F. Monte Purcelli, MD -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

F. Monte Purcelli, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor located in Santa Monica, CA

Hearing Exams Specialist

Hearing problems can have a major impact on your quality of life. Dr. Purcelli provides hearing exams, or audiometry, to patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors, from across the Santa Monica, CA, area. If you or your child have been experiencing hearing issues, call today for an appointment.

Hearing Exams Q & A

What is audiometry?

Audiometry uses a special device to measure hearing and help evaluate hearing difficulties in both adults and children. Prior to your test, you'll be asked to discuss your symptoms as well as any family history of hearing problems.  Dr. Purcelli will look at the external part of your ear to check for any conditions that could be affecting your hearing.

What is a hearing exam like?

A hearing exam is completely painless and very simple. During most tests, you'll wear special headphones to cut out external noises and make it easier to hear the sounds coming from the machine. Sometimes, these sounds will be simple tones, and you'll be asked to give an indication each time you hear a sound. Other times, short words will be spoken and you'll need to repeat them. Both ears will be tested. Another test called impedance audiometry uses gentle bursts of air to measure how well your eardrum responds to pressures and determine if fluid may be in your middle ear. When a baby is tested, the doctor looks for reactions to sound.

How often should I have a hearing exam?

A hearing exam is important whenever you suspect you're having difficulty hearing. Sometimes, minor temporary hearing loss may occur when we get a cold, flu or ear infection. But if loss persists after your illness clears up or if you notice a hearing loss at any other time, it's important to schedule an exam to find out what's happening and decide what treatment you need.


Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept all PPO insurance, as well as Medicare on assignment on a fee-for-services only basis. We do not accept any HMO plans. We also accept Medicare Advantage, but please call the office prior to your first appointment to verify.

Below is a short list of the insurance we accept. If you do not see your insurance listed, and for any other health insurance questions, please call our office.

Anthem Blue Cross
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
First Health

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "He is professional, nice, and extremely knowledgeable about his profession."

    Neil M.
  • Yelp

    "His staff is kind and works with you to get an appointment booked ASAP, and Dr. Purcelli is very nice, explains everything, and is compassionate."

    Kim C.
  • Yelp

    "I love everything about this office. The staff is always friendly and efficient and Dr. Purcelli is thorough and knowledgeable."

    April H.
  • Yelp

    "Whenever I was there, i never waited longer than a few minutes to see the doctor if that long. I highly recommend him."

    Abraham W.
  • Yelp

    "The staff was kind and the doctor was personable and generous with his time and explanation. The cleaning was painless and effective."

    Gabe S.
  • Yelp

    "This doctor is old school, he is very dry and does not do small talk. He helped me and I felt he is a real professional that knows what he is doing."

    Marina R.