Learn More about Tinnitus
A wide variety of hearing instruments featuring the latest technology are available at our office. Hearing aid evaluations, dispensing, programming and fitting are personalized for each patient. Amplification decisions include an analysis of patient daily activities, communication requirements and patient needs and preferences. We are sensitive to the patients’ concerns and we emphasize any limitations and explore any expectations prior to recommending a particular device. Additionally, we offer the appropriate state mandated trial period to ensure a reasonable acceptable adjustments to the fit and sound of your hearing instruments
Our hearing centers are equipped to provide comprehensive audiological evaluation of patients from birth through adult, provided by a licensed clinical audiologist who holds a Doctor of Audiology degree. Evaluations include measurements of hearing sensitivity for air and bone conducted sounds, measurements of word recognition ability, and assessment of the middle ear functions. Further diagnostic testing may be completed when necessary.
COUNSELING AND REHABILITATION
Our dedicated staff professionals provide counseling and aural rehabilitation that maximizes our patients’ personal adjustment and appreciation of hearing enhancement. Our best choice for amplification is only as effective as the quality and consistency of the follow-up and counseling sessions that we provide with your newly dispensed hearing device.
Special surveys and questionnaires are used together with testing procedures to help carefully evaluate those patients with tinnitus. Management options and recommendations will be included in the counseling portion of the appointment.
An otoacoustic emissions evaluation is a non-invasive objective test procedure that helps distinguish between the sensory and neural components of “nerve loss” hearing loss because of its sensitivity to cochlear function. This test can be used by the audiologist in the differential diagnosis of hearing loss, monitoring a progressive hearing loss due to ototoxicity or consistent exposure to loud music and testing in infants.
High frequency hearing testing is used to diagnose and monitor very high frequency hearing loss beyond the scope of the standard audiogram. This type of testing is used for patients on chemotherapy or for those experiencing a sense of hearing loss that is not apparent on the standard audiogram.
SPEECH IN NOISE
Because speech understanding in noise cannot be reliably predicted from the audiogram, this test may be administered to help understand the unique difficulties some patients encounter when trying to understand speech imbedded in noise. The test is used to compare each individuals speech in noise abilities compared to normal hearing listeners.
Real ear verification procedures validate acceptable hearing performance measured at the level of the eardrum. Verification using speech mapping is a procedure that uses a probe microphone and live speech to see and understand the benefits of a recommended device. The patient and family can be fully engaged in the assessment process by participating in the real-time speech measurements.
All patients can be reassured that they will be referred for appropriate medical follow up in the event that their audiometric results indicate their need.