An evaluation begins by discussing your concerns with hearing loss and your current lifestyle. The assessment begins with the Video Otoscope, where together we can visualize your eardrum and ear canal. When necessary, earwax removal can also be performed. Tympanometry will assess the status of the middle ear by putting a small amount of pressure into the ear canal and recording eardrum movement.
The hearing evaluation is then completed in a state-of-the-art sound booth with a diagnostic audiometer. After determining the type and severity of your hearing loss, and discussing your individual lifestyle needs, I will recommend treatment accordingly. These tests will determine whether your hearing loss is best treated medically, with hearing aids, tinnitus devices, or an Assistive Listening Device.
Keeping Up with Your Hearing Changes
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends that individuals over 50 receive regular hearing screenings every three years. I am convinced that 50 is not old! I refuse to be intimidated in the thinking that only the elderly need help hearing.
Whatever your generation, staying connected is critical to brain health and well being. Hearing is crucial to living a full life - make an appointment today.
The fitting of the hearing aids requires one and a half hours and three or four follow up visits. During these follow up evaluations we will ensure that the prescription chosen is the right one for you and will work through fine tunings and specific changes in the programming and manipulation of the hearing instruments.
We will take time for you to fully understand how to use and take care of your new hearing devices. During these visits, I’ll ask you how your hearing aids are performing in the environments that are most important to you, and will adjust the programming to help you hear better in those situations.
Assistive Listening Devices
A variety of devices are available to help in difficult listening situations such as hearing in noise, television, landline telephones, cell phones, hearing at a distance, and safety/hunting devices. I have a number of devices where you can quickly and easily assess their potential benefit.