We provide Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations
Each evaluation consist of three parts
Complete Case History
This first part will help determine how much your hearing difficulty impacts your day-to-day life, as well as the lives of your family. A complete history will be taken, and questions will be asked about when and how the hearing loss started, if there are noises in your ears (tinnitus) and if you experience dizziness or vertigo. These personal answers about your hearing provide the basis for a more comprehensive hearing evaluation, beyond the clinical information that we will gather from hearing testing.
Diagnostic Hearing Testing:
A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the next step in determining your hearing capability. This evaluation will be performed by an audiologist, in the office or the comfort of your home, using equipment called an audiometer. If there is hearing loss, this will determine the type and severity of the impairment.
A diagnostic hearing evaluation may include the following tests:
- Air conduction testing
- Bone conduction testing
- Speech testing
- Tympanometry or acoustic immittance testing
The diagnostic hearing evaluation is covered by most health insurance policies, although many require a referral from your primary care physician to quality for coverage. Results from your hearing test will provide the Audiologist an outline of what sounds you may be missing.
Specialized Treatment Plan or Referral:
Once the audiology examination is completed, the test results will be explained to our clients. Our evaluations will be able to determine if a change in hearing sensitivity may be related to a condition that could be medically or surgically treated or if digital hearing technology would be appropriate.
At that point, a hearing instrument may be recommended for one or both ears. Your audiologist will explain what sounds you may be missing and what a hearing device(s) will do to help. Your hearing professional will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features, and level of technology based upon your degree of hearing loss and your lifestyle however, the final decision on which hearing aid(s) is purchased is completely your choice.
Many insurance companies are participating to help cover the costs of hearing devices and we are happy to check into benefits for you. We also work with Wells Fargo and Care Credit for those interested in learning about financing options.
Earmolds & Earplugs
Hearing protection is extremely important for anyone who is regularly in a high-noise environment, including target shooters, motorcyclists, airline pilots, musicians, construction workers and factory workers.
The following noises are especially dangerous with repeat exposure: lawn mowers, truck engines, motorcycles, garbage trucks, chain saws, pneumatic drills, rock concerts, gun shots, and jet engines, to name a few.
Though store-bought earplugs offer some protection, custom earmolds and earplugs offer maximum protection and a comfortable fit that is designed specifically for your ears. They offer more security in knowing that your ears have the best possible protection against hearing loss.
Custom Earplugs –
- Specialty earplugs can be custom fit for your ear canal, and are usually more comfortable than traditional earplugs.
- Some earplugs come with a filtered attenuator, allowing for verbal communication while still protecting hearing, which is popular with musicians and hunters. These types of earpieces come in both electronic and non-electronic models.
- We carry a variety of earplugs for recreational and occupational use:
Sleep Plugs to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep
Earplugs for Motorcyclists
Swim Plugs for children and adults
Musicians Earplugs and Custom Ear Monitoring solutions
Tinnitus is the term used to describe the condition of ringing, buzzing, or other noises in the ear or originating from the head.
Treating the Cause of Tinnitus
Tinnitus can be caused by many things, and is usually a symptom of an underlying condition.
The treatment for your particular tinnitus will depend on the condition that is causing it, the severity, any accompanying issues such as hearing loss, and the impact the tinnitus has on daily activities.
Common causes of tinnitus include:
- Stress and depression
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to loud noises
- Earwax buildup or blockages
- Abnormal bone growth in the ear
- Meniere’s disease
- Head or neck injuries
- Benign tumor of the cranial nerve
In order to find out the cause of your tinnitus, your physician and audiologist will conduct a complete medical history, as well as a complete examination. After a thorough examination, we will help to recommend treatment options. These may include medical options or alternative therapies.