Restore Your Hearing at Oconee Audiology
Dr. Skipper is proud to have improved the hearing and quality of life for thousands of Upstate residents. From the time you walk in the door, Dr. Skipper utilizes her specialized education, experience, and equipment to find your best hearing solution. Read on to learn what takes place during an initial, hour-long evaluation with Dr. Skipper.
Tests and Diagnosis
All of the following is completed within an hour-long appointment at Oconee Audiology:
Prior to testing, Dr. Skipper takes a complete patient history so that her diagnosis can take into account any special factors, such as medications, that may play a role in your hearing loss.
Hearing tests take place in a soundproof room with specialized equipment designed to give Dr. Skipper a complete map of your hearing abilities.
After testing, your results are analyzed and explained so that you understand which treatment is needed. If medicine or surgery is an option, Dr. Skipper will refer you to a physician. If hearing loss is temporary due to wax build-up, all wax is removed during the initial appointment.
Finally, if hearing loss is permanent and could only improve with use of hearing assistive technology, Dr. Skipper will personally counsel you in the many brands and styles of groundbreaking hearing technology available today.
Hearing Aids are Better Than Ever: Advancements in Hearing Assistive Technology
Dr. Skipper offers all models of the six major hearing aid brands on the market today. Due to great strides in hearing technology research and development, current hearing aids are able to dramatically improve your hearing and speech recognition in all environments–even spacious, crowded rooms. In addition, today’s hearing aids are nearly waterproof, allowing for a longer lifespan and use during strenuous activity.
A hearing aid can last 10 years or more; the average user keeps their hearing aid for seven years. Technological advancement doubles hearing aid effectiveness every two-and-a-half to three years, so a replacement hearing aid after seven years could potentially be eight times as intelligent as the old hearing aid!
Common Hearing Aid Styles
Dr. Skipper makes the best brand and style recommendations for you based on the level and type of hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your priorities. All relevant factors are taken into account in a personalized counseling session.
Digital technology in hearing aids accurately replicates sounds and volumes using miniscule computer chips that analyze and process sound waves. These aids are adept at imitating entire sound environments in a wide range of situations: in front of the TV with family, at a park, in a crowded room, and many more. Hearing aids are also customizable, with the ability to be programmed for specific hearing loss patterns.
T-Coil, or Telephone Switch – To hear even better in public facilities and on the telephone, users can switch from their normal microphone setting to T-Coil setting, which taps your hearing aid directly into the sound feed of “looped” facilities. Great for use in the Brooks Center and the Peace Center! Users absolutely love this feature.
Direct Audio Input – Connect directly to an electronic device (TV, computer, radio, etc.) with a wire or wireless connection.
Feedback Suppression – The “squeal” of older model hearing aids is a non-issue in most modern devices today.
Moisture Endurance – Hearing aid research and development has successfully weeded out many of the problems associated with hearing aids and moisture from the environment and the body. Now, hearing aids are nearly waterproof and do not need to be removed during strenuous activity.
Wireless Hearing Aids – New as of 2011, these hearing aids imitate natural ear function through “talking” to each other every 6 milliseconds and making decisions together to give you the clearest replication of the sounds around you. This is particularly valuable in complex, noisy settings, in which speech was formerly difficult for hearing aids single out. Users note the dramatic improvement in word clarity and speech recognition.
iPhone Remote Control Hearing Aid – Via a downloaded, iPhone application, your phone becomes a hearing aid remote control. This allows for easy hearing aid adjustment, including the ability to customize volume in each ear. Additionally, users have the option to “geotag” up to14 environments, which your phone then recognizes, remembers your settings, and automatically adjusts your hearing aids the moment you enter. Phone calls, if desired, can be streamed directly to your hearing aids.
You can know exactly what’s going on with your hearing: an initial evaluation with Dr. Skipper takes only an hour and includes a thorough hearing examination and a detailed explanation of test results. Schedule an appointment today!