Understanding the Results of Your Audiogram

Understanding the Results of Your Audiogram

An audiogram is a test that measures your hearing ability and can help your audiologist at Munk Hearing Centre in Toronto determine if you have hearing loss. Understanding your audiogram results is important so that you can work with your audiologist to determine the best course of treatment to address your hearing needs. Contact us today! Here's what you need to know about interpreting your audiogram results.

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The Audiogram

An audiogram is used to plot the results of your hearing test. The graph is divided into two axes, with frequency (or pitch) measured on the horizontal axis and intensity (or loudness) measured on the vertical axis. The chart plots the softest sounds you can hear at each frequency tested.


Interpreting the Results

The results of your audiogram will be presented in a graph that shows your hearing ability at different frequencies. The graph will show two lines, one for the right ear and one for the left ear. Generally, the frequencies for testing range from 250 Hz to 8,000 Hz.


Understanding the Symbols

The results of your hearing exam are shown using symbols. A circle indicates the right ear, and an X indicates the left ear. The symbols are connected by a line that indicates the lowest level of sound that you can perceive at that frequency. Your audiologist at Munk Hearing Centre in Toronto will determine the softest sound level that you can hear and use that as the reference point for plotting your hearing ability at each frequency.


Understanding Your Diagnosis

Based on your audiogram results, your audiologist will be able to diagnose the type and severity of your hearing loss. There are three main types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. Conductive hearing loss is caused by problems with the outer or middle ear, while sensorineural hearing loss is caused by problems with the inner ear or the auditory nerve. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. The severity of your hearing loss will determine the course of treatment that your audiologist recommends.


Understanding the results of your audiogram is important for making informed decisions about your hearing health. Your audiologist at Munk Hearing Centre in Toronto can help you interpret your audiogram results and recommend the best course of treatment for your individual needs. Schedule an appointment today!

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