Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
- Global Services
- Battery Sales
- Bluetooth Hearing Aids
- Cerumen Removal
- Hearing Aid Counseling
- Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
- Diagnostic Hearing Tests
- Follow-Up Care
- Getting Hearing Aids
- Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
- Hearing Aid Repairs
- Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
- Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
- Industrial Hearing Screenings
- In Office Services
- Live Speech Mapping
- Test and Audiometry
Hearing technology has improved in recent years, allowing our experienced staff members to work with patients from anywhere in the world. We can now fit hearing aids that can later be adjusted remotely across the globe or set to adjust themselves for amplification or even tinnitus management. We are excited to work with this technology to accommodate our patients and reduce the number of trips to our office. Please call and ask to speak to our staff about what the options are for your needs.
We keep a supply of batteries for you to purchase in our office. Stop in routinely for fresh batteries. Make sure to check the batteries in your hearing devices often and make sure there is no dirt, wax or debris interfering with the batteries performance. Hearing aids with working batteries will make a noise (a squeal) when cupped in your hand or after it has been inserted in your ear. Another way to test the battery is to scratch the microphone of the hearing aid while the hearing aid is in your ear, if you hear an amplified scratching noise you know that the battery is good.
- Size 10 (yellow)
- Size 312 (brown)
- Size 13 (orange)
- Size 675 (blue)
Cerumen, or ear wax, can be removed from the ear canal so that it does not interfere with listening or comfort, especially for individuals who wear hearing aids. This can be performed by an audiologist in the office. Patients who are on blood thinners, however, should see their primary care provider or an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor for removal.
Hearing tests are performed by our licensed and nationally certified Hearing Healthcare Professional and are subject to professional fees. Insurance often covers these services.
In order to assess your individual hearing needs, we first determine your personal hearing profile, or "audiogram." This is done by testing your ability to hear a series different frequency tones to assess hearing thresholds and multiple speech tests determine your ability to follow a conversation. The results will help us determine the severity of your hearing loss, your ability to understand speech, and how hearing aids will improve your ability to hear. If you have a significant hearing loss, we will continue with a hearing aid evaluation.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
After your hearing evaluation your licensed professional 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.
Once you have told us your history and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements. To determine this we will discuss your particular needs, such as:
- Which ear has a problem hearing?
- Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?
- Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically to any hearing situation?
- Which aid best suits your hearing loss or your personal situation? A Completely-in-the Ear (CIC), In-the-Canal (ITC), In-the-Ear (ITE), or behind-the-ear aid (BTE) aid?
- What is your hearing healthcare budget and what are your options within that budget?
Hearing Aid Fitting & Orientation
If you need hearing aids then we will recommend the ones which would work best for you and schedule a fitting appointment. At this session you will receive the hearing aids you selected and be instructed on how to use them. They are programmed individually to each person’s hearing loss. The hearing professional may make adjustments after you try the hearing aids to make sure the settings and fit are ideal for you.
To determine the optimum settings for your hearing aids, we use your audiogram as well as your personal impression of how well you can hear while wearing them. This adjustment process is carried out using specialized software specifically made to program your hearing aids.
When adjusting your hearing aids we will use various measurements and feedback from you to help you hear the best you can. Once you leave our clinic with your new hearing aids you should wear them for a few days in your regular surroundings.
Based upon what you tell us about how well you can hear in your everyday surroundings, we will make any necessary final adjustments to your hearing aids at your follow up appointment.
Once your hearing aids have been fitted to your complete satisfaction, we will provide you with detailed information on how they should be maintained. Of course, you can have your hearing aids checked by us at any time. This will ensure that the sound quality remains as good as ever, and will extend the life of your aids.
Hearing Aid Repairs
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, cleaning and even adjustments if needed.
Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your hearing professional can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is described as a ringing or other sound which is heard even if there are not any outside sounds present. It can range from being barely noticeable to severe enough to interfere with concentration and/or sleep. 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.
We recommend that our tinnitus patients schedule an initial consultation to discuss their tinnitus and different methods of management, followed by another appointment for hearing and tinnitus testing. In addition to a complete hearing test we perform a battery of additional tests to determine the characteristics of your tinnitus as well as potential tools to manage it.
Hyperacusis is a condition that is characterized by an over-sensitivity to sounds at levels that are not problematic for most people. A person with severe hyperacusis finds it difficult to tolerate everyday sounds that may even seem unpleasantly loud to that person but not to others. Over time people suffering from hyperacusis may find themselves avoiding a lot of events or settings that they would go to for work or to be with friends and family. Luckily there are ways to manage hyperacusis which we will discuss with you at your appointment.
This condition is a form of decreased tolerance of specific sounds and is also known as “Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome”. People with this condition do not hate all sounds but only particular ones that most people do not even seem to notice. Someone nearby clicking a pen, or eating a carrot could make a person suffering from Misophonia react as mildly as just being annoyed or as much as going into a rage. Misophonia literally means “the hatred of sound”.
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.
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. This also aids the clinician in seeing how the acoustics of the patient's ear allow for sound to travel to the eardrum.