, such as batteries, hearing aid repair, etc…
A hearing health clinic operated by an audiologist and his staff. They evaluate for hearing disorders and make recommendations for the person’s hearing loss and lifestyle.
Also known as: hearing health center, hearing clinic, hearing assessment center, hearing aid center, hearing specialist, speech and hearing center, center for hearing and communication, hearing testing
A series of tests evaluating the sensitivity on an individual’s hearing. These tests are performed by an audiologist using an audiometer.
Also known as: audiometric evaluation
A viral or bacterial infection of the inner ear. It can cause dizziness, loss of balance, and temporary hearing loss.
Also known as: inner ear infection, bony labyrinth, viral lybyrinthitis, acute labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, osseous labyrinth
The part of the ear that includes the eardrum and three tiny bones of the middle ear. This part ends at the oval window that leads to the inner ear.
Also known as: middle ear anatomy, middle ear cavity
online hearing tests
There are online screening tests for hearing problems. The results of these tests are for informational purposes only. This will not replace an evaluation by a hearing professional. For accurate measurements of your hearing levels, you should be assessed by an audiologist.
Physician/surgeon who specializes in diseases of the ear.
Also known as: otologists, otolaryngologist, audiologist, neuro otologist, nearotologist, ear doctor, neurotology, ontological
An audiologist who provides diagnostic and rehabilitation servies to babies and young children having a wide variety of hearing disorders. These professionals can diagnose hearing loss even in the first few weeks of life. This is followed with a comprehensive program of early intervention.
Also known as: pediatric audiology, audiology, audiologist, hearing doctor, audiology associates, audiology services, hearing doctors, hearing help, pediatric audiology testing
Method of communication for people who are deaf in which hand movements, gestures, and facial expressions convey grammatical structure and meaning.
Audiometer, computers, and other devices used to measure the loudness at which you begin to hear sounds, distinguish between sounds, and the impact this loss hearing deficit will have on the person’s daily life.
Also known as: hearing tests, hearing test equipment, hearing devices, hearing loss test, hearing testing equipment, industrial hearing testing, hearing screening test, hearing device, frequency hearing test, hearing test tones, assistive listening devices, hearing screening, hearing test machine, audiogram hearing test
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