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What is Audiology?
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The term audiology refers to the science of hearing. A much broader definition of audiology is the discipline involved in the prevention, identification, and evaluation of hearing disorders, the selection and evaluation of hearing aids, and the habilitation/rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairment.

Audiologists identify and measure hearing function and rehabilitate patients with hearing impairments. Services offered include hearing tests on both adults and children as well as Hearing Aid sales and service. All of the audiologists are licensed and experienced in the evaluation and fitting of Hearing Aids, custom hearing protection, and swim molds.




What is an Audiologist?

An audiologist is the professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss. Audiologists hold Master's or Doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. Audiologists are required to complete a full-time internship and pass a national competency examination. By virtue of their graduate education, professional certification and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients for medical treatment, and hearing rehabilitation services.

Audiologists have extensive training and skills to evaluate the hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages. Audiologists conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual's hearing problem. Audiologists present a variety of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment. Our Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids, assistive listening devices, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness and provide hearing rehabilitation training.

What makes audiologists different than other people who fit Hearing Aids? In the state of Ohio non-audiologists can fit hearing aids.  Because audiologists have master's degrees and receive continuing education, they are educated in the functions and anatomy of the ear, as well as remaining up to date on the latest technologies and advancements in hearing aids available.  There are many people who fit hearing aids, and they may have initials after their names, so you want to be sure you are seeing an audiologist for your hearing and hearing aid care.  Look for the initials MA, MS, or AuD to make sure you are working with an audiologist.

 

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are small electronic devices that amplify sound. Hearing adi technology is rapidly changing. Due to the improvements, hearing adis are smaller and technically better than older models. Many people who previously may not have been helped from hearing adis are finding that now they can benefit from a hearing aid. The most common styles are the ITE (In the Ear), ITC (In the Canal), CIC (Completely in the Canal), BTE (Behind the Ear), and the newest style OTE/RIC (Over the Ear/Receiver in the Canal). These hearing aids are comprised of four basic parts: a microphone, and amplifier, a receiver and battery. The microphone picks up the sound and converts it to an electrical signal. The amplifier makes the signal louder. The receiver transforms the electrical signal back to sound again and transmits it to your ear. The battery is the hearing aid's power source. Most hearing aids now are digital and there are devices available that allow you to use bluetooth technology to talk on the phone and listen to TV directly through your hearing aids.

While a hearing aid cannot restore hearing to normal, it can aid in making communication easier. We can advise you, in an ethical, professional manner, as to which hearing aid would be appropriate for your hearing loss and life-style. We will counsel you and your family in regards to reasonable expectations and adjustment period. We offer a 30-day trial period (at a minimal fee) with the new hearing aid purchase.

 

Hearing Loss

There are three types of hearing loss; conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. A conductive hearing loss is caused by a problem with the outer ear and middle ear. Some outer ear problems are caused by impacted cerumen (wax), external otitis (infection of the skin of the ear canal) and congenital deformities. A conductive hearing loss can usually be medically or surgically treated. Middle ear problems can be caused by ear infections or fluid behind the eardrum, immobility or disconnected middle ear bones.

Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the cochlea (organ of hearing) or the auditory nerve. Some causes are presbycusis (hearing loss associated with aging), noise exposure, drugs, high fevers, mumps, measles and Meniere's disease. A sensorineural hearing loss cannot usually be medically or surgically treated. Hearing Aids may prove beneficial for this hearing loss.

A mixed hearing loss is a combination of a conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. The conductive component can be treated, but the sensorineural component remains.

 

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices are tools that enhance a hearing impaired person's life. It could be a telephone amplifier, television amplifier, alarm clock with lights and/or vibrator, smoke detector with lights, etc. We can evaluate a person's needs and assist them in getting the right equipment.
 

Pediatric Testing

We are able to test patients of all ages, however, the Elyria office is specifically set up to assess birth to three year olds and special needs populations. Some of our younger patients may be referred to the Elyria office when more complete diagnostic information is needed.
 

Medical Insurance

Some insurance companies require that you have a referral from your primary care physician. Some insurance companies do not cover hearing tests and most insurance companies do not cover hearing aids. It is the patient's responsibility to know what is covered by their insurance. We are providers for hearing aids through Ford, GM, Chrysler and HearUSA, among others. If your insurance covers hearing aids, check to see if there is a specific provider you need to see. We will process your insurance claims. You are responsible for any remaining balance or services not covered. Payment plans are available.

We will process your insurance claims. You are responsible for any remaining balance or services not covered. We request that hearing aids are paid in full at the time of delivery. We recognize that there are circumstances which require special financial arrangements. A payment plan can be arranged in advance based on your individual situation.

 

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