Hearing Aid Services
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with a licensed professional who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, and technologies that are available. They will go over the results of your hearing test to help you learn how wearing hearing aids could be of specific benefit to you. You may be shown different styles or have the opportunity to try on a few devices for fit.
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting
At your hearing aid fitting, you will receive hearing aids that have been custom-ordered for you and will be programmed based on a prescription that is specific to your individual hearing loss.Typically our customers will return for 3-4 follow up appointments to allow the hearing professional to make minor adjustments and ensure the settings and fit are ideal for you. These adjustments are accomplished using several tools including Real-Ear measurements, In-situ audiometry, and
Live Speech Mapping.
Live Speech Mapping is a fitting process that uses probe microphones and live real-time speech to allow the patient and their family members to immediately see and understand the benefits of hearing aids and fitting adjustments.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done right here in our office and we offer those services on a walk-in basis; no appointment is necessary. In some cases, hearing aids cannot be repaired in-house and will need to be sent to the manufacturer. Our staff can help you determine what kind of repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly. Loaner hearing aids may also be made available to you if your devices will be away for an extended period of time.
We can order custom-made earmolds based on the exact contours of your ears. Earmolds are often coupled with hearing aids to ensure a perfect fit and correct amplification, but can also be used for noise protection which is crucial for farmers, hunters, and any other individuals who are routinely exposed to high levels of noise.
In most cases, if the battery in your hearing aid is charged properly, and the aid is clean, the device will make a squeal when you cup it in your hand. If you have checked your devices for dirt, wax, and debris, and still do not hear anything from the hearing aid, it is probably time for a new battery.
We keep the following sizes of hearing aid batteries in stock at all times:
- Size 10 (yellow)
- Size 312 (brown)
- Size 13 (orange) Size 675 (blue)
Pure Tone Hearing Tests
If you think you may need hearing aids, Pure Tone Hearing Tests can be scheduled free of charge. You will be tested using a series of sounds and words at various frequencies. The results will help us to determine not only your degree of hearing loss, but also your ability to understand speech in various situations, and how hearing aids may help improve on that ability.
Diagnostic Audiological Evaluations
Physician-referred hearing evaluations are generally performed by our licensed and nationally certified Audiologists These services are subject to professional fees, but insurance will often cover the costs.
Along with a basic pure-tone test, these evaluations will typically include
Tympanometry is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones, by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.
Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
testing, as well as a comprehensive written report which will be sent both to you and your physician.
Central Auditory Processing Evaluations
Problems may occur in the auditory system that are not picked up by traditional hearing tests. These difficulties occur in approximately 7-10% of children and over 25% of older adults. We are specialists in the assessment and treatment of hearing difficulties that may be associated with the hearing system beyond the inner ear. These problems are often mislabeled as attention, learning, or cognitive difficulties, and may actually be due to problems in the hearing system that may be managed without medication.
Tinnitus is described as a ringing in the ear, and can range in severity. A tinnitus evaluation can help you identify how much tinnitus interferes with your daily life and if there are treatment options that could benefit you.
Cerumen Removal and Management
Cerumen, or ear wax, can be removed from the ear canal so that it does not interfere with listening or comfort, especially for individuals who wear hearing aids.