Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Audiologist?
An audiologist is a licensed hearing professional, usually a PhD abbreviated as AuD., who is trained to treat and diagnose hearing disorders. They specialize in the management of hearing loss and related symptoms; our audiologists specialize in rehabilitation.
Why should I have my hearing tested?
Hearing can change everyday living, affecting our connection to others around us and environment. If you see yourself often asking others to repeat themselves, tell them to speak up, or have your volumes louder than others around you, please visit our audiologists for a complete hearing evaluation.
What are some typical causes for hearing loss?
- Age related hearing loss and hereditary predisposition
- Repeated noise exposure from military service or loud working environments (industrial, factory, and construction)
- Concerts without earplug usage
- Trauma to your head or ears
- Ear wax blockage
- Ototoxic medicines like certain antibiotics or chemotherapy drugs
What area some possible consequences of untreated hearing loss?
Conversations, complying with instructions, and enjoyment of social events become major issues for ones with hearing loss, often resulting in withdrawal, worsening social isolation, depression and further cognitive loss.
What insurance do you accept?
We accept Medicaid, PETI, and most major hearing plans. Additionally we accept Care Credit, credit cards, and personal payment plans.
How do you test and treat someone who has dementia or Alzheimer’s?
We provide comprehensive testing that allows us to provide treatment for those difficult-to-test residents and for those who were previously considered not to be a candidate for treatment despite evident hearing problems. Using proprietary techniques involving electrophysiological testing and other objective measures, we can treat those residents that were previously considered untreatable. One of the tests that we use is Auditory Steady-State Response (ASSR), which is a specialized test that allows the audiologist to create statistically valid audiograms for those unable or unwilling to participate in traditional behavioral tests. In ASSR testing, we are able to measure responses from the auditory cortex elicited by different sounds via electrodes and use that data to begin correction of hearing loss.
I have ringing in my ears. What is that?
The medical term for this phenomenon is tinnitus. In addition to ringing in the ears, tinnitus can also manifest as a buzzing, humming, roaring, or even as a cricket-like sound. There are many possible causes of tinnitus including: noise exposure, hearing loss, medications, head injuries, and some medical conditions (i.e. Meniere’s disease). Because of the possible medical causes of tinnitus, it is important to be evaluated by an audiologist and physician to rule out any serious underlying medical conditions. Tinnitus affects an estimated 50 million adults across the country and can be quite bothersome to some, even affecting their sleep habits and their day-to-day lives. No miracle cure for tinnitus currently exists but there are treatment options to discuss with your audiologist.