Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Your ears are intricate organs with amazing accuracy and sound processing speed. Since the ears are complex, there are many causes of hearing loss. If you experience hearing loss, the first step is to call Professional Hearing Aid Service for an initial appointment. We will help you take the next step toward better hearing.
Our staff is trained to help people find the answers to hearing questions. Our comprehensive services begin with your initial call.
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.
Most journeys to better hearing begin with a hearing test. The audiometric test is used to find specific frequencies and thresholds that a person can or cannot hear. Tones and words at various volumes and pitches are sent to your ears through headphones and other instruments. The results are graphed on a computer.
The audiometric or hearing test is easy and painless. The results determine the severity of your hearing loss, and this will help determine if hearing aids are right for you. This step is recommended for almost all first-time patients.
Custom Ear Molds and Plugs
Every person who works or lives in noisy environments should have ear protection. There are products for general noise reduction and specific products for activities like loud music, swimming and shooting.
Earmolds are plastic composite pieces that sit inside the outer ear. They are used to hold hearing aids or used as custom hearing protectors. Earplugs come in many styles and variations today, many for specific purposes. Professional Hearing Aid Service offers a wide selection and proper fitting.
Cerumen (Earwax) Management
Cerumen, or earwax, is a naturally occurring substance produced by the ear to help attract dirt and debris before it can enter the ear canal. The buildup of cerumen is usually cleared naturally but it can become a problem.
It is never advisable to clear earwax using a cotton swab or other hard object. This can damage ears and pack cerumen further into the ear canal. Home remedies can work but are inconsistent. Call today to find out how easy it is to have your ears professionally cleaned.
Cell Phone Accessories
Today’s hearing aids are tiny electronic computers with a wide array of features. One feature – wireless connectivity – has forever changed the way hearing aids help you connect with the world.
Cell phone connections can help regulate your hearing aid, connect to phone calls and more. Some accessories we offer are Bluetooth and FM band receivers, which help you hear better in challenging, noisy conditions. Connections to these in cars have proven particularly useful. We have a stock inventory of products to choose from, including iPhone and iPod accessories.
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
The tests available at Professional Hearing Aid Service include a visual examination of your outer ear and ear canal, examination of the eardrum and tests for hearing impairment.
Hearing tests use sounds and words to determine the specific parameters of your ability to hear. After the test, evaluations determine what is causing your loss of hearing.
Live Speech Mapping
The most requested help with hearing (and the most often voiced complaint) is understanding speech. Many people say they can hear talking but not understand the words. Speech recognition is the most important feature of a hearing aid.
Live speech mapping uses a family member, live in the room, speaking at normal tone and volume to fine-tune your hearing devices. The process is closely monitored on a computer that is “mapping” or noting your exact ability to understand words from every direction and at several volumes.
OAE is a method of testing the hearing or infants by monitoring the middle and inner ears’ ability to process sound. A computer-aided probe sends sound to the cochlea, the sound interpreting organ in the inner ear. The cochlea responds with an emission, or echo, telling the instrument that the sound was received correctly.
Young children do not have to visible respond; the results are received electronically. This test checks the sound pathway to the inner ear as well as the sensorineural reaction.
The tympanic membrane, or eardrum, is a taut membrane covering the entrance to the middle ear. Vibration of sound waves is first received by the eardrum and sent to the bony structures in the middle ear. A ruptured or perforated eardrum can affect hearing and be dangerous for infection. The tympanometry exam checks the health of this membrane.
The test involves an instrument that changes the pressure in the middle ear and tests the eardrum for integrity.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Many people (about one in five) complain of ringing or whooshing sound in their ears when no noise is present. This condition is tinnitus and is often accompanies by hearing loss. It can happen in one or both ears and has degrees of severity much like hearing loss.
There is no cure for tinnitus but there are treatments. Many hearing aids now feature a tinnitus background noise that helps when you have your devices on. At night, noise machines can perform this function. There are counseling techniques that help, and people report success with training their brains to recognize tinnitus only as background noise. Hearing aids are also helpful in providing relief from tinnitus.