Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

More than 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Like fingerprints, hearing loss is unique to every person. There are three major types of hearing loss, but every individual’s experience is affected by different factors, such as age and exposure to noise.
The three types of hearing loss are conductive, sensorineural and mixed. Conductive hearing loss is due to problems with the ear canal, eardrum or middle ear that prevent sound from passing through the ear. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by problems with the inner ear, which senses sound waves and sends them to the brain for processing. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural. Our clinicians will determine what type of hearing loss you are experiencing and develop an effective and specialized treatment plan for your unique hearing needs.

Symptoms of hearing loss can go unnoticed if you don’t know what to look for. The most common symptom is difficulty hearing in noisy settings such as at a restaurant or party. Other signs include frequently asking people to repeat themselves, turning up the TV or radio volume louder than others need it and withdrawing from conversations. In children, symptoms of hearing loss may include not responding to noises, speaking unclearly and not following simple commands.

If you experience sudden deafness due to a loud noise or any other reason, you should seek immediate medical attention, as this is an otologic emergency. Please contact us to schedule an appointment if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of hearing loss.

Hearing Test

The process of hearing requires interaction between the ears and the brain. Hearing tests determine whether or not the two are working together, and if not, what exactly needs to be fixed. Sound waves travel through the ear canal and into the eardrum. These waves move at a certain speed (frequency) and have a certain…

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BAHA Mapping

A bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is a surgically implanted hearing aid that works by transmitting soundwaves directly through the skull rather than through air waves passing through the ears. People with normal hearing can hear sounds coming through both air waves and through bone. Those with outer or middle ear damages, however, are often unable…

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Tinnitus

Tinnitus is described as an irritating buzzing, humming or ringing in the ears. What many don’t realize is that it is usually a symptom of a greater problem rather than a disease itself. The first step in treating tinnitus is to diagnose the underlying issue. Some common causes of tinnitus include impacted wax in the…

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Custom Earmolds

Earmolds and fittings are an essential service for the health of the ear. Although we primarily provide custom molds to fit hearing aids, we also do fittings for sound plugs, earpieces, earbuds and swimmer’s plugs. Hearing aids come in shapes and sizes as unique as people’s ears. We offer a variety of earmold styles including…

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Balance Disorders

A balance disorder is any condition that makes you feel dizzy or unsteady, even without actual movement. This is of special concern to older adults, putting them at greater risk of falling, which can lead to serious injury such as a hip fracture. Studies show between 12 and 67 percent of elderly individuals who fracture…

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Pediatric Services

Pediatric audiology is the study and treatment of hearing loss in infants, toddlers and children. Our experts evaluate and treat children of all developmental stages. Our goal is to detect and treat hearing loss in children as early as possible. Since our audiologists work closely with our ENTs, we can care for your child’s whole…

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Speech Evaluations

Speech disorders occur when a patient (typically a child) has trouble producing certain sounds. They can be broken down into different categories depending on the nature of the problem. Speech disorders include: Articulation disorders. The patient has trouble with certain syllables, or pronounces words incorrectly to such an extent that it is extremely difficult to…

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