Hearing Testing, Hearing Aids and Hearing Solutions
Find Everything You Need for Better Hearing
It’s all to help you hear better. We’re here to do one thing—to help you and or your loved ones hear better and get more out of life. Everything we do is focused on that one goal, from the staff we hire, our knowledge and skills, our hearing tests, the brands we select and expertly fitting your hearing aid.
We offer a wide range of solutions and it is important to remember that there is no such thing as “one size fits all.” Just as each person’s hearing loss is different, so are each individual’s listening needs and preferences. What works for your neighbor, friend or family member may not be appropriate for you.
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What happens during a hearing test?
When you arrive for your exam, you will be greeted by the front office staff and asked to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history and verify your insurance. You will also receive a copy of a Notice of Privacy as mandated by law.
As your exam begins, your hearing care professional will review your personal information with you and will ask you some questions that are designed to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing some difficulty in hearing.
Next, the hearing care professional may look into your ears by using an otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the ear drum and whether or not there is ear wax obstructing the canal. Sometimes the hearing care professional will have a video otoscope so you can see inside your ear as well!
The first test that is conducted is the pure tone hearing test. This is conducted in a quiet environment, sometimes in a soundproof booth. The hearing care professional will place headphones that are connected to an audiometer over your ears. The audiometer transmits a series of tones at a variety of volumes into your ears to determine the exact point or "threshold" at which you can hear various frequencies of sounds. When you hear a sound, you will be asked to say "yes" or raise your hand.
Next is speech testing, when you will listen to a series of one and two syllable words at different volumes and be asked to repeat them. This will determine the level at which you can not only detect, but understand speech. Another test that may be conducted is a speech in noise test. This test will determine how well you hear sentences in a noisy environment.
Hearing Test Results
The results of your tests will be recorded on a form called an audiogram, which the hearing care professional will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. You will be shown the type, pattern and degree of hearing loss, as well as the percentage of normal conversational speech that you are still able to hear. Your hearing care professional will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing. The next step is to consider treatment solutions.
Your hearing aid specialist will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing. The next step is to consider treatment solutions.
Schedule a hearing test with our trained hearing aid specialists and discover how much sound you’ve been missing…and how much more you could be hearing.
Types of Hearing Tests
Pure-tone and Bone Conduction Testing
Bone conduction and pure-tone evaluations require people to listen to soft tones of sound at various frequencies to determine the range of sound they have trouble hearing. The difference between the two is that the bone conduction exam utilizes a different kind of headphone which helps examine the functionality of your inner ears.
The third type of test is the speech reception threshold test which examines the ability of a person to understand speech in a variety of background settings ranging from silent to extremely loud listening environments. They will be asked to repeat what they heard to determine whether they are able to recognize speech properly, despite the background environment.
Hearing Aid Fitting
Once your hearing aids arrive, we will ensure that they fit properly and, depending on what kind you have purchased, make any programming adjustments needed. We will carefully go over the maintenance and operation of the aids, and ensure that you understand all the basic functions that you may need to know.
If you have any questions or concerns at that time or any time thereafter, you only have to call or stop by our office and we will be happy to assist you. Service after the sale is part of the excellent quality of care that we strive to offer our customers.
Adjusting To Your New Hearing Aid
The time it takes to adjust to your hearing aids generally depends on the severity of your hearing loss and the length of time your brain has been deprived of sound. Some people adjust quickly. Others may need time for their brains to get used to sounds and stimuli they haven’t received in awhile. This can be overwhelming at first, but don’t’ worry – it’s normal. With practice and patience you’ll soon be comfortable hearing the world around you again.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus can be a difficult condition to deal with on a daily basis. This is why it is important to seek treatment options as soon as possible to relieve the discomfort of the constant ringing in the ears. It is usually found that tinnitus is not the actual problem but merely a symptom of a more severe underlying health ailment.
Discover how to stop or at least reduce the ringing in your ears. Find out how Tinnitus Therapy can help you.
Cerumen (Ear Wax) Management
Earwax (or cerumen) is a waxy substance secreted in the ear canal. Sometimes the ear produces too much wax which can become impacted and press against the eardrum. This can impair the ability to hear. We can assist in the safe removal of ear wax, or refer you to an ENT.