And hearing loss affects everyone—the young and old, students, musicians, and athletes—anyone who is exposed to loud noise because of their work setting or their recreational activities. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss every year. Of those 48 million, 60 percent are either in the workplace or in an educational setting. The age group with the highest percentage of hearing loss is found among seniors, age 60-69.
Studies show that hearing loss can negatively impact a person’s mental, physical, and economic health.
This is why seeing an audiologist regularly is so important. Most medical providers—including audiologists—recommend a screening for hearing loss every three years, beginning at age 50.
If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, call our office at 740.393.9088 to make an appointment.
Audiology is the science that studies hearing, balance, and related disorders. An Audiologist is a health professional who diagnoses, treats, and manages hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Our Audiologists are experienced healthcare professionals that are licensed by the state of Ohio and members of national associations.
The following are some of the symptoms of hearing loss that can be evaluated by an Audiologist:
- Poor speech understanding
- Perceiving people are mumbling
- Difficulty communicating on the phone
- Difficulty understanding women and children
- Hearing ringing or roaring in the ears
- Turning the television volume up.
Hearing Aid Evaluations
When hearing impairment cannot be treated medically, improvement can sometimes be achieved through amplification.
Following an evaluation, a hearing aid best suited to your needs is recommended for a trial period.
Hearing Aid Fittings / Dispensing
Hearing aids can enhance the quality of life and help individuals adapt to their hearing loss when medical intervention is not an option. A hearing aid amplifies sounds, but does not restore normal hearing. Hearing aids differ in look, size, placement in the ear and how much they can amplify sounds. The audiologist will consult with you on the best type to fit your hearing loss and your budget.
Custom Earmolds / Hearing Protection
These are available to be coupled with hearing aids. Musician ear plugs, custom swim molds, and noise protection are also offered.
Assistive Listening Devices
Often these relatively inexpensive devices can improve the quality of life for people. These include TV, personal and phone amplifiers. Hearing aid repairs, batteries and accessories are also available.
- Our comprehensive diagnostic evaluations include:
- Otoacoustic Emission Detection
- Pure Tone Testing
- Speech Recognition Testing
Based on the findings of the evaluation, different management strategies may be recommended including but not limited to aural rehabilitation counseling and strategies, further testing or referrals, and amplification options.
Hearing aids and assistive listening devices can be chosen based on an individual's needs. We offer comprehensive hearing aid services including fittings, programming, battery sales and services, and repairs.
Our Audiologist also works along with the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) department to perform balance testing. With the order from an ENT or other physician, a diagnostic balance test can be performed.
Our audiologists offer comprehensive diagnostic hearing and balance testing for all ages with state-of-the-art equipment.
If you have concerns about any of the following, we may be able to help you.
- Hearing loss
- Balance problems
- Auditory processing
- Assistive listening devices
- Hearing aid dispensing
Comprehensive Audiology Services
- Audiological Assessment
- Complete hearing evaluations are available from birth to adults providing information about the degree and type of hearing loss and its effects on speech understanding. These tests also help physicians decide if better hearing might be possible through medical or surgical treatments.
- Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings
- Using special equipment the hearing of infants can be evaluated from the day they are born.
- Central Auditory Processing Testing
- Central Auditory Processing Testing evaluates the brain’s ability to process speech information. Results can provide recommendations to assist parents and school systems in developing and implementing appropriate learning strategies.