Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
- Assistive Listening Devices (ALD's) Demonstrations
- Aural Rehabilitation
- Comprehensive Audiological Testing
- Hearing aid Accessories
- Hearing Aid Checks/Cleanings
- Hearing Aid Consultations
- Hearing Aid Repairs/Remakes
- Hearing Protection Devices
- High Frequency Audiometry
- To monitor ototoxicity
- Immittance Testing
- Otoacoustic Emissions
Complete Audiological Evalutions & Aural Rehabilitation
An audiological evaluation is an important first step in determining the best options for your unique hearing loss case. When you come into our clinic our audiologist will do a complete audiological evaluation and health history in order to determine the type of hearing loss that you are experiencing. We will ask you a series of questions regarding your hearing as well as family history and any other factors that may contribute to hearing loss.
The hearing evaluation will measure your hearing ability and consists of pure tone air and bone conduction and speech testing. Testing pure tones is completed to determine the degree of hearing loss and whether hearing loss is conductive or sensory-neural. We offer Tympanometry with acoustic refelexes that evaluate from middle ear to the hearing ascending pathways to the brain.
Also, 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 percentage of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech and how hearing aids will improve your ability to hear.
Once complete, our audiologist will determine whether there is hearing loss, what is the cause of the loss and the best treatment options for your specific case.
Hearing Aid Consultations
Based on the case history and initial hearing evaluation, our audiologist will determine what hearing aids are right for you. There are a great variety of different hearing aids based on the severity of your hearing loss, type of hearing loss, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Our goal is to make sure you are completely satisfied and comfortable with your new hearing aids. We have access to a variety of brands and types of hearing aids to make this possible.
During the intial hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with the audiologist who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, technologies, and benefits to wearing hearing aids. You may be shown different styles or have the opportunity to try different hearing aids in the office. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing aid chosen.
Then we will provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements
- Which ear has a problem hearing?
- Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?
- Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically to any hearing situation?
- Which aid 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 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. 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 adjustment process is carried out using a computer.
When adjusting your hearing aids, we take various measurements to check how well you can hear. Once we teach you how to operate them 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 make any necessary final adjustments to your hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Repairs/Remakes
At Advanced Hearing Healthcare, our staff of audiologists are experienced and trained in repairing and remaking all brands of hearing aids and devices. 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 Accessories
Cell phones: Custom earmolds for cell phone headrests, Bluetooth compatible device, hands-free and more.
Musician Ear Plugs & Monitors: 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.
Batteries: 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.
Hearing Aid Maintenance
After you leave our hearing practice, we provide hearing aid maintenance and checks on all brands of hearing aid manufacturers. Also, our audiologist and team will provide you with guidance on how to best maintain your hearing aids as well as cleaning and other tips to make sure they last for as long as possible.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALD's) Demonstrations
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. They can also be connected to personal hearing aids for better listening in noisy environments.
Hearing Protection Devices
Advanced Hearing provides a variety of Hearing Protection devices to help protect your hering in all types of professions and hobbies.
Hunting: We provide ear plugs for hunting, shooting, and sudden noise. A filter instantaneously closes when damaging noise levels are reached. Allows essentially normal hearing at all other time
Music: Ideal for performing musicians and concert-goers. Also great for flight attendants, bartenders, waiters, dental professionals. Allows wearer to hear sounds accurately but at reduced levels.
Swimming: For swimming and showering – and they FLOAT! Also provide superb noise reduction.
High Frequency 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.
Acoustic immittance testing is an additional test that may be completed when you undergo an audiological evaluation by our team. This hearing test will help identify the specific area of the ear that is involved with your hearing loss. Our audiologist will place a plastic prob in the ears and then evaluate the vibration from the eardrums. It is a quick and painless test that will give us additional knowledge about your hearing loss.
Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.