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Definition - What does Audiometer mean?

An audiometer is a device calibrated to gauge the range of hearing sensitivity levels, used by an audiologist or ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT), to identify and chart progressive hearing loss or hearing disorders. 

SureHire explains Audiometer

During audiometric testing, a patient wears a set of headphones connected to an audiometer, measuring the amplitude, or frequency pitches, at fluctuating decibels (i.e. loudness) to determine acoustic damage to the ears. Since noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a common problem in the workplace, an audiologist or ENT specialist may use an audiometer as a means to register cumulative soundwave patterns to show comparative analyses marking anomalous changes in hearing.

Audiometers are available either as a hardware base unit or, in clinical settings, their digital counterpart featuring plug-in modification interfaces is an option, although the latter produces inconsistent feedback to adjust for margin of errors. An audiologist or ENT specialist will evaluate the audiometer’s readout (called an audiogram) using a graph to chart distributed soundwaves between both ears against baseline thresholds that might raise suspected cases of hearing loss impairments.

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