Our Hearing Services
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations and Hearing Tests
We will start with a hearing consultation to establish your general health and hearing history. Then, we will thoroughly examine both of your ears to see if there are any obstructions that could be affecting your hearing. Once that assessment is complete, we will test your hearing with the latest standard-of-care methods and technology to determine the degree and type of hearing loss you have.
Finally, your results will be illustrated in a detailed audiogram which we will review with you.
Rehabilitation and Counseling Services for Hearing Loss
We understand that the journey to better hearing does not end after your initial hearing aid fitting. It takes time, practice, and experience to adjust to your new equipment. That’s why we provide visits for cleaning the instruments and checking your ears. We also have resources specifically designed to help you re-acclimate to the sounds around you.
To guarantee your satisfaction, we work hard to help fine-tune your hearing aids until you have a better hearing experience.
Counseling for Tinnitus
Most people describe tinnitus as “ringing in the ears.” It’s the medical term for the sensation of hearing sound in your ears when no external sound is present. Sadly, there is no cure for tinnitus, but there are ways to get relief.
Our Tinnitus Sound Therapy technology can help by counterbalancing this with soothing sound stimulus.
Hearing Aid Repair
The hearing aid is an incredible little piece of technology. Even with their miniature size, they house a great deal of state-of-the-art components that perform advanced operations all day every day. But like all devices, they will on occasion require maintenance. Fortunately, we repair and service all brands, models, and variety of hearing aids. Regardless of whether you purchased your device from us or not. No matter its condition or age, and we can do so right here from our office.
If your device requires a complex repair or for repairs covered by warranty, we can send your hearing aid directly to the manufacturer on your behalf.
You should make an appointment for a free hearing evaluation, consultation, and hearing test.
At their most basic, hearing aids are microphones that convert sound into electrical signals. An amplifier increases the strength of the signal, then a receiver converts it back to sound and channels it into the ear canal through a small tube or earmold.
Most of the time, hearing problems begin gradually without discomfort or pain. What’s more, family members often learn to adapt to someone’s hearing loss without even realizing they are doing it. Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine whether you have hearing loss.
- Do I/they often ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do I/they have trouble following conversations with more than two people?
- Do I/they have difficulty hearing what is said unless facing the speaker?
- Do I/they struggle to hear in crowded places like restaurants, malls, and meeting rooms?
- Do I/they have a hard time hearing women or children?
- Do I/they prefer the TV or radio volume louder than others?
- Do I/they experience ringing or buzzing in my ears?
- Does it sound like other people are mumbling or slurring their words?
If you answered yes to several of these questions, chances are you suffer from hearing loss.
Only 13% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss. Since most people with hearing impairments hear just fine in quiet environments (like your doctor’s office), it can be very difficult for your physician to recognize this problem. Only a trained hearing professional can determine the severity of your hearing problem, whether or not you could benefit from a hearing aid, and which type would be best for you.
There are several causes. The main ones include excessive noise, genetics, birth defects, infections of the head or ear, aging, and reaction to drugs or cancer treatment. Each type of hearing loss has different causes.
There are three types of hearing loss including sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss. Most people lose at least some degree of their hearing as they age. By the time they reach age 65 and older, one in three people has some type of hearing impairment.
Yes, hearing aids are available for those with single-sided hearing loss. The Starkey CROS System delivers solutions for:
- Those who are unable to hear in one ear and have normal hearing in the other ear (CROS)
- Those with little to no hearing in one of their ears, and a hearing loss in their better ear (BiCROS)
Hearing loss can occur at any time and at any age. In fact, most people with hearing loss (65%) are younger than age 65! There are 6 million people in the U.S. ages 18-44 with hearing loss and around 1.5 million are school age.
Only 5% of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss (95%) are treated with hearing aids.
Yes. Most people need an adjustment period of up to four months before becoming acclimated to — and receiving the full benefit of — wearing their hearing aids. However, you should expect to notice obvious benefits during this trial period. Remember, your hearing professional is there to help. Do not be afraid to call or visit to discuss your concerns.
- Be realistic.
Remember that your hearing loss has been gradual. Over the years, you have lost the ability to hear certain sounds in the speech spectrum and normal sounds of the environment such as traffic and wind noise, the hum of machinery, and other background noises.
When you begin to wear hearing aids, these sounds will be restored, but your brain will need practice and reeducation in order to selectively focus on and filter sounds. Some sounds may even startle you at first. Know that your brain will acclimate to these sounds again over time.
- Be patient.
It takes time to adapt to hearing aids. Wear them as much as possible at first to become more skilled at recognizing sound direction and to learn which hearing aid settings work best for you in different situations.
The adjustment period may be tiresome. It’s a lot like retraining a muscle that hasn’t been used in a while. But the benefits will be worth it after you’ve made the adjustment.
The price of a hearing aid will vary depending on the specific model and features you need and how effective it is in various noise environments. Whatever the final cost, most hearing professionals do offer financing plans.
You should also check to see if you qualify for free hearing aids or discounted hearing aids from your employer, union, US Veterans Affairs Department, insurance provider, HMO, or local charity (such as Lions Club).