Audiometry / Hearing Tests

 - Audiometry / Hearing Tests

Thamae Occupational Health Services offers a wide range of diagnostic and rehabilitative services for individuals with hearing impairments. Our services include comprehensive hearing evaluations using the latest diagnostic tools to assess various types of hearing loss, along with hearing aid consultations offering the most advanced hearing aid technology. Our Audiologist is committed to providing the highest level of hearing health care and will work with individuals and family members to minimize the impact that hearing loss has on communication.

Hearing assessment

We will be asking you questions that pertain to your specific hearing needs and concerns. Questions will be asked about pain, pressure, ringing in the ears, balance issues and noise exposure.

Hearing evaluation / Audiological testing

This is conducted thorough assessment of your hearing in a sound controlled setting or sound booth. While wearing a headset at each ear, you will listen and repeat familiar two syllable words and later on simple single words, presented at a comfortable listening level. Testing will also be completed while listening to quiet sounds at a variety of different pitches. The test results will be presented on a graph or audiogram, showing the specific pitches (frequencies) and loudness (intensity) levels that an individual can hear from each ear.

Middle ear testing / Tympanometry

Done by inserting a small tip into your ear canal; you will hear a humming noise and feel slight pressure for a few seconds.  Directly after you may also hear a few tones of changing volumes.  This test is checking out how the ear drum, ear bones, and one middle ear muscle are moving. The final testing will be presented in a graphic form. 

Tinnitus evaluation & treatment

Refers to "ringing in the ears" when no other sound is present. Tinnitus can sound like hissing, roaring, pulsing, whooshing, chirping, whistling or clicking. Tinnitus can occur in one ear or both ears. Call our office right away if you are experiencing these symptoms. We will work with you to get you the most appropriate treatment available.

How do I know if I have hearing loss?

Some symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • asking others to repeat what they have said,
  • speech sounds dull or muffled,
  • television volume is louder than others would like,
  • you have problems listening in noisy group environments,
  • friends or relatives tell you that you do not seem to hear well
  • looking at people makes it easier for you to understand them.

Causes of Hearing Loss

There are several causes. The main ones include: excessive noise, aging, genetics, infections to the head or ear, and reaction to drugs or cancer treatment. Hearing loss can occur at any time, at any age. In fact, most people with hearing loss (65%) are younger than age 65! There are six million people in the U.S. ages 18-44 with hearing loss, and around 1.5 million are school age children.

Through our audiology and hearing services, we are able to deliver a new level of exceptional care for patients of all ages who suffer hearing loss, tinnitus and other balance disorders.

Overview

Thamage Occupational Health Services is a mobile occupational health services unit which performs occupational health and safety services in and around the Gauteng, Pretoria region. The occupational health assessments are performed by Solly Thamage, who is an occupational health physician in Pretoria, Gauteng.

Occupational health checks / screening tests are done for private and government-sector organisations, helping them with health issues and compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The services are usually conducted on-site in a scheduled manner that ensures minimal disruption to production.