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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.
There are over 50 million people in the United States that suffer from some form/degree of tinnitus. While there is no known cure, there are ways to manage tinnitus and provide some relief to those who suffer with it. We offer a comprehensive evaluation for tinnitus. During this 2-hour appointment, we perform a complete hearing test, inner and middle ear testing, tinnitus testing, a complete case history, education and counseling. Together, we work with patients to determine the best course of action. Management can include hearing devices, sound therapies, online tinnitus retraining programs, habituation training programs or just education. We 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 consultation. Each individual plan of coverage is different so it is best if you contact your insurance company to find out what/if they cover.
We perform Real Ear Measures on all of our hearing aid fittings to ensure appropriate outcomes for your hearing needs. Every hearing aid fitting is as unique as the person wearing the devices, so we make sure we provide you with optimal results.
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 allows 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
- 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 $180.00 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.
Research has shown a link between low frequency sensory hearing loss and arterial disease. This type of hearing loss could possibly indicate the presence of or the potential risk for development of cardiovascular disease. This possibility is most likely due to the extreme sensitivity of the auditory system to changes in blood flow or an inadequate blood supply.
Oconee Audiology is pleased to include the 5Keys Aural Rehabilitation program with all new hearing aid purchases*. As a patient of our clinic, your hearing health is our primary concern. Effective communicatoin skills are crucial to improving your quality of life. This fantastic program is designed to help you overcome the frustrations associated with hearing issues. It is an aural rehabilitation program designed for people with hearing issues and their communication partners. It teaches comprehensive communication strategies using methods that are easy to understand and incorporate into your daily life. The program can also be purchased for $75.00.
Assistive Listening Technology
When considering a treatment plan for hearing issues, there are many things that need to be considered. Any one treatment is a “pie piece”, it is not the “entire pie.” No one item or device can take care of all hearing issues or solve all hearing problems. The more “pie pieces” that are in place, the better the performance and the outcomes will be. Therefore, Oconee Audiology offers a wide array of assistive devices to enhance the listening experience. Such devices can include Remote Microphones, TV Streamers, ROGER FM listening system, Smartphone APPS, etc. Meet with one of our knowledgeable staff to discuss options and to find out if there is an assistive device that might be able to further improve your listening experience and your quality of life.
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.”