Hearing Tests

Hearing Tests are pretty standard: respond to beeps, repeat some words, and have a pressure test. This does not, however, really constitute a hearing assessment. We look at more of your ear, hearing, retro-cochlear, and processing in a number of testing options that Dr. Hilbert, Au.D. will go over with you at your free consultation. All hearing tests are not created equal and testing is a big part of what we do at Ossicle.

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Here are two main categories of tests; we do every conventional test (tymps for ear drum mobility testing, tones for establishing hearing levels, words in quiet to screen nerve function) and additional tests that assess the nerves, cochlea, retrocochlea, processing and physiology including eustachian tube function that give us results to coach you better, develop better treatment plans and resolve your challenges more effectively with more tailored technology solutions unique to Ossicle.

Medical Tests

Medical tests include the assessment of the auditory nerve and how we process sound, not just how you hear. Do you have challenges in noise, have been told you don’t have a hearing change, and want options? Our tests can give you that. Some people have Eustachian Tube dysfunction and we can test that even with a perforated ear drum. Even our Tinnitus testing includes protocols not offered elsewhere in the Okanagan. If there’s a medical concern, our tests can give your Doctor more in-depth information. We also specialize in Sudden Hearing Loss, Unilateral Hearing Losses, Oncology testing for baseline and follow up to chemo/radiation treatment and hearing losses with unique configurations and etiologies. Dr. Hilbert, Au.D. also specializes in hard-to-fit cases and not just hearing correction with hearing aids, but auditory training, therapy and specializes in improved hearing and understanding in diffficult (noisy/distracting) listening environments.


Pediatric Tests

We are child friendly from our testing, through counselling kids and families and care givers, to working with organizations throughout the Okanagan, and on to technology options with school integrations and support. Dr. Hilbert, Au.D., has pediatric clinical experience and he has 3 kids of his own. We make kids feel comfortable and special at Ossicle, it will be a great step in their journey to better hearing. Tests include peripheral hearing tests, physiological assessments for cases of ear infections or equalization issues, and auditory processing tests. We offer assessments for the child and their support network that then also translates into customized counselling for families of children with hearing loss (psychosocial aspects of hearing loss, coping strategies, educational considerations, resource management, and more).


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