Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
- Hearing Aid Evaluation
- Hearing Aid Repairs
- Hearing Evaluations for Children
- Industrial Hearing Screenings
- In-Office Services
- Live Speech Mapping
- Musician's Ear Plugs and Monitors
- Newborn Hearing Screenings
- Otoacoustic Emissions
- Test and Audiometry
- Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Assistive Listening Devices
When hearing aids are not enough, an accessory may be the answer. Assistive listening devices can help a listener function better in day-to-day communication situations. ALDs can be used with or without hearing aids to make hearing easier, which can reduce the overall stress and fatigue of listening. ALDs can be used in the home to make alarms, television and telephone more audible. They can also be connected to personal hearing aids for better listening in noisy environments. We can provide remote microphones for better listening in noise and Bluetooth/wireless devices for hands-free connection to cell phones, computers, and music. We also have FM systems, Alarm Clocks, TV and Phone Amplifiers.
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing
An Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) is a hearing test that measures the brain’s response to sounds. ABRs are often used for infants or children and sometimes for adults who cannot give verbal or behavioral responses to sounds they hear. The ABR uses small stickers that are placed on the skin of the head and earphones that are placed in each ear. Infants and children should be asleep during the test. An audiologist interprets the responses that are measured and determines the patient's level of hearing in each ear. An ABR test can last between 30 minutes and 2 hours and is not painful.
Auditory Processing Evaluations
As well as providing hearing tests we also perform evaluations for auditory processing disorders (APD). APD evaluations are most commonly performed for school-age children, although many adults are also tested. A person with suspected APD has normal hearing, but does not seem to hear well or understand what is heard. Hearing and understanding may be inconsistent. Testing for APD consists of a hearing test and several tasks where words or sentences must be repeated in different listening conditions.
We keep a supply of Ray-o-Vac long life batteries for you to purchase in our office, at reasonable prices, cheaper than available at most retail stores. Stop in routinely for fresh batteries. Make sure to check the batteries in your hearing devices often and make sure there is no dirt, wax or debris interfering with the battery's performance. We offer a line of rechargeable batteries and charging stations for certain hearing aids.
- Size 10 (yellow)
- Size 312 (brown)
- Size 13 (orange)
- Size 675 (blue)
Cell Phone Accessories
We make custom earmolds for cell phone headsets, Bluetooth compatible devices and more. We also offer a line of accessories that can wirelessly couple your cell phone to compatible hearing aids.
Cerumen, or ear wax, can be removed from the ear canal so that it does not interfere with listening or comfort, especially for individuals who wear hearing aids.
Counseling on the use and care of your hearing aids
Our professional staff is available to help you with problems you may be having with your hearing aids. We can spend time with you discussing ways to make listening with hearing aids easier in your day-to-day life. Family members are welcome and encouraged to come with you and learn about your hearing aids and their benefits.
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations, also known as Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
Evaluation is performed by our licensed and board certified audiologists. During your examination you will be asked to listen for and respond to a series of low & high frequency sounds and words. This helps us determine your ability to hear environmental sounds and your ability to understand speech. The results will help us determine how we can help you hear in a variety of environments. Complete evaluations are subject are subject to professional fees. Insurance often covers these services.
Ear Molds and Ear Plugs
Many hearing aids and assistive listening devices work best when custom-fit. When appropriate, impressions of your ears will be made so that your hearing aids will fit comfortably and precisely in your ear. Custom-made earpieces often provide the best sound. We also offer custom-made earpieces for sleep, swimming, sporting events (shooting, racing, etc.) and music. We can provide custom impressions that may be needed for you to order listening products online.
Once your hearing aids have been fitted to your complete satisfaction, we will provide you with detailed information on how they should be maintained. Of course, you can have your hearing aids checked by us at any time. This will ensure that the sound quality remains as good as ever, and will extend the life of your aids.
