Hearing & Balance
People of any age can be screened for hearing loss. Newborn infants are now routinely screened before leaving the hospital. Most preschoolers and school-age children are screened periodically at their schools or in their doctors’ offices. Adults can receive screenings from their doctor or at health fairs.
Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be categorized by which part of the auditory system is damaged. There are three basic types of hearing loss: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss and mixed hearing loss.
- Conductive Hearing Loss
- Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Anytime you have a concern about your hearing or your child’s hearing, you should ask your doctor about getting a hearing screening. Anyone failing a hearing screening should be referred to a certified audiologist for a more comprehensive audiologic (hearing) evaluation.
All of the hearing aids that we work with are state of the art digital, programmable aids. This allows the Audiologist to customize the sound quality of the aids to the users listening preferences. Hearing aids also run fully automatically. When the user enters a noisy environment, the aid will automatically adapt and adjust to the user’s environment.
We offer a wide variety of ear plugs to protect your ears from whatever you may encounter in your day. Talk to our Doctors of Audiology to determine which would be best for your lifestyle needs.
VNG is a test to evaluate the possible etiology of a person’s dizziness. Through testing, we are able to determine potential causes of your symptoms and plan a course of treatment.
Electrocochleography (ECOG) is a diagnostic test that examines the function of the inner ear. This test measures the electrical potentials generated in the inner ear in response to sound.
Auditory Brainstem Response
An auditory brainstem response (ABR) test measures auditory nerve reactions in response to sounds. ABR is not a hearing test itself, but it can be used to detect hearing loss in infants and young children. ABR is considered one of the premier screening tests for infants and young children.
Here are some helpful links to available resources.