Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
- Auditory Brainstem Response Testing for Infants
- Balance Assessment
- Bluetooth Hearing Aids
- Battery Sales
- Hearing Aid Counseling
- Diagnostic Hearing Tests
- Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Musicians Earplugs and Monitors
- Hearing Aid Adjustments
- Follow-Up Care
- Getting Hearing Aids
- Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
- Hearing Aid Repairs
- Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
- Hearing Evaluations for Children
- Industrial Hearing Screenings
- In Office Services
- Live Speech Mapping
- Newborn Hearing Screenings
- Otoacoustic Emissions Testing
- Pediatric Audiology
- Test and Audiometry
- Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
- VNG Balance Evaluations
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing for Infants
An Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) or Auditory Evoked Potentials test is an electrophysiological hearing test that measures the brain’s electrical response to sounds. ABR/AEPs are often used to test infants, children and developmentally disabled adults who cannot give verbal or behavioral responses to the sounds they hear. The test uses small surface electrodes (that look like stickers) which are placed on the forehead and either behind both ears or on the earlobes. Insert earphones are gently placed in each ear canal. The individual must remain sleeping for the duration of the test. An audiologist interprets the responses that are recorded and determines the patient’s level of hearing in each ear. This test can last between 30 minutes to 2 hours and is not painful.
Some causes of dizziness or imbalance are related to the inner ear. Typically, a physician or other healthcare provider will request balance (vestibular) testing to determine the causes of your complaints. Balance tests may include a diagnostic hearing evaluation, a VNG test (vestibular function testing), an ABR/AEP (auditory brainstem response evaluation) or VEMP (saccular function testing).
We keep a supply of batteries for you to purchase in our office. Hearing aids with batteries that are properly charged will make a noise or squeal when cupped in your hand. After your hearing aid has been inserted in your ear, you can also test the battery by cupping your hand over the hearing aid to produce a squeal.
Hearing aid batteries available in the clinic:
- Size 10 (yellow)
- Size 312 (brown)
- Size 13 (orange)
- Size 675 (blue)
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Bluetooth technology in hearing aids can wirelessly connect to devices such as televisions, cell phones, FM systems, GPS systems, iPads, and PDAs. This technology is available in most styles of hearing aids, including behind-the-ear (BTE), mini BTE, in-the-ear, and in-the-canal hearing aid styles.
Counseling on the use and care of your hearing aids
An audiologist or audiology assistant is available to help you with any problems you may be having with your hearing aids. They can spend time with you to discuss ways to make listening with hearing aids easier in your day-to-day life. Family members are welcome and encouraged to come with you and learn about your hearing aids. This counseling time is free of charge for patient’s that have purchased hearing aids through our clinics. An appointment can be scheduled if you would like to talk to an Audiologist.
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
The diagnostic hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech. This evaluation can be conducted on people of any age, from newborns to seniors. The evaluation is performed by a licensed audiologist and is subject to professional fees. Insurance often covers these services.
If a custom ear mold or ear plug is recommended, an impression of your ear will be made in the clinic. The process takes only 15 minutes. An ear impression ensures that the earmold will conform to the unique contours of your ear and provide a great fit.
Evaluation and demonstration of Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) including FM systems, TV, and Phone Amplifiers
Assistive listening devices help the hearing impaired individual understand speech better in day-to-day communication situations. ALDs can be used with or without hearing aids to make hearing easier, which can reduce the overall stress and fatigue of listening. ALDs can be used in the home to make the television and telephone more audible. They can also be connected to personal hearing aids for improved hearing in noisy environments.
Evaluation and Fitting for Musician's Ear Plugs
As the name implies, these ear plugs are ideal for musicians and people who frequent concert venues. They are also appropriate for music teachers, dentists, flight attendants and anyone who needs to hear accurately in high-noise environments. These ear plugs give flat attenuation which allows the wearer to hear sounds accurately but at reduced levels.
Based on your hearing evaluation, a prescription is used to determine the optimum settings for your hearing aids. These settings may be verified by live speech mapping/real measurements to determine how well the hearing aids are reaching the “target” prescription for your hearing loss.
After the hearing aids are programmed, we will teach you how to insert and remove your hearing aids; change the batteries, show you how to clean your aids and provide general maintenance guidelines. You will then be ready to start wearing your aids. The more consistently you wear your hearing aids, the quicker you will adjust to them.
