How is an audioscope used to help diagnose hearing loss?

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David M. Vernick, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
In their role as primary care physicians, some internists and pediatricians do a hearing test to screen for hearing loss using an audioscope, a handheld device, to play tones into each ear. The tones are of different frequencies, usually set at 40 dB, which is the volume of normal speech. People who can't hear sounds at this decibel level usually need a hearing aid. By identifying which of these frequencies you can hear and which ones you can't, the doctor can tell the frequency range where your hearing loss is concentrated and then make specific recommendations for more refined hearing tests by an audiologist, a health professional who assesses hearing and balance, as well as fits and dispenses hearing aids.

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