Presbycusis Workup

Updated: Mar 29, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Saadi, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Workup

Laboratory Studies

Evaluation may entail a variety of tests, including blood tests for autoimmune-induced hearing loss.

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Imaging Studies

Evaluation may entail a variety of tests, including CT scanning or MRI to exclude anatomic abnormalities or mass lesions that may cause hearing loss.

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Other Tests

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  • Audiometric testing with pure-tone average and speech discrimination forms the cornerstone of diagnostic testing for presbycusis.

  • The need for additional testing can usually be determined from the audiometric test results. For example, individuals with asymmetric hearing loss (ie, more than 10 dB difference at any 2 consecutive frequencies) and individuals with a conductive component require further evaluation.

  • Evaluation may entail a variety of tests, including tests of central auditory processing to exclude abnormal processing of auditory information in the central nervous system.

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