During your adjustment period, changes can be made to your hearing aids settings based upon how well you are hearing in your everyday surroundings. Because your hearing aids will have the most recent technologies, we can make a variety of sound quality and volume adjustments to your hearing aids for your comfort.
Hearing Aid Follow-up Care
We recommend your hearing aids be maintained on a regular basis. Depending upon the type and style of hearing aids you have purchased, an individualized schedule will be developed for you. This ensures that you get the most benefit from your hearing aids. We will want to re-evaluate your hearing losses annually and clean, check and adjust your hearing aids periodically every year depending upon your personal needs.
Getting Hearing Aids
After a hearing evaluation (if you have hearing loss and are interested in hearing aids) you will be scheduled for a hearing aid consultation either that day or on a day that works with your schedule. The audiologist will ask questions about your lifestyle and hearing needs and then recommend several hearing aid options personalized for you. During your consultation any questions you or family members may have about your hearing loss or hearing aids can be answered. A few questions the audiologist will answer for you include:
- Do you need a hearing aid in one or both ears?
- Do you need a daily wear hearing aid or would an extended wear device work better for your lifestyle and hearing loss?
- Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you? A completely-in-the ear, in-the-canal, in-the-ear (ITE), or behind-the-ear aid (BTE) aid?
- Do you want to regulate the volume on the aid or would you prefer a remote control option?
- Do you want to use bluetooth technology with your phone, TV or other electronic devices?
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting
At your hearing aid fitting appointment, you will receive the hearing aids you selected during your consultation. They are programmed to follow a prescription (fitting formula) that is ear specific and based upon your individual hearing loss. The audiologist may make minor adjustments while you are wearing the hearing aids to make sure the settings and fit are ideal for you.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office in a short period of time and others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your audiologist can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with an Audiologist who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, technologies, and benefits to wearing hearing aids. You may be shown different styles or have the opportunity to try different hearing aids in the office. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing aid chosen.
Hearing Evaluations for Children
A hearing test for a child is often not as simple as a hearing test for an adult. For this reason, audiologists are trained in specific techniques to evaluate the hearing of a child. Toys, games, and lights are used in the testing room to help obtain responses from a child to soft tones, noises, or speech. The child will either wear earphone or listen to the sounds in a room with speakers.
Industrial Hearing Screenings
Workers in certain occupations are required to receive regular hearing tests due to the risk of hearing loss that can be caused by excessive noise in their workplace. These hearing screenings can be completed in less than 30 minutes, and comply with the standards set by OSHA.
In Office Services
We encourage ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aid(s). We encourage all our patients to come in for regular hearing aid check-ups and cleaning. Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, and Warranties come with all of our hearing aids. We offer in-office repairs when possible on most makes/models.
Live Speech Mapping
Live Speech Mapping is a fitting process that uses probe microphones and live real-time speech to allow the patient and their family members to immediately see and understand the benefits of hearing aids and fitting adjustments.
Newborn Hearing Screenings
The majority of infants born in hospitals are screened for hearing before going home. This type of hearing test uses small headphones and stickers that attach to the baby’s skin. A soft clicking sound is played in each ear, and a computer measures the brain’s response to the sound. The baby sleeps during this short, painless test. Babies who did not receive a hearing screening at birth should be screened within the first month of life.
Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
Speech and language delays and sometimes behavioral problems are the first indicators of a possible hearing problem. Pediatric audiologists diagnose hearing disorders and coordinate with early intervention professionals, school personnel, family members and physicians to provide comprehensive hearing care for their young clients.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus (literally “ringing” in Latin) is characterized by ringing, buzzing, or noises that originate in the ear or the head, and can cause discomfort and stress. A tinnitus evaluation can help you identify how much tinnitus interferes with your daily life and if there are treatment options that can benefit you.
Tympanometry is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear bones and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.
VNG - Balance Evaluations
Videonystagmography testing evaluates the function of the vestibular system (balance areas) of the inner ear for patients who are experiencing symptoms of vertigo, unsteadiness, dizziness, and other balance disorders. Hearing evaluation tests are frequently combined with vestibular studies for the identification of inner ear disorders.