Audiology and Hearing Aids
What Is An Audiologist
An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses, treats, and manages individuals with hearing loss or balance problems. Audiologists have received a Master's or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program. Audiologists determine appropriate patient treatment of hearing and balance problems by combining a complete history with a variety of specialized auditory and vestibular assessments. Based upon the diagnosis, the audiologist presents a variety of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment or balance problems. Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids as part of a comprehensive habilitative program.
What do audiologists do?
Audiologists use specialized equipment to obtain accurate results about hearing loss. These tests are typically conducted in sound-treated rooms with calibrated equipment. The audiologists is trained to inspect the eardrum with an otoscope, perform limited ear wax removal, conduct diagnostic audiologic tests, and check for medically-related hearing problems.
Hearing Loss is Caused by Medical Problems about 10% of the Time
Audiologists are educated to recognize these medical problems and refer patients to ear, nose and throat physicians (known as otolaryngologists). Most persons with hearing impairment can benefit from the use of hearing aids, and audiologists are knowledgeable about the latest applications of hearing aid technology.
Hearing Services for Infants and Children
Good hearing is essential to the social and intellectual development of infants and young children. Audiologists test hearing and identify hearing loss in children of any age. This includes newborn and infant hearing screening and diagnostic hearing tests with young children. Audiologists provide hearing therapy and fit hearing aids on babies and young children with hearing loss.
Services for School Children
Audiologists provide a full range of hearing and rehabilitative hearing services in private and public schools for students in all grades. Such services are essential to the development of speech, language and learning skills in children with hearing problems.
Hearing Services and Counseling
Audiologists are vitally concerned that every person, regardless of age, benefit from good hearing. Audiologists provide individual counseling to help those with hearing loss function more effectively in social, educational and occupational environments. It is a fact of life that we lose hearing acuity, as we grow older, and that hearing problems are commonly associated with the elderly. Audiologists are committed to helping senior citizens to hear better.
Hearing Aids and Assistive Listening Devices
Audiologists provide complete hearing aid services to clients with hearing problems. Audiologists are also experts with assistive listening equipment and personal alerting devices. Audiologists provide education and training so that persons with hearing impairment can benefit from amplification and communication devices.
Audiologists dispense the majority of hearing aids in the United States
Audiologists use the most advanced computerized procedures to individualize the fitting of hearing aids. Hearing aid options are thoroughly discussed with each potential user based on the results of a complete hearing aid test battery and the individual needs of each patient. Follow-up care and hearing aid accessories are routinely available from dispensing audiologists.
Hearing Conservation Programs
Prolonged exposure to loud noise causes permanent hearing loss. Because audiologists are concerned with the prevention of hearing loss, they are often involved in implementing programs to protect the hearing of individuals who are exposed to noisy industrial and recreational situations.
Audiologists engage in a wide variety of research activities to develop new hearing assessment techniques and new rehabilitative technologies, particularly in the area of hearing aids. Research reports of audiologists can be found in the professional literature of medical and scientific journals. Audiologists write textbooks on hearing evaluation, hearing aids and the management of people with hearing loss. Audiologists help develop professional standards and are represented on the boards of national and government agencies.
What Is a Hearing Aid
A hearing aid is an electronic, battery-operated device that amplifies and changes sound to allow for improved communication. Hearing aids receive sound through a microphone, which then converts the sound waves to electrical signals. The amplifier increases the loudness of the signals and then sends the sound to the ear through a speaker.
Benefits of Wearing Hearing Aids
Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions in the world. Most hard-of-hearing people could benefit from modern hearing aids, as they can significantly improve the user's ability to understand speech in difficult listening situations. Unfortunately, many people hesitate to take the necessary action to overcome their disability, which could enable them to return to a full and active lifestyle.
With the use of a hearing aid you could experience fewer repetitions and interruptions during conversations with friends and family, dangerous situations in traffic could be avoided, and you could rediscover all those captivating sounds of nature: Waves crashing against the shore, birds twittering in the park, leaves rustling in the wind - even a fluffy cat purring!
Digital Hearing Aids
The most common complaint of the hard-of-hearing population is that they don't have good communication ability in noisy environments or in group conversations. It's particularly in those situations that digital technology is able to provide better benefits to people. We offer a wide range of digital hearing aids, from entry level digital to premium digital technology.
Hearing Aid Sizes
Behind The Ear (BTE)
Hearing aids are worn behind the ear and are connected to an earmold that fits inside the outer ear. The components are held in a case behind the ear.
In The Ear (ITE)
Hearing aids fit completely in the outer ear and are used for mild to severe hearing loss.
In The Canal (ITC)
Fits into the ear canal and are available in two sizes. The In-the-Canal (ITC) hearing aid is customized to fit the size and shape of the ear canal and is used for mild or moderately severe hearing loss.
Completely In the Canal (CIC)
Limited to a mild to moderate hearing loss. These hearing aids sit in the opening of the ear canal and extend deep into the ear canal.