Scheduled and performed by our licensed and nationally certified Hearing Professional. Tests are subject to professional fees, insurance often covers these services.
Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
Tympanometry is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones, by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.
Even though you may have had good hearing most of your life a hearing loss can gradually develop with no warning at all. Using a precision clinical audiometer we test and evaluate your hearing. From this professional hearing check up we can help you discover any problems early on and recommend the appropriate measures for conservation and/or correction. Left unchecked, our library of word understanding and sound awareness will generally deteriorate with minimum awareness on our part. In fact, loved ones and friends are often aware of our hearing difficulties long before we are.
Acoustic Impedance Measurements
Determines the mobility of the eardrum and associated middle ear bones. Many children develop fluid behind the eardrum due to upper respiratory infections. This procedure can make a direct measurement for the middle ear system to rule out the possibility of a middle ear problem. Other disorders are also associated with middle ear dysfunction.
Determines the status of the vestibular (balance) system. This procedure is the primary method of documenting a patient’s dizziness. Ten percent of complaints to an internal medicine doctor relates to a concern about dizziness or vertigo. Many patients who have dizziness experience problems when the rotate their heads in different positions. This type of dizziness may be caused by what is termed “positional vertigo” that can be treated and cured by the audiologist.
Hearing Aid Services
Our Audiology department is committed to providing the best hearing aid services and care. We offer the latest in hearing aid technology and provide patients with a wide range of styles and shapes.
Following the initial evaluation, should the audiologist determine that a patient has a none-medical problem with their hearing, then a treatment option of using hearing aids may be recommended. Just as with the case of all electronics, hearing aids are “not what they used to be”. Many manufactures produce devices that utilize computer capabilities to enhance the processing of speech, making soft sounds audible and loud sounds comfortable. No adjustment of volume needs to be made by the patient. In addition, many patients with this advanced technology report much better understanding in the presence of noise. This includes noisy restaurants and other social situations. In order to “prove” these enhancements in hearing, patients are provided with a minimum of a 30 days trial period with amplification to allow them to experience the difference. Improved communication skills leads to a better and more complete lifestyle. In this day and age of technology no patient with a hearing problem should experience life in a confused “sound” world.
For swimmers, those in high noise environments and for those in the music profession, custom ear molds can provide protection from further hearing loss.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
ALDs are used when hearing aids are not sufficient to fully rectify a patient’s hearing problems. ALDs include devices for television, telephone, and FM and infrared amplification for classroom or theaters.
- Hearing protection and earplugs
- Custom Ear Molds including: Swim Molds, Hearing Protection, Musician Earplugs