It is the first contact between the patient and the ENT specialist.After a clinical history and physical examination of the ears, nasal cavities and throat, a diagnosis will be made. If indicated, an indirect laryngoscopic examination of the hypopharynx, larynx and voical cords will be carried out. This will make it possible to make a diagnosis or prescribe further specialized examinations.
The pure tone audiometry examination is the behavioral measurement of a patient’s hearing thresholds across the range of frequencies most important for hearing speech.. It is a non-invasive examination conducted in a soundproof booth following the otoscopic exam (clinical examination of the ear).
Speech audiometry measures the threshold of understanding speech (by presenting two syllable words) as well as the patient’s ability to discriminate speech at a supra threshold level (by presenting monosyllabic words).
Both pure tone and speech audiometry are measured with specialized audiometric equipment.