Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Your hearing health is as important as any other medical situation you might encounter. Hearing loss is a health problem that has many causes and, left untreated, can become debilitating. While the most hearing loss cases we treat are age-related, gradual losses, other causes of hearing loss need our prompt attention.
If any changes in your hearing occur, the direct way to address them is to call for a hearing test. The test is generally the first step toward finding the problem and a solution. Hearing tests are brief and straightforward but provide vital information about your overall hearing ability.
Some people experience a build-up of earwax, or cerumen, which is a thick substance produced by the ear to trap dust, dirt and other particles that enter the ear canal. Earwax usually dissipates through normal washing and bathing. However, it can thicken to the point that you need help removing it. Hearing Solutions personnel can safely remove earwax and help you find ways to clear it at home. You should never put objects in your ears; even cotton swabs can be damaging. Let us help with this problem.
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
Testing and evaluating hearing capabilities is one of our main objectives. Standard hearing tests, in which you wear earphones and react to sounds and words, is just part of the process. A diagnostic audiologic evaluation includes tests of the inner ear, bone structures, auditory nerve and brain While it sounds complex, it is all done electronically using various sensors.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
Most people want to know if their hearing difficulties can be treated with a hearing aid. Hearing aids are often part of an overall hearing plan. In many cases, especially in age-related or degenerative hearing loss, hearing aids are the perfect solution because they help to preserve the hearing ability you have left.
Hearing aids are little computers capable of self-adjusting and diagnosing, connecting wirelessly and more. Every hearing loss situation is unique, and our hearing aids are custom made and fit for your individual needs. A hearing evaluation followed by discussions about your lifestyle and hearing needs will determine the best hearing product for you. We then choose a hearing aid that fits your needs and capabilities for its use.
Hearing Aid Fitting
Evaluation for a hearing device is simply the first step in providing the best product for your needs. Fitting a hearing aid involves much more than physically placing the device in your ear canal or behind your outer ear. Fitting means testing and trial of the sound quality, evaluating your ability to hear speech, and explaining the use and maintenance of your device.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Along with adjustments and cleaning, hearing aids could need repairs. Like any electronic instrument, they have small parts and thin wires that can break. We provide a troubleshooting checklist for every device, but if repairs are needed, they are usually minor, and we can do them in the office. Your hearing aid could need a repair we can’t perform. We will send it to an authorized repair center and get it back as quickly as possible.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, is a condition generally thought to be related to the deterioration of the tiny hairs in the ear that transmit sound. This deterioration (injury or disease can also be causes) means that the auditory nerve is receiving a sound signal from the ear when no sound is present. Tinnitus is hence called “the sound that isn’t there.” It is described as a whooshing, whistling or buzzing sound by many people. While many people learn to live with this condition – their brain perceives it as background noise that goes mostly unnoticed – others are badly disrupted it.
There are treatments for tinnitus but no cure. Temporary tinnitus goes away on its own, but the condition is usually permanent. Treatments include:
- Hearing aids: Some hearing aids can be equipped with a feature that produces a tone that masks the perceived sound of tinnitus.
- Sound machines: White noise running in the background help mask tinnitus. Many sufferers find that actual noise helps balance the perceived noise.
- Psychological therapy: Counseling of this type helps people deal with tinnitus and its effect on their daily lives.