Our services can help assess and treat all of your hearing health needs. All of our patients, from birth to over 100 years old, are evaluated using the latest technology and best practices.
If a hearing loss is suspected, an appointment with our certified Audiologist should be made for the purposes of testing and evaluation.
• You may have a hearing loss if:
• People around you mumble
• You have ringing or hissing in your ears
• Sounds that don’t bother others are too loud or annoying
• You have to turn up the volume on the TV
• You ask people to repeat what they said
• You have noise exposure from firearms, tractors, or other loud sounds
Testing is painless and comfortable. During your test, you will answer questions about your hearing health, repeat everyday words at different volume levels, and identify different sounds.
Your ability to hear each tone, or frequency, produces a unique hearing pattern which is recorded on an audiogram. The Audiologist then uses the audiogram to determine the type and severity of hearing loss. These tests should help determine whether a hearing loss is best treated medically or with hearing aids.
The VNG test is one of the most useful tests to diagnose “dizzy” complaints.
The VNG is a series of tests designed to evaluate the ear’s vestibular mechanism by watching and recording eye movements.
For patients suffering with tinnitus (“ringing/hissing in the ears”) we offer diagnostic tests and self-assessment surveys to determine the cause of the tinnitus and its psychological impact. Tests are performed to determine if the cause of the tinnitus is related to middle ear or inner ear problems and to help assess the best management option. These options may include dietary changes, medication review, masking devices, hearing aids, or Tinnitus Retraining therapy (TRT).
All patients undergo a comprehensive hearing exam prior to receiving a recommendation for hearing aids to determine the cause and extent of the loss. Once a patient becomes a candidate for hearing aids, all options are discussed including:
• style of the hearing instrument
• technology level required to meet their communication goals
The hearing aids are then programmed to match their unique hearing loss. At this point every patient undergoes comprehensive instruction on how to listen again. Emphasis is placed on how the brain must relearn to focus on specific sounds that the individual wants to pay attention to and ignore irrelevant noises. All patients are also instructed on use and care of the hearing instruments and follow-up tests are performed to assure optimal programming of the aids.