Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Our Passion For What We Do Transfers Into Our Services
We promise to work closely with you to discover where you are having the most difficulty hearing.
- Audiometric Test
- Custom Ear Molds and Plugs
- Cerumen Management
- Cell Phone Accessories
- Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
- Live Speech Mapping
- Tympanometry Exam
- Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
The Science of Measuring Hearing.
You will be tested for your hearing by having an audiologist determine how you hear variations in sound intensity, tonal purity (separating background noises from voices, for example) and pitch. The audiologist determines how you are able to perceive sounds using low & high frequency sounds and your feedback. We will also give you several words to repeat, which will help us gauge how well you hear in noise and your tolerance for speech stimuli. The results will help us determine your percentage of hearing loss and if hearing aids will help you.
Custom Ear Molds and Plugs
We provide custom, personalized hearing protection as well as custom ear molds for iPods and Sleep Plugs. We also sell Musician Plugs ER-9, 15, 25.
Ideal for those who would like an professional audiologist to filter out a specific amount of noise, rather than have all sounds blocked off. Ideal for working in environments that require some degree of noise reduction.
The commonly used foam earlplug can take up to two minutes for a user to roll down, place into the ear and allow to fully expand, when placed in the ear.
Cerumen (Earwax) Management
Earwax, or cerumen, is a waxy substance secreted in each person’s ear canals. Its main purpose is to provide protection for the skin, within the human ear canal and it is only recommended to remove excess earwax if symptoms such as tinnitus, vertigo or otalgia spring up. Sometimes the ear produces too much wax (this can even be caused by new hearing aids or ear plugs) which can become impacted and press against the eardrum. This can impair the ability to hear. We can assist by safely removing ear wax by irrigation, manual removal or by applying a topical medication to it. Ask us about which option would work best for you.
Cell Phone Accessories
We offer a complete inventory of bluetooth and FM assistive listening items. Such devices can help you hear more clearly in windy environments, and demanding environments such as your car or a party.
These hearing aid-compatible accessories will provide you with flexibility to adjust the settings for optimal performance, no matter where you are.
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
During your initial visit, you will be asked questions about your medical and hearing history. Our Annandale / Reston , VA. Audiologist will use an otoscope with a light at the tip to see your outer ear and your ear canal up-close for any abnormalities or complications that may be hindering your hearing test results or that may require you to schedule an appointment with a local ENT (Ear, Nose and throat) doctor. Next, your audiologist will work with you to determine the sscope of your hearing loss via several tests.
Live Speech Mapping
Live Speech Mapping is an integral part of the hearing aid fitting process, used by the audiologist, with help from probe microphones and live real-time speech. This proves will allow the patient and their family members to immediately see, through a visual “map” or “graph”, how the input of sounds differ from the the output of the hearing aid’s. In other words, speech mapping allows hearing aid users to better understand the benefits of hearing aids and the fitting adjustments that are being made by your audiologist.
Testing vibrations caused in the inner ear.
Your inner-ears produce soft vibrations in the hair cells that echo back into the middle ear. Certain people with hearing loss are not able to produce these nearly inaudible sounds. OAE’s, or Acoustically evoked otoacoustic emission testing, allows the hearing instrument provider, and our audiologist, to understand how effective your inner ear are at producing emissions. Testing via OAE can also help the doctor to determine if there is damage to the outer hair cells, if there is a blockage in the outer ear canal and whether there is the presence of middle ear fluid.
Hearing loss related to drugs, past procedures, or malformations in the ear.
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. In essence, we will play a tone into the ear canal, where the sound waves will reflect off the tympanic membrane. When the sound reflects, it causes a vibration in the middle ear to bounce back into the instrument. The more sound reflects back, the more this indicated that there are ear problems related to the stiffening of the middle ear.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is a common condition, where a person experiences 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 this persistent problem. Each person has an individual response to treatment. Our goal is to work with you to relieve you of your specific tinnitus burden. A sound matching test will help us understand what it is you’re hearing, which will in turn help us mask the sound.