TYMPANOMETRY AND ACOUSTIC REFLEX TESTING
Tympanometry is conducted to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane). Tympanometry is used to determine the health of the middle ear system.
Also, in the middle ear system, we are able to measure acoustic reflexes. Two small muscles—the tensor tympani and the stapedius muscle—contract in response to loud sounds. This response is then measured. The presence or absence of the response can be used to help us determine the nature of hearing loss.
COMPREHENSIVE AUDIOLOGICAL EVALUATION
Hear What You've Been Missing
A comprehensive evaluation of your hearing needs will include otoscopy, air and bone conduction testing as well as speech detection (the softest words you can repeat) and speech reception (the percentage of speech you can understand at an adequate listening level) testing. Hearing tests are an important part of the process of auditory rehabilitation.
CUSTOM HEARING PROTECTION
An Ounce of Prevention
Noise induced hearing loss is the only type of hearing impairment that is preventable. Any time one is participating in loud activities, such as hunting, target shooting, mowing grass, blowing leaves, or working in a factory, hearing protection devices are recommended. Custom hearing protection is made to fit your ear only and takes the discomfort and improper fit out of the foam plugs. Please contact me today to schedule an appointment to create a personalized hearing protection system for you.
For the times you just don't feel like getting out, we do offer home visits for hearing aid services. We can clean and repair your hearing aids in the convenience and comfort of your own home. A small fee is in addition to any services provided and payment is due when services are rendered. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover the cost for an audiological home visit.
HEARING AID EVALUATIONS
Communication and Lifestyle Assessment
Treatment for hearing impairment is not a one-size-fits-all type situation. Everyone has individual needs and concerns. That is why a thorough evaluation of your particular needs is so important. Hearing healthcare must be individualized for best results.
INDUSTRIAL HEARING TESTING
Monitor Your Hearing
Threshold shift evaluations completed to OSHA specifications. If you have been notified by your employer that you have had a possible threshold shift, we can re-evaluate your hearing thresholds.
Quiet the Sound in Your Head
Sometimes a hearing loss can be accompanied by other symptoms, such as ringing, buzzing, chirping or other sounds. Sometimes, you hear these sounds without a hearing loss. Tinnitus can be very disturbing for some people. While there is no definitive cure, there are evidence based treatments that can be effective at quieting the sounds in your head. The first step is to have a thorough evaluation completed, including measuring the tinnitus and determining how bothersome it is. Treatment options can then be discussed.
REAL EAR VERIFICATION
Ensure An Accurate Fit
Real Ear Verification is the process through which hearing aids are programmed specifically for a single patient. Audiometric, ear canal acoustics, placement of hearing aid and head shadow effects are all taken into account. This allows for a precise fitting of the hearing aid, ensuring appropriate amplification is being applied and adequate sound is available to the patient.
Dizziness or Imbalance
We can screen for BPPV (benign positional paroxsymal vertigo) or positional vertigo. This is what you can experience when you get the sensation of dizziness when you roll over in bed. Even though most insurance doesn't cover treatment, we can still treat for this type of vertigo.