Thoroughly assessing hearing capacities in both ears is the first step in identifying hearing loss. There are a few tests that are used to evaluate hearing which is all painless and noninvasive. Our experts use the latest diagnostic tools and technology as well as take the time to carefully assess hearing abilities. One of the most common types of hearing tests is pure tone audiometry testing.
This test involves wearing headphones while sounds are played at different pitches and frequencies. Speech is also presented at a comfortable level and you are asked to repeat words to access your understanding ability in quiet and in noise. Our providers use best practices, the latest diagnostic tools, and technology as well as take time to carefully assess hearing abilities. You will be asked to indicate what you hear by either raising your hand or pressing a button. This measures the softest sounds you can hear, establishing your hearing thresholds. Your results are collected in real-time and presented to you after on what is called an audiogram. An audiogram is a chart that visually represents your hearing ability in each ear.
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Tinnitus is a buzzing or ringing-like noise heard in one or both ears. Numerous factors can cause tinnitus including hearing loss. Tinnitus can be experienced intermittently or chronically, taking a toll on sleep, mood, concentration, communication, etc. While hearing aids for tinnitus masking are not a cure for tinnitus, they can help alleviate these symptoms. Although your tinnitus may not go away entirely, there are many ways to take control of your tinnitus and reduce its impact on your life.
One approach is to use fractal tones which help those with tinnitus relax and reduce stress. Habituation is all about training the brain to receive and process tinnitus differently. Using deep relaxation exercises and sound therapy, the brain is trained to process tinnitus as mundane background noise rather than unpleasant and debilitating. Another option is using notch therapy to train the brain to ignore tinnitus. The frequency of the tinnitus is targeted and amplification of the sound is turned down and relegated to background noise making it easier for your brain to ignore it.
Hearing Aid Repair
Hearing aids are the most common way hearing loss is treated. These highly durable devices provide ample support as people navigate daily life. But like most items that are used daily, they can be impacted by daily wear and tear. It is common for hearing aids to need repair work over time. To make this as convenient and easy as possible, our practice offers in-house hearing aid repairs. This allows our patients to access repair work without the hassle.
Common repairs that are needed include replacing tubing, fixing the battery compartment if the door is ajar, and professionally cleaning the hearing aid if components are clogged with earwax or other substances. We are also able to perform diagnostic tests to ensure that your hearing aid is working optimally.
Custom Hearing Protection
Exposure to loud noise is a common cause of hearing loss. The best way to protect hearing health from excess noise is by wearing hearing protection. There are different types of protective wear like earbuds, headphones, earmuffs, and musician monitors. But the best type is custom hearing protection which is made using molds taken off your ears. The perfect fit offers maximum protection and a comfortable fit.
We are also invested in providing access to advanced technologies that support hearing and hearing aids. This includes Redux, a hearing aid drying device that removes all moisture. Moisture is a common way hearing aids are damaged as moisture can erode the devices’ components. Redux is a device that removes all moisture with a simple press of a button. Our experts can walk you through how to best maintain your hearing aid and maximize this tool to help you do so.
Assistive Listening Devices
In addition to hearing aids, some technologies are designed to support hearing. Known as assistive listening devices (ALDs), these technologies range from amplified phones to accessories for TV. ALDs can be utilized in public and private settings to amplify speech as well as sound. Our experts get to know your lifestyle needs and preferences which allows us to recommend technologies that can seamlessly integrate.