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If I have severe hearing loss, are there tests available to measure how much hearing I have lost?

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The doctor may tell you to see an audiologist who can measure how much hearing you have lost using tests such as:

  • Pure tone audiometry
  • Speech audiometry
  • Transtympanic electrocochleography (ECOG)

From: Severe Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Types of Hearing Loss” and “Hearing Loss in Children: Data and Statistics.”

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Assistive Technology;” “Audiologic Rehabilitation;” “FM Systems;” and "Degree of Hearing Loss."

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement: “Dr. Ross on Hearing Loss: Understanding and Managing a Severe Hearing Loss.”

Merck Manuals: “Evaluation of Hearing Loss” and “Drug-Induced Ototoxicity.”

Hearing Loss Association of America: “Symptoms of Hearing Loss;” “Diagnosing Hearing Loss;” and "Living With Hearing Loss.”

First Signs Organization: “Audiological Screening.”

American Speech Language Hearing Association: “Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Congenital Deafness."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on December 13, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Types of Hearing Loss” and “Hearing Loss in Children: Data and Statistics.”

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Assistive Technology;” “Audiologic Rehabilitation;” “FM Systems;” and "Degree of Hearing Loss."

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement: “Dr. Ross on Hearing Loss: Understanding and Managing a Severe Hearing Loss.”

Merck Manuals: “Evaluation of Hearing Loss” and “Drug-Induced Ototoxicity.”

Hearing Loss Association of America: “Symptoms of Hearing Loss;” “Diagnosing Hearing Loss;” and "Living With Hearing Loss.”

First Signs Organization: “Audiological Screening.”

American Speech Language Hearing Association: “Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Congenital Deafness."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on December 13, 2018

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