Getting Hearing Aids
Once you have told us your history and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements:
Which ear has a problem hearing?Which aid best suits your hearing loss or your personal situation? A Completely-in-the Ear, In-the-Canal, In-the-Ear (ITE), or behind-the-ear aid (BTE) aid?Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically to any hearing situation or both?
Hearing Aid Fitting
To determine the optimum settings for your hearing aids, we use your personal hearing test results and program your hearing aids using a computer. We then verify your hearing aid fitting using real-ear, probe microphone measurement. During this measurement a tiny microphone is placed in the ear canal to measure the actual performance of the hearing aid while it is in place in your ear. This is completely painless.
Once we teach you how to operate them and instruct you on the energy supply (batteries), you should wear your new hearing aids for a few days in your regular surroundings.
Based upon what you tell us about how well you can hear in your everyday surroundings, we will make any necessary final adjustments to your hearing aids. We can provide special testing that may be required by your government agency, employer or school to demonstrate how well you function with your hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Evaluation, Recommendation and Selection
During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with the audiologist who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, technologies, and benefits to wearing hearing aids. You may be shown different styles or have the opportunity to try different hearing aids in the office. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing aid chosen. At the hearing aid fitting, you will receive the hearing aids you selected based on your lifestyle, activities and listening needs. They are programmed based on a prescription that is specific to each person’s hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your hearing professional can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.
Hearing Evaluations for Children
A hearing test for a child is often not as simple as a hearing test for an adult. For this reason, audiologists are trained in specific techniques to evaluate the hearing of a child. Toys, games, and lights are used in the testing room to help obtain responses from a child to soft tones, noises, or words. The child may wear headphones or listen to the sounds in a room with speakers.
Industrial hearing screenings
Workers in certain occupations are required to receive regular hearing tests due to the risk of hearing loss that can be caused by excessive noise in their workplace. These hearing screenings can be completed in less than 10 minutes, and comply with the standards set by OSHA and/or NIOSH.
In-Office Repairs and Services
We encourage ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aid(s). We encourage all our patients to come in for regular hearing aid check-ups and cleaning.
We offer in-office repairs, when possible, on most makes/models.
Live Speech Mapping
Live Speech Mapping is a fitting process that uses probe microphones and live real-time speech to allow the patient and their family members to immediately see and understand the benefits of hearing aids and fitting adjustments. More importantly, it allows the audiologist to see detailed information about how the hearing aid processes speech – the most important goal of amplification.
Musician's Ear Plugs
Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings. They are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods, which may put them at risk for permanent hearing damage. Musician’s ear plugs are custom-made devices that help to limit the sound exposure from instruments, while still providing a rich musical experience for the performer or audience.
Newborn Hearing Screenings
The majority of infants born in hospitals are screened for hearing loss before going home. This type of hearing test uses small earphones and, in some cases, stickers that attach to the baby’s skin. A variety of sounds may be played in each ear and a computer measures either the ear's or the brain’s response to the sound. The baby sleeps during this short, painless test. Babies who did not receive a hearing screening at birth should be screened within the first month of life. Children who do not pass this screening will receive a more extensive evaluation to determine if any hearing loss exists.
Otoacoustic Emissions | OAEs
Otoacoustic emissions testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working. These results can be used to determine a person's hearing ability.
We participate in the Texas Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program to provide help for people who have difficulty hearing on the telephone. If you have a hearing loss, you may qualify for a FREE amplified telephone or other telecommunications device.
Test & Audiometry
In order to determine what you can and cannot hear or to adjust your hearing aid to your individual requirements, we first determine your personal hearing profile, or "audiogram." This is done by testing your ability to hear a variety of speech and environmental sounds.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is described as a ringing or other noise in the ear, and can vary in severity. A tinnitus evaluation can help you identify how much tinnitus interferes with your daily life and if there are treatment options that can benefit you.
Tympanometry is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear. It measures the mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the small chain of ear bones. Tympanometry can help determine the presence of fluid in the middle ear and the presence of ear disease.