An empirical test of your olfactory performance
- 1 hr1 hour
- 155 Canadian dollars$155
Olfactory testing, also known as olfactometry or smell testing, is the process of empirically measuring a person's sense of smell. The goal of olfactory testing is to evaluate the function of the olfactory system, which is responsible for the sense of smell, and to identify any problems or impairments. There are 3 main domains to the sense of smell: odour identification, threshold, and differentiation. Olfactory testing is typically used to diagnose and evaluate conditions such as anosmia (loss of the sense of smell), hyposmia (decreased sense of smell) and other olfactory disorders. It is also useful for evaluating the health of the brain pathways responsible for smell and memory and can help to detect early signs of neurodegeneration in the brain. Repeated testing is also used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment for these conditions, and to evaluate the potential impact of these conditions on a person's quality of life. During this appointment, I will administer an olfactory identification test. It consists of several different scents that you will need to identify from a list of provided options. The tests administered are research grade validated tests and your scores will be provided to you in a print and online format for your records or that you can take to your medical doctor.
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada