Audiology Services

More than 24 million Americans of all ages suffer some type of hearing problem. Hearing loss is a medical problem, requiring proper diagnosis. When looking for help with your hearing problem, either identification, assessment, prevention of further loss, or treatment, our Audiology staff is here to help your and your family.

 

Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation for All Ages

    Pure tone air and bone conduction audiometry.
    This tests basic tones presented at different frequencies and loudness levels.

    Speech recognition thresholds and speech understanding.
    This tests the ability of the ear to hear and understand words under different loudness conditions.

    Tympanometry and various tests for middle ear function.
    This tests the ability of the eardrum and middle ear structures to move.

    Special diagnostic hearing tests.

Otoacoustic emissions testing. This is a relatively new test that measures the sounds made by hair cells of the inner ear, called otoacoustic emissions. It is the most accurate, noninvasive way to evaluate newborn and infant hearing. It adds significant information to the evaluation of sudden hearing loss and Menière's disease. It improves monitoring of the inner ear to prevent damage from the use of ototoxic drugs.

 

Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment

Tinnitus is the general term describing the ear/head noises people periodically hear. Almost everyone experiences a ringing or buzzing sound at some time in their life and it is usually not a cause for concern. Persistent tinnitus, however, should be of concern, and if tinnitus persists, you should consult with your primary healthcare provider.

Tinnitus may take the form of a pure-tone signal with a definite pitch. It may sound like steam escaping, a buzzing sound, or even a small orchestra. Tinnitus can have many different causes, however most causes are not especially dangerous to your health. That being said, there are a few that can be life threatening.

The first step to managing tinnitus is to obtain a careful health history. This includes a history of any health problems you have or have had. It also includes information about medications you are taking, allergies you have, your occupation, and your current physical condition. A careful history, combined with laboratory studies and other tests your primary care physician may wish to order, is critical. The majority of tinnitus sufferers also have hearing loss.

The Clinical Audiologist is the ideal person to evaluate your hearing.The audiologist may also do several noninvasive tests to check for brain tumors or early evidence of multiple sclerosis. Because there are serious diseases that are present only with a hearing loss and tinnitus, it is important that an otolaryngologist (a specialist in ear disease) evaluate you and interpret the tests performed. MRI or CT scans are sometimes performed as well. After bad diseases have been eliminated as causes of the tinnitus, then symptomatic management of the tinnitus is indicated.

Avoidance of aspirin is a cornerstone of tinnitus management. Playing soft background music during the time it takes to fall asleep is useful. Antihistamines or antidepressants are sometimes used. A tinnitus masker, often a part of a hearing aid, may be used in severe cases of tinnitus.

Hearing Aid Services

Hearing aid counseling regarding the benefits and limitations of amplification.

Explanation of the variety, styles and models available today.

Discussion of various circuits available in amplification technology.

30 day trial of hearing aids.

Selection and fitting of over 10 major brands.

Batteries.

Hearing aid adjustment and repair.

 

Hearing Aid Counseling for Patients and Families

Handout information regarding better communication strategies for hearing impaired listeners and their families.

Care and handling of hearing aids.

Hearing aid testing to determine that your aid is functioning optimally for your daily hearing needs.

Assistive Listening Devices

Amplification other than hearing aids for use in special circumstances

TV amplifiers

Amplified telephones and ringers

Pocket talkers

 

Noise Protection

Earplugs. Protect the ear some when exposed to loud noise by limiting the amount of sound that gets to the ears.

Earmuffs. Protects the ear more when exposed to loud noise by limiting the amount of sound that gets to the ears.

Electronic ear muffs. Protects the ear more when exposed to loud noise but allows the ears to hear soft sounds in the environment by amplifying them when loud noise is not present.

 

 

 

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