Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can be wirelessly connected to devices such as televisions, cell phones, FM systems, GPS systems, and PDAs, with the use of Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth technology works similarly to wireless Internet, where sounds are sent through an invisible electronic signal.
Counseling on the use and care of your hearing aids
Professional staff is available to help you with problems you may be having with your hearing aids. They can also spend time with you and discuss ways to make listening with hearing aids easier in your day-to-day life. Family members are welcome and encouraged to come with you and learn about your hearing aids.
Cell Phone Accessories
Custom earmolds for cell phone headrests, Bluetooth compatible device, hands-free and more.
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
Scheduled and performed by our licensed and nationally certified Hearing Healthcare Professional are subject to professional fees. Insurance often covers these services.
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
During your examination you will be tested using a series of low & high frequency words to determine your ability to understand verbiage within a conversation. We will also give you several words to repeat. The results will help us determine your degree of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech and how hearing aids will improve your ability to hear.
Evaluation and Needs Assessment for Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) including FM systems, Alarm Clocks, TV and Phone Amplifiers
Assistive listening devices are devices that can help a listener function better in day-to-day communication situations. ALDs can be used with or without hearing aids to make hearing easier, which can reduce the overall stress and fatigue of listening. ALDs can be used in the home to make alarms, the television and telephone more audible. Some can also be connected to personal hearing aids for better listening in noisy environments.
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. This process is carried out using a computer.
When customizing your hearing aid settings, we take various measurements to check how well you can hear. Once we teach you how to operate the hearing aids and instruct you on the energy supply (batteries), you should wear your new hearing aids 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 be able to make any necessary final adjustments to your hearing aids if needed.
You will be provided with detailed information on how the hearing aids should be maintained. Of course, you can have your hearing aids checked by us at any time by appointment. This will ensure that the sound quality remains as good as ever, and will extend the life of your aids.
Getting Hearing Aids
Once you have told us your history and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we will provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products to meet your needs:
- Which type of hearing aid technology is most suitable for your hearing loss?
- Do you have the ability to adjust the controls on the hearing aid yourself, or do you need something that requires less handling?
- Which style best suits your hearing loss or your personal situation? A Completely-in-the Ear, In-the-Canal, In-the-Ear (ITE), or behind-the-ear aid (BTE) aid?
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting
At the hearing aid fitting, you will receive your hearing aids. 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.
Hearing Aid Repairs
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.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with a licensed professional who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, technologies, and benefits to wearing hearing aids. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing aid chosen.
Hearing Evaluations for Children
A hearing test for a child is often not as simple as a hearing test for an adult. For this reason, audiologists are trained in specific techniques to evaluate the hearing of a child. Toys, games, and lights are used in the testing room to help obtain responses from a child to soft tones, noises, or words. The child may wear headphones or listen to the sounds in a room with speakers.
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 of our patients to come in for regular hearing aid check-ups and cleaning. Warranties including repairs, maintenance, cleanings are included with all brands of hearing aids. The length of the warranty may vary by product. We offer in-office repairs when possible on most makes/models.
Live Speech Mapping
Live Speech Mapping is a fitting process that uses probe microphones and live real-time speech to allow the audiologist to immediately evaluate the accuracy of the hearing aid fitting and adjustments.
Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
Test & Audiometry
In order to adjust your hearing aid to your individual requirements, we first determine your personal hearing profile, or "audiogram." This is done by testing your ability to hear a variety of speech and environmental sounds.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is described as a ringing in the ear, and can range in severity. 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.
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.