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Living with a hearing loss means going through life with a wall between you and your loved ones. Untreated hearing loss can be difficult for you and everyone around you. But getting the help you need doesn’t have to be difficult.
A hearing test provides an evaluation of the sensitivity of a person’s sense of hearing. An evaluation of your hearing may include listening to pure tone beeping sounds and or a series of words.
Tinnitus is not something that you have to “live with” or “just get used to.” While there is no known cure, there are ways to manage tinnitus and provide some relief to those who suffer with it.
Tinnitus is not something that you have to “live with” or “just get used to.” While there is no known cure, there are ways to manage tinnitus and provide some relief to those who suffer with it. Dr. Greb offers a comprehensive evaluation for tinnitus. During this 2-hour appointment, she performs a complete hearing test, inner and middle ear testing, tinnitus testing, a complete case history, education and counseling. Together, she works with patients to determine the best course of action. Management can include hearing devices, sound therapies or just educatoin. She will listen to you and learn about you and determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual and unique needs. Insurance companies will sometimes pick up some of the cost for a tinnitus evaluation. Each individual plan of coverage is different so it is best if you contact your insurance company to find out what/if they cover.
If you are a current hearing aid user and wonder if your current devices are working optimally for your hearing needs, then this service is for you! Dr. Greb performs a complete evaluation of your current hearing aids (depending on make/model/age of the devices) to make sure they are appropriate for your hearing needs. This requires a recent hearing test. (If you have one that is less than 6 months old, you need to bring it with you to your evalution. If not, she she will need to do a hearing test which will incur additional fees). This 90-minute evaluation includes the following:
- Video-Otoscopic Examination: a visual look at your ear canals and eardrum
- Hearing aid check/cleaning (to make sure your hearing aids are functioning properly)
- Comprehensive Speech-in-Noise Testing (to find out how well your brain can process speech in the presence of background noise)
- Tolerance testing
- Real Ear Measures (REM* to read more about REM, please see the “Scientific Verification” section below)
- The cost for this evaluation is $150.00 which is not covered by insurance.
*REM is a scientific and objective evidence based way to fit hearing aids. It measures the response of the hearing aids inside of the ear canal to make sure that the appropriate prescriptive targets are reached. This provides optimum benefit from the hearing aids. The American Academy of Audiology recommends the use of REM as best practice measures and appropriate patient care.
Hearing aids are electronic devices that live in less than ideal environments all day, every day: our ear canals are hot and moist and have ear wax and dry skin. As a result, sometimes hearing aids will malfunction and need to be repaired. If you are having a problem with your hearing aid, Dr. Greb will clean/check your devices for you. Sometimes the device can be fixed in the office, and other times, it might need to be sent out for repair. In warranty hearing aids can be repaired at no cost. Out of warranty hearing aids will incur a fee, depending on the age/make/model of the device. Call the office for further information and pricing details.
Real Ear Measurement is the measurement of sound pressure level in a patient’s ear canal developed when a hearing aid is worn. It is measured with the use of a small probe tube inserted into the canal connected to a microphone outside the ear and is done to verify that the hearing aid is providing suitable amplification for a patient’s hearing loss.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) recommend real ear measures as the preferred method of verifying the performance of hearing aids. Used by Audiologists in the process of hearing aid fitting,real ear measures are the most reliable and efficient method for assessing the benefit provided by the amplification. Measurement of the sound level in the ear canal allos the clinician to make informed judgments on audibility of sound in the ear and the effectiveness of the hearing aid treatment.
Definition taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Assistive Listening Devices
The terms assistive listening device or assistive listening technology can refer to any device that helps a person with hearing
Many times, the wax build-up in the ear canal can have a direct impact on hearing aid performance. If the ear canal is completely blocked with ear wax, it can cause a sudden “whistling” sound in the hearing aid that is audible to other people, or it can clog up a hearing aid and cause it to malfunction. While insurance does not cover the cost of wax removal when performed by an audiologist, Dr. Greb does offer this service to her patients. It is an out-of-pocket expense that cannot be submitted to insurance. She does gentle removal with the use of a curette, as well as irrigation if needed.
Custom Ear Plugs/Noise Protection
Noise induced hearing loss is preventable. Exposure to loud noise can be very detrimental to the health of our ears. The tiny delicate hair cells of the inner ear can be easily damaged or destroyed with prolonged noise exposure, or a sudden loud burst of noise. This can lead to hearing loss and annoying tinnitus. Additionally, some people are more susceptible to ear infections and need to prevent a large amount of moisture from entering the ear canals. That’s why it is SO important to protect our ears. We offer a variety of custom products for hunters, musicians, swimmers, or anyone who works around a lot of noise. A custom fit provides increased comfort and improved protection. Call to schedule an appointment!
“I just purchased my second set of hearing aids and I couldn’t be happier. the choice of modes makes wearing them a pleasure. I can now ask my wife to turn down the TV.”
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10239 Clemson Blvd. #170 Seneca, SC 29678, USA
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