Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
A case history
This is a discussion of an individual’s communication ability from their own perspective. Every individuals’ needs are different and the audiologist will discuss the work and home environments, social situations and family members that may be difficult to hear (i.e., young children or infirmed). Other considerations may include:
- Whether there is any history of hearing loss in the family.
- What type of work or hobbies may have contributed to a hearing loss.
- Whether a perceived hearing difficulty seems to be in one or both ears.
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. Batteries that are properly charged will make a noise (a squeal) when cupped in your hand or after it has been inserted in your ear, when you cup your hand over the hearing aid it will also make a noise.
- Size 10 (yellow)
- Size 312 (brown)
- Size 13 (orange)
- Size 675 (blue)
An otoscopic evaluation is a magnified look into the ear canal to determine the possible presence of any blockage (i.e. ear wax, foreign material, etc.) which might affect the test results or require referral to a physician.
A hearing evaluation, conducted in a sound suite (sound treated room), will determine if a hearing loss exists, what type of hearing loss it may be, and which part of the hearing mechanism is involved (outer ear, middle ear, inner ear or hearing nerve). Testing involves air and bone conduction audiometry and speech understanding word testing. The evaluation will reveal the degree and configuration of the hearing loss, the individual’s ability to understand words clearly and possible treatment options.
Hearing Aid Evaluation
A hearing aid Evaluation is an assessment of communication performance while wearing hearing aids vs. not wearing them. This can be done via objective testing and/or subjectively based on patient comparative opinion.
Tympanometry is a test used to evaluate the mobility of the middle ear system (ear drum and middle ear bones). It is not a hearing test but will provide information regarding the status of the middle ear function. It is an objective test of the middle-ear and can easily be used with children. Tympanometry assists the audiologist in determining which type of hearing loss may be present.
Otoacoustic emission testing
Otoacoustic emission testing is primarily used in conjunction with a physician referral. Otoacoustic emissions are sounds from the inner ear that can be measured in the ear canal when the cochlea has been stimulated by a sound. This test is frequently used as part of a Newborn Hearing Screening Program.
Evaluation and Fitting for Musician's Ear Plugs
Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings. They are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods, which may put them at risk for permanent hearing damage. Musician's ear plugs are custom-made devices that help to limit the sound exposure from instruments, while still providing a rich musical experience for the performer or audience.
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting
At the hearing aid fitting, you will receive the hearing aids you selected. They are programmed based on a prescription that is specific 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.
Digital Hearing Aids
Digital hearing aids transform an acoustic signal (air-borne sound waves) into digits within the hearing aid for processing and then back to an acoustic signal, which then is delivered to the ear. Digital amplification is the “cleanest” type of sound processing with the least amount of circuit noise and truest sound reproduction. Digital hearing aids have become the industry standard because of their superior sound processing capability.
We work with many of the top hearing aid manufacturers, such as Siemens, Phonak, Rexton, Oticon and Widex.
We provide custom molded earmolds for new or existing hearing aids. Modification/repair of existing earmolds as well as routine maintenance, such as tubing changes, is also done in our office.
Custom Molded Hearing and Ear Protection Products
- Noise suppression earplugs to protect hearing in excessively loud work or hobby environments
- Musician plugs/monitors
- Swim plugs
- Sleep plugs
- Secure Ear (for hunters)
These are custom molded electronic devices which amplify soft ambient sounds while blocking loud/damaging sounds such as gun fire.
Hearing Aid Repairs
We provide repairs for most hearing aid brands, regardless of where the hearing aid was purchased. Repairs may be completed in-house, manufacture’s repair lab, or an all-make repair lab. Warranties on repairs will vary depending on patient preference.
Our clients always come first, we treat our patients as we would want to be treated. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients and their families. We spend as much time as needed with each patient and our services and products are priced very competitively. Please give us a call and allow us to help you with your hearing needs.
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 brands of hearing aids. We offer in-office repairs when possible on most makes/models.