Comprehensive hearing services for patients of all ages.
Hearing Health at Associated Hearing
Our expert staff provides hearing services designed to improve your quality of life. Whether you’re having trouble communicating due to hearing loss, struggling with the constant burden of ringing in your ears, or seeking dependable, expert advice about today’s hearing aids, we offer a level of experience and quality that you won’t find anywhere else. Our audiologists are trained in the latest diagnostics to help you with all of your hearing needs. We help patients of all ages, including children, experience better hearing.
At Associated Hearing, we stress the importance of acute and timely hearing tests. The hearing evaluation is the first step in treating hearing loss and is essential to create a custom plan for your hearing needs and lifestyle. The hearing test is broken into 4 steps:
Step One: The Interview
The interview process helps us determine the extent of your hearing loss and to determine in what areas you are struggling. We will discuss your family history, your health history, and what types of environments you spend the most time in. This allows us to not only get to know you but to also assess what your hearing has been exposed to, as well as if your hearing loss is purely genetic.
Step Two: The Examination
We will look inside your ears using an otoscope to check for any earwax build-up or ear infections. Excessive earwax can create a blockage, causing temporary hearing loss. We want to ensure your ears are clean and healthy before continuing the hearing test.
Step Three: The Hearing Test
The hearing test will determine the nature of your hearing loss and what degree you have. We will measure your hearing at four frequencies at 25 decibels each. We will also perform a speech assessment to measure how well you hear and understand conversation at different volumes. To finish the hearing test we will do a middle-ear evaluation to measure how your eardrum and hearing react to varying degrees of pressure.
Step Four: The Audiogram
Your results will be recorded on an audiogram, a visual representation of your hearing loss. The audiogram helps us track your hearing loss and show you what frequencies and pitches you have trouble hearing the most. We will explain your audiogram to you and help you understand your results. Unlike other audiology practices who might rush you through an appointment, we take our time testing your hearing and explaining your results to you so you can feel comfortable understanding hearing loss and your options.
Aural rehabilitation is the process of helping patients effectively adjust to and manage their hearing loss. Methods of rehabilitation are focused on helping overcome the challenges caused by hearing loss, therefore improving the quality of day-to-day life. Adult rehabilitation strategies differ from those used for children.
At Associated Hearing, we offer adult aural rehabilitation that encompasses these main points:
- Adjusting to and learning about your specific type of hearing loss
- Improving communication skills
- How to use, care, for, and make the most of your hearing aids
- Exploring accessories for your hearing aids
Communication is a key factor in aural rehabilitation. Hearing loss can have negative effects on your ability to communicate. That’s why at Associated Hearing we focus on ways to improve your communication skills through the following: retraining your brain, using visual cues, lip-reading, and spatial awareness. Along with practicing these communication skills, it’s important to consistently wear hearing aids. Hearing aids allow the brain to receive the proper information and stimulation it needs to remain active and healthy. Allowing you to continue hearing – and communicating – your best.
Aural Rehabilitation for Children
Children with hearing loss from a very young age face significant communication challenges and delays, and they require specific habilitative interventional techniques to catch up to their normal-hearing peers. Your child’s habilitation depends on the following factors:
- The severity of the impairment
- The child’s age at which the hearing loss occurred, was diagnosed, and was treated
- The type of hearing loss
Identifying hearing loss as early as possible in your child is essential, because their impairment affects their ability to learn speech and language. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, early detection and use of hearing aids has shown to have a dramatically positive effect on the language abilities of a child with hearing loss.
Pediatric Hearing Tests
Hearing is often a sense that is medically overlooked. Hearing is essential to social, emotional, and cognitive development. Early identification and treatment of hearing loss in children can lessen the negative impacts it will have on a child’s development, giving them the opportunity to live up to their full potential both socially and academically.
We perform diagnostic hearing tests on children to identify the signs of hearing loss and to help them manage their symptoms with hearing aids. We understand how important it is for your child to hear properly, that’s why our audiologists are educated in the most recent diagnostics and care for children of any age. Our audiologist, Dr. Johnson, is especially passionate about helping children through hearing assessments.
Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by ringing in one or both ears that can only be heard by the affected individual. Many who suffer from tinnitus describe the annoying sound as ringing in the ears, but a whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing sound is also possible. For some, these sounds come and go. But most are not that lucky, and will experience symptoms more persistently.
