Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
When you make your first appointment with Physicians Hearing Center, your first step will be to undergo a series of diagnostic audiologic evaluations. These tests will enable your audiologist to determine what is causing your hearing loss, tinnitus or balance issue. The results of the audiologic evaluation will also determine what treatment options are available and suitable for you.
The main types of diagnostic audiologic evaluations or tests include:
- Tympanometry: A test that assesses the middle ear
- Otoacoustic emissions: A test that assesses how well the outer hair cells of the inner ear function.
- Auditory brainstem response evaluation: A test that assesses the electrical nerve impulses and how well they carry sound from the inner ear to the brain.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Beyond hearing loss, our audiologists see and treat patients suffering from tinnitus. Described as a whooshing, whistling, whining or other high-pitched noise heard only by the sufferer, tinnitus is often a debilitating issue that is actually a symptom of a greater underlying condition. There are many conditions that cause tinnitus, which your audiologist will discuss with you to determine and pinpoint the exact cause of yours.
Often times, hearing loss is a simple case of impacted earwax. The audiologists at Physicians Hearing enter are specially trained to provide earwax removal services.
Hearing Loss Counseling
In addition to our Complete Hearing Healthcare Program, our audiologists also provide information and counseling on how to cope with your hearing loss, adjust to your new hearing aids, and improve your communication skills
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
Evaluations for hearing aids come hand in hand with our diagnostic audiologic evaluation services. Once our audiologists are able to understand the cause, type and degree of your hearing loss, they are able to determine whether hearing aids are right for you.
Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
At the hearing aid fitting, you will receive the hearing aids you selected. They are programmed based on a prescription that is specific to each person’s hearing loss. The hearing professional may make adjustments after you try the hearing aids to make sure the settings and fit are ideal for you.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your hearing professional can help determine what kind of repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.
Hearing Aid Education
We offer a complimentary continuing education class for you, and your family. This class will go over cleaning, maintenance, assistive listening devices, and answer any questions you or your family may have.
Complete Hearing Healthcare (CHHC) Program
When you purchase devices from us, we include the Complete Hearing Healthcare (CHHC) program, which includes extensive hearing aid services.
Live Speech Mapping
Live speech mapping is a test used to help during the hearing aid fitting process. Live speech mapping uses probe microphones and live real-time speech to allow the patient and their family members to immediately see and understand the benefits of hearing aids and fitting adjustments.