We offer comprehensive hearing evaluations in-house. Hearing screenings are an important step in assessing the extent of your hearing issue.
First you are asked to give information about your health and lifestyle that will help us get a picture of possible causes of your hearing loss. Don’t worry if the questions seem a little strange – there are many causes of hearing loss out there! Here are some questions we may ask:
- What illness or injuries have you had in the past that may have affected your hearing?
- Are you currently taking any medications?
- Are you regularly exposed to loud noises in your work?
- What are your favorite hobbies?
Following the questions, we’ll then take a look at your ear and assess any obvious physical damage. After the physical examination, we move to series of tests to determine the quietest sounds you can hear, as well as assess whether you have trouble hearing in particular frequencies. Finally, if any hearing loss is present, we’ll work with you to come up with the best treatment designed specifically for your needs.
Auditory Brainstem Response Evaluations (ABR)
Auditory Processing testing
We are also a center for auditory processing testing. This is a special procedure to measure how well the brain processes auditory information. It is usually given to children who are showing symptoms of auditory processing disorder (APD), which is a learning that affects how we filter and interpret sounds. Early estimates indicate that about 7% of children have difficulties processing auditory information.
Our tests to measure auditory processing disorder may vary based on your child’s age, symptoms and cognitive abilities.
HEARING AID REPAIR
No matter how much care you spend looking after your hearing aid, there will come a time when you need to get it repaired.
- You might have tried everything in the manual to get it working and it still refuses to turn on. This suggest that it is time to take it to the shop.
- A problem with feedback or whistling suggests there is a fit issue with your device. Remember that even previously successful fittings can fail due to changes in the size and shape of the inner ear over time.
- You might have a cracked hearing aids case. Even though the hearing aid may still be working, the unit is no longer dust and sweat resistant, and pretty soon outside elements will work to damage the sensitive sound processor within.
How much do we charge to repair a hearing aid? That depends on three things:
- Whether the item is still covered by a warranty
- The extent of the damage to the unit.
- Whether the unit will need replacement parts.
If you purchased your devices from us and they still have a warranty, then you are unlikely to have to pay anything. If your aids are not under a warranty or were purchased elsewhere, there may be a charge. However, it’s a small price to pay for the benefits associated with managing your hearing loss.
ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES
We offer a range of assisted listening devices (ALDs). ALDs help give you extra listening support for situations when you need it the most. For those with hearing loss, this usually means amplifying sounds. Many ALDs can connect to your existing hearing aids to ensure a more seamless experience. Think of them as a useful supplement to hearing aids. some popular assistive listening devices we offer include FM systems, telecoil receivers and the CaptionCall telephone system.
CUSTOM HEARING PROTECTION
One of the most common ways people develop hearing loss is through exposure to loud sounds for an extended period of time. This is called noise-induced hearing loss. Persistent exposure to loud sounds above 85 decibels is likely to cause hearing loss. Particularly dangerous sounds are part of many people’s recreational activities, and include music from a rock concert, a leaf blower, noise from firearms and certain water sports.
Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent, so protecting your hearing when exposed to loud noise is an important precaution to take. Hearing protection can go a long way towards keeping your exposure at a safe level, while still preserving the enjoyment of your favorite pastimes. We offer protection for:
- Professional and amateur musicians; live music lovers
- People who use firearms recreationally
- People who ride motorcycles
- People exposed to loud noise of any kind on a regular basis
HEARING WELLNESS PROGRAM
We have exciting news to share with you. We have partnered with Dr. Dawn Heiman, an audiologist in Chicago to bring a hearing wellness program to our patients. While we try our best to spend time with our patients and their significant others teaching the use and care of hearing aids and proactive listening strategies, there is really never enough time. Research indicates that most of our patients only remember about 20% of the information we provide. It is now possible to go back and watch the videos and guides at your own pace, whenever you need a refresher. Additionally, a program provides listening exercises to help you retrain your brain to accept the new auditory information it is receiving with your hearing aids. Hearing aids provide access to the sounds in your environment but your brain needs training to make sense of the new information it receives. If you have online access, we encourage you to check out the program. Just click on the link below to check it out.
Start your journey to better hearing today!
Start your journey to better hearing today!