These phantom sounds may cause only a slight annoyance, or they may severely disrupt everyday life. The American Tinnitus Association estimates more than 50 million Americans suffer from at least occasional bouts of tinnitus. Although there isn’t a known cure for tinnitus, we can help reduce your symptoms and alleviate the ringing in your ears. There are a few options to help you experience relief including tinnitus retraining therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and hearing aids. At Associated Hearing, we carry hearing aids that have a masking feature which will play soothing sounds to mask your symptoms of tinnitus.
Many people don’t know that our balance and orientation comes from within the inner ear, from the same area our hearing nerve is located. Inside the cochlea within the inner ear is responsible for our sense of balance and orientation. Equilibrium disorders typically fall into two categories:
- Acute attacks of dizziness, vertigo, or a general loss of balance that may last a few seconds or a few hours
- A persistent sense of imbalance, unsteadiness, or what some people refer to as a loss of sure-footedness
At Associated Hearing, our audiologists are trained doctors of audiology, and are educated in the vestibular system. We are able to test your balance and determine the cause of your dizziness or vertigo and will help you feel steady again.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Even if you take care of your hearing aids and keep up with the regular maintenance, time can take its toll on technology. If you ever experience any issues with your hearing aids, then please bring them into us to repair. Our team are experts in hearing aid technology and can make the following repairs on your hearing aids in-office:
- Replacement of the battery
- Deep cleaning of your hearing aid
- Replacement of the wax filter
- Clear any obstructions from the battery compartment
Custom Hearing Protection
Hearing loss happens for many reasons, but one of the most popular is exposure to loud noise (noise-induced hearing loss). Repeated exposure to sound levels above 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. Exposure to loud music, either live or through headphones, can be dangerous as the sound can reach 100 to 115 decibels. This is why custom hearing protection is so important to keep your ears healthy.
At Associated Hearing, we offer hearing protection for musicians, hunters and shooters, motorcyclists, and for concert and sporting event enthusiasts. It’s important to protect your hearing whenever you are exposed to loud noise or sounds over 85 decibels. We will take impressions of your ears and make custom-molded earplugs that will provide you with comfort and exceptional protection.
Earwax (cerumen) can build-up inside the ear canal and create a blockage, causing temporary hearing loss. We can safely and effectively remove any excessive earwax from your ears so you can hear clearly again. Using an irrigator, we will remove earwax that is causing you discomfort, pain, or hearing loss. You should never use a cotton swab to remove earwax as they will push the wax further into the ear canal and can even cause further damage. Be sure to visit us at Associated Hearing to keep your ears clean and healthy.
Musician Monitors & Custom Earbuds
To perform your best, you need to hear your best. Musicians are routinely exposed to hearing damage both from amplifiers and the ear monitors that must be turned up to potentially harmful levels so they can be heard above the music. Inside-the-ear musician’s monitors replace traditional wedge-shaped monitors with precise, isolated sound delivered directly to you, so you can stay in tune and perform your best.
Our custom-molded in-ear monitors are fitted into medical-grade silicone ear molds that are comfortable for extended periods of wear and form a superior acoustic seal to give you just the sound you need. If you are a musician, come see us at Associated Hearing and discover how we can protect your ears during your performances.
Media and music are more accessible than ever, making earbuds and headphones essential. With the rise in technology, it’s no surprise that there’s a rise in hearing loss. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 13 percent of Americans over 12 years old have hearing loss in both ears.
We make custom earbuds that will protect your hearing when you listen to music or audio through headphones. With custom earbuds, you don’t have to worry about annoying background noise; their secure, custom fit allows you to hear what you want to and not what you don’t. Noise-cancelling headphones are also a good option. Call us today and talk to one of our professionals about custom earbuds and how they can help you enjoy all of your favorite music while protecting your hearing.
A captioned phone has a built-in screen to display what the person on the other line is saying in text. With a captioned phone you never miss a word! Spend more time focusing on the conversation rather than trying to interpret what’s being said. Most captioned phones are free and they are perfect for hearing aid users.
CaptionCall is a free assistive technology service that helps with landline phone conversations by clearly displaying the spoken words of the person you’re talking to – instantly. Not only does CaptionCall allow you to catch every word of your conversation, but it provides a clear advantage to those who prefer to use landlines while wearing hearing aids. If you’re interested in captioned phones and CaptionCall, contact us today to learn more.