Hearing Testing, Hearing Aids, and Hearing Solutions
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You’re Not Alone When it Comes to Hearing Loss!
It’s impossible to pick the right hearing aid without first having your hearing assessed. A thorough evaluation will allow us to determine the right type of hearing aid based on your specific needs.
We offer an array of solutions and don’t believe in a “cookie-cutter” approach. As each person’s hearing loss is unique, so are each individual’s needs and preferences for hearing.
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a member of our front staff, and asked to fill out several forms, including medical history and personal information, along with insurance confirmation. When your assessment starts, your audiologist will ask you some questions and review essential personal information with you to uncover the specific types of surroundings in which you may be encountering hearing loss and hearing trouble.
Next, using an otoscope your audiologist may look into your ears to see the ear canal and the eardrum and determine whether or not there is earwax obstructing the canal.
This testing will enable your audiologist to determine:
This testing will enable your audiologist to determine:
-If hearing loss exists
-The possible cause(s) leading to any hearing loss
-The degree and type of hearing loss
-Whether the loss exists in one or both ears and the best treatment options
Hearing Test Results
An Audiologist will go over your test results that have been recorded on an audiogram. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. We walk-through the results with you to understand including the degree of hearing loss, and the percentage of normal conversational speech you are still able to hear.
The next step is to discuss your treatment options. You can rest assured that we will take the necessary time to understand your concerns so we may provide you with enough information to make a educated decision.
Schedule your hearing test with one of our skilled audiologists and hear the sounds you’ve been missing.
Types of Hearing Tests
In a soundproof room, a series of words are played in both low and high-frequency to determine how well you understand verbiage within a short distance (as in a conversation). We will also have you repeat a short series of words. The results allow us to establish your percentage of hearing loss, how well you understand speech, and if hearing aids would benefit you.
Tympanometry is used to test the function and movement of the eardrum (tympanic membrane), middle ear, and the conduction bones by generating varying amounts of air pressure in the ear canal.
Acoustically evoked otoacoustic emission testing (OAEs) is used to find out how well your inner ear, or cochlea is working.
Hearing Aid Fitting
Once you are fitted with your hearing aids, be prepared to have them adjusted a few times. Our office may not be the best representation of your everyday listening environment. While you’re out and about wearing your new hearing aids, keep track of what is working well and what still needs adjusting. Be as detailed as possible during your follow-up appointments. Your feedback helps us adjust your devices to meet your specific preferences
A successful hearing aid fitting is more than just selecting the correct device for your hearing needs. The hearing aids need to be properly fitted to your ears so that they provide the correct amount of amplification to maximize hearing aid benefit.
Proper confirmation of your hearing aid settings is necessary for a successful hearing aid fitting. If these actions are not completed, the audiologist will not know whether your hearing aids are programmed properly. This will ensure that you are receiving the appropriate amount of amplification to match the severity of your hearing loss.
Live Speech Mapping
We also use Live Speech Mapping, a fitting process that uses probe microphones and live, real-time speech to allow you and your family members to immediately see and understand the benefits of hearing aids and fitting adjustments.
There are three things you can do to get the most from your hearing devices and to help us adjust them, so you get the maximum benefit from wearing them:
1. Wear hearing aids as much as possible. The more you wear them, the more you’ll get used to them and, most importantly, the more information you’ll have to tell us so we can make adjustments.
2. Write down the situations where you feel you aren’t hearing your best. That way, we can reprogram the devices to work better in that specific situation.
3. Be patient. Most of the time, we can help you get more from your hearing aids, but it does take two or three visits to make this happen.
Custom Hearing Protection
Find the best solution for your type of hearing loss.
One of the most common forms of hearing loss occurs from exposure to loud noises (noise-induced hearing loss, or NIHL). Repeated exposure to sound levels above 85 decibels can cause permanent, irreversible hearing loss. Prevention is of utmost importance.
With the right hearing protection, there’s no need to let the threat of hearing loss get in the way of your work or leisure activities.
Why Get Custom Fit Products?
Custom-molded earplugs offer a degree of comfort and sound protection that you will not find in generic earplugs.
Benefits of Custom Protection:
-A custom mold helps ensure they stay in place and offer a secure fit.
-They are designed to retain accurate frequency response, so you’ll hear the full range of sounds — just at a reduced volume.
-They are vented to allow sound to pass both ways, which means the sound of your voice won’t reverberate inside of your ears like it does with most earplugs.
-You get specific, measurable protection with precision-engineered filters that offer the most natural sound available, clear and unmuffled.
-Medical grade silicone ensures that you can wear your plugs for an extended amount of time without discomfort.
Schedule your appointment with a hearing care professional today to find out how effective hearing protection can not only help safeguard your hearing, but also enhance your auditory experience.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
The perception of noise or ringing in the ears.
A common problem, tinnitus affects about 15 to 20 percent of people. Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself — it’s a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder. Our professionals can help recommend a course of action to deal with this persistent problem.
Each person has an individual response to treatment. Our goal is to work with you to relieve this condition.
Discover how to stop, or at least reduce, the ringing in your ears. Find out how Tinnitus Therapy(link to tinnitus page) can help you.