Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
During your initial visit, you will be asked questions about your medical and hearing history. Then the Audiologist will use a lighted otoscope to inspect your outer ear and your ear canal for any abnormalities that may affect your hearing test results or a medical referral prior to testing. Next, the Audiologist will conduct several tests to determine:
- Whether or not a hearing loss exists and its possible cause
- The degree and type of hearing loss and whether the loss exists in one or both ears
- The best treatment options
A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step in determining the type, degree, configuration and symmetry of your hearing loss. The evaluation includes a variety of measurements to rule out any medically treatable causes of hearing loss. Testing includes: pure tone testing, bone conduction testing and speech testing. The results will help us determine your amount of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech, and whether or not hearing aids will help you.
- Pure Tone Testing- is the key hearing test used to identify hearing threshold levels of an individual, enabling determination of the degree, type and configuration of a hearing loss. Thus, providing the basis for diagnosis and management. Pure tone testing is a subjective, behavioral measurement of hearing threshold, as it relies on patient response to pure tone stimuli. Pure tone testing is used on adults and children old enough to cooperate with the test procedure. Pure tone testing is performed in the soundbooth using either speakers, headphones, or insert earphones. As with most clinical tests, calibration of the test environment, the equipment and the stimuli to ISO standards in needed before testing proceeds. Pure tone testing only measures thresholds, rather than other aspects of hearing such as sound localization. Pure tone testing evaluates the function of the outer, middle, and inner ear systems.
- Bone Conduction Testing- Bone conduction testing is also performed in the soundbooth but uses a bone conduction vibrator positioned behind the ear on the mastoid or on the forehead. This test evaluates the function of the inner ear system.
- Speech Testing- speech stimuli is used to evaluate one’s ability to understand speech at different levels. This testing also helps to determine how much you will understand when wearing hearing aids.
Tympanometry testing is conducted to determine if a middle ear problem may be contributing to or causing your hearing loss. This procedure measures the movement, or compliance of the eardrum as air pressure is increased or decreased in the ear canal. Tympanometry is not a test of hearing sensitivity. Results are plotted on a graph called a tympanogram, typically included on the audiogram, and categorized as either a Type A, B, or C. Type A refers to eardrum movement within normal limits. Type B indicates little or no eardrum movement, typically suggesting fluid in the middle ear space. Type C refers to a middle ear with negative pressure. Such a tympanogram may be caused by retraction of the eardrum or blockage of the Eustachian tube.
The otoscopic exam is performed by gently pulling the auricle or ear upward and backward for visual inspection of:
- The external auditory canal (ear canal) for obstructions, wax blockages or outer ear infection and
- The tympanic membrane (eardrum) noting the color (red, white, yellow) and translucency (transparent, opaque) and position (retracted, neutral or bulging) of the drum.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is a common condition that causes a ringing, rushing, or buzzing in the ears. Tinnitus will not cause you to go deaf, but its presence may affect your daily activities. Our professionals can help recommend a course of action to deal with and relieve this persistent problem.
Technologically Advanced Hearing Aids with Bluetooth Compatibility
We offer the most technologically advanced digital hearing aids and offer a variety of options designed to meet any budget. If you need hearing aids to work with Bluetooth technology, we can help you choose the hearing aid that is best for you.
Fitting and Follow-Up Care
Cerumen (Wax) Management
Earwax, or cerumen, is a waxy substance secreted in the ear canal. Its purpose is to protect and clean the skin of the human ear canal while protecting it from debris, bacteria and water. 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.
For your convenience, financing is available through HealthiPlan.
Custom Ear Molds and Plugs
We provide custom hearing protection as well as custom molds for iPods and Sleep Plugs. We also sell Musician Plugs ER-9, 15, 25 and Musician’s Monitors.
Cell Phone Accessories
We offer a complete inventory of cell phone accessories.
Hearing Aid Battery Sales
Common battery sizes are 10, 13, 312, and 675
To identify the battery size, manufacturers use an industry standard color code system:
- size 10 yellow
- size 13 orange
- size 312 brown
- size 675 blue
When hearing aids are not enough or not appropriate we offer devices for the telephone, TV, FM classroom amplification, and sound alerting devices.
Hearing Aid Care and Maintenance for Home
Your hearing aids require regular care and cleaning that you can easily perform at home. We will help by offering a variety of cleaning and storage tools including, Global Dry and Stores, Dri-aid bricks, Audiologist’s choice hearing aid cleaning spray, manufacturer specific wax guards, Ear-gel lubricant, de-ox Id contact cleaner, ear-mold syringe and battery testers.
Hearing Aid Repairs
A full service lab is available for hearing aid repairs. In most cases, we are able to repair your hearing aid in-house while you wait. If your hearing aid requires more extensive repair we will send the hearing aid to the appropriate manufacturer for you.