Thursday, March 17, 2005

Beep test contestant booth

Beep test contestant booth
Originally uploaded by jacquichris.
This is the exciting Beep test contestant booth. I stayed with Mom and tried not to make any noise. This is a higher tech version of the test you remember from elementary shcool where you say when you hear a noise.

In this version, Mom has a clicker to click when she hears a beep. In phase 2, the operator (visible to Mom through that window) hides her mouth and says words to one or the other ear and Mom has to repeat the word. Phase 3 is where the beeps are repeated with a thingy on Mom's head behind the ear to evaluate bone conduction.

By comparing her success in Phases 1 and 3, deficits can be localized to auditory structures versus nerve and brain.

In Phases 1 and 2, Mom had mild to moderate loss in the mid-range and moderate to marked loss in the higher and lower ranges. But Mom was determined to have excellent 'reception' in Phase 3. The upshot of this is that there is a problem somewhere in the hearing apparatus or eardrum causing the hearing loss.

The doctor can then use his (in this case) otoscopic findings and results of advanced imaging to determine what is busted and what to do. [Don't panic if you don't know the technical words- more on these follows.]


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