Many people experience hearing loss and seek help about this loss and how to restore hearing ability. As the population ages, a larger percentage of people than ever before will experience age-related hearing loss to some degree. While there are many causes of hearing loss, this is by far the most prevalent.
The audiologists at Hearing and Ear Care Center make better hearing their top priority. To do this, they offer a comprehensive set of services that quickly and accurately help you on your path to better hearing.
Here are some of the services we provide:
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation
In almost all cases, the first step toward better hearing is taking a hearing test. An audiologic evaluation incorporates a basic hearing test with other examinations to find all the factors influencing your specific hearing loss.
Hearing loss is individual and could involve several factors to varying degrees. The diagnostic evaluation not only checks the basic hearing path – sound waves enter the ear, vibrate the eardrum, are sent to the inner ear where they become electronic impulses to the brain – but also checks the muscles and bones in and around the ear.Learn More
Earwax can become a problem when it builds up to the point of affecting hearing. For those who wear hearing aids, cerumen, or earwax, can clog the input system. Earwax is usually cleared from the ears during normal bathing, but if the buildup becomes a problem, we can help clear it and show you how to safely do the same.Learn More
Evaluation for Hearing Aids
Acquiring and using a hearing aid can be intimidating for people who have lost hearing. Most people who call want to know if they need one or two devices to hear better. The first step in finding the answer is a basic hearing test.
Tests give detailed answers about the type and extent of your hearing loss. Should you need a hearing aid to get your normal life back, Hearing and Ear Care Center audiologists will quickly and accurately help you find the right hearing aid.Learn More
Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
If you need a hearing aid, the fitting process begins. Fitting is far more than making sure the device is appropriate and comfortable. Fitting involves testing and retesting the hearing aid for accuracy and volume in many hearing situations. Adjusting is the main course of all things aimed at better hearing.
You will adjust your life to wearing a hearing device just as the device is adjusted for our needs. Fitting includes instruction on the care and charging of devices or replacing batteries.
Our audiologists will periodically adjust your hearing aids and answer any questions you have.Learn More
Hearing Aid Repair and Maintenance
Every electronic device is subject to failure in some form. Hearing aids are no different. These complex electronic devices can malfunction for a variety of reasons. In most cases, we can take care of a problem in our office. Your hearing aid might need cleaning or testing.
In some cases, we will send your device to an authorized repair center. Either way, we will soon have your hearing aids working at peak efficiency.Learn More
Industrial Hearing Screening
Over the years, government rules caught up with safety experts’ recommendations about safe hearing environments for workers. Hearing protection is mandatory in many loud environments today.
Industrial hearing screening procedures evaluate the hearing of workers on a large-scale basis. Screenings are conducted on several individuals at once and can be done at the workplace.Learn More
Live Speech Mapping
In our office, you and a friend or family member speak in normal tones at various angles and distances from each other. Since the person’s voice is very familiar to you, the data is not affected by strange voices. The computer-generated map helps audiologists plan the best treatment for your hearing needs. Live speech mapping procedures help audiologists plot a detailed grid of your ability to hear speech.Learn More
Tinnitus Treatment Options
Tinnitus is a growing problem that affects a large percentage of older adults. Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, is likely caused by degenerated inner ear organs that transfer sound waves and transform them into electric pulses to the brain. The ringing, buzzing or whooshing sound many people experience in varying intensities is not curable, but treatments have proven effective.
While there are hearing aids that have special tinnitus masking sounds, many people find that noise machines, music and television sounds help mask the phantom noise of tinnitus. Other tinnitus therapies include brain training that helps cope with the noise, behavioral therapies and drug therapy.Learn More