At University Otolaryngology our highly skilled audiologists provide a variety of services including comprehensive hearing evaluations for pediatric (6 months +) and adult populations. During these evaluations our audiologists will use age appropriate techniques to assess the patient’s ability to hear a variety of sounds, including speech and tones, presented through earphones or speakers. The audiologist will also check the ear canals and perform tests to evaluate the eardrum and middle ear. This testing is comfortable and safe. Total test time ranges from 15 to 30 minutes.
Sometimes the otolaryngologist will determine that additional testing is required for your hearing or balance problem. Our audiologists are experts in advanced diagnostic assessments including otoacoustic emissions (OAE), auditory brainstem response (ABR), electrocochleography (ECoG), videonystagmography and electronystagmography (VNG and ENG), and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP).
Most patients seeking care for a hearing problem will schedule a visit with one of our physicians in conjunction with their audiology appointment. If you wish to schedule an appointment for an audiological evaluation without seeing one of our physicians, we can arrange that provided you get a referral from your primary care physician.
Common Symptoms of Hearing Loss
- Complain that people mumble or do not speak clearly.
- Frequently ask people to repeat what they’ve said.
- Friends or family members tell you that they suspect you have hearing loss.
- Looking at people when they talk to you makes it easier to understand what they’re saying, especially when there is background noise.
- Find yourself only catching parts of words or conversations.
- Other people tell you your TV or radio volume is too loud.
- You cannot hear birds chirping.
What are signs of hearing loss in children?
These do not always signify the presence of hearing loss, but if your child displays one or more of the following a hearing evaluation is recommended.
• Inconsistent responses to sound.
• Delayed speech or language development.
• Child’s speech is unclear or difficult to understand.
• TV is turned up too loud.
• Difficulty understanding or following directions.
• Says “What?” often or frequently asks for repetition.
Do I need hearing aids?
After your hearing test, the audiologist will tell you if you have a hearing loss and whether or not you are a candidate for hearing aids. Most hearing losses can be helped with hearing aids but some types of loss require medical intervention or treatment. At University Otolaryngology, the team of physicians and audiologists will work together to provide the best hearing solution for you.
Do I need two hearing aids?
Your brain is designed to hear best when it gets information from both ears. For this reason, wearing two hearing instruments, or binaural amplification, when you have hearing loss in both ears is usually recommended by hearing health care professionals.
Hearing with two ears:
• helps your brain hear things a little bit louder.
• allows you to locate sounds more easily.
• helps you hear better in background noise.
• provides a more natural listening experience.
• gives your brain redundant information (i.e. you hear the same thing from both ears) to increase your chances of understanding speech.
Do you make custom earplugs?
Yes. We can make custom molds for noise and water protection. Custom molds for stethoscopes, ear buds and Bluetooth earpieces are also available.