Audiology Diagnostic Tests
The most common type of hearing tests are those which measure the amount of sound pressure level (SPL) or loudness. These tests have been used since the beginning of time.
They were originally developed for military purposes, but they are now widely used in medicine and other fields.
The most common types of hearing tests measure the ability to hear sounds of different frequencies and volumes. The type of hearing tests that you will be required to take will depend on the reason why you are taking them.
Measuring Hearing Acuity
The most common type of hearing test measures how well you hear a variety of different sounds. For each frequency, you will be required to recognize whether you hear a tone or not.
You will usually be given a number of different tones at varying frequencies, volumes, and patterns. The sounds will generally get louder until you can hear them, and then they will start to get quieter until you can no longer hear them.
This is a simple hearing test that can easily be performed by a computer, and it is a good way of measuring how well you hear at different frequencies. If you get a test like this at a hearing clinic or medical professional’s office, it will probably be through headphones.
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