Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Our ability to hear is something we often don’t realize is beginning to decline until it has progressed much further than we initially thought. For most people who experience it, hearing loss occurs gradually due to the aging process, making it difficult to identify yourself.
If you suspect you or a loved one is developing hearing loss or another auditory-related condition like tinnitus, talk with one of the hearing care professionals at HEARINC to learn more about your testing and treatment options, including:
Earwax usually disperses through the course of daily life and normal washing, but it can be stubborn. A buildup of earwax, also known as cerumen, can be annoying and cause loss of hearing. It is recommended that you visit a hearing professional to remove earwax. Never put sharp instruments in your ears; even cotton swabs can cause more harm than good.
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
The process begins with a hearing test that shows graphically how acute your hearing is for a wide variety of sounds and volumes. Many people complain that they cannot understand normal speech like they used to, so these sounds include a set of words at low volume. The test will show the type and severity of hearing loss, rated from mild to profound.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
Depending on the results of your hearing test, we might recommend a hearing aid. This is only done after carefully examining your hearing ability and discussing all the options with you. Selecting the right hearing aid involves the consideration of many factors, including your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget requirements.
Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
We offer an extensive selection of hearing aids from the best manufacturers. Once a style and device are chosen, we will custom fit it to your ear. This may involve taking impressions to ensure we get the most tailored fit possible.
The hearing aid fitting is a process of trial and testing to find the best fit, comfortable hearing levels and easy use of features included in today’s hearing aids. The testing includes determining the ideal volume level, so soft sounds are amplified, but louder sounds are not startling.
Hearing Aid Repair and Maintenance
Every small electronic device has tiny wires and plastic parts that could break. Hearing aids are no different. Accidents and wear can take their toll.
If your device stops working, there are several steps to troubleshoot the reason. However, it is possible something has broken or detached. HEARINC personnel can test your hearing aid and find the problem. We can often repair it in the office, but we also send the devices to the manufacturer of extensive damage was sustained.
Industrial Hearing Screenings
Occupational health has changed drastically over the last several decades. Hearing screening is mandatory in many industries, and many more voluntarily offer employee screening. Hearing can be preserved in loud environments when using effective protection from the start of employment.
Companies contract with hearing professionals like HEARINC to conduct periodic hearing evaluations and recommend hearing protection. We schedule hearing screenings regularly.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is the sound of ringing, whooshing or buzzing in the ears when no actual sound is present. It is a condition in which deteriorating or damaged parts of the ear send a signal to the brain, which receives it as a sound signal. The sufferer “hears” noise that is not there, most often continuously. The main culprit of this condition is thought to be the tiny sensory hairs located in the inner ear.
The degree of noise can vary based on the person, as can the specific sound heard. Treatments include:
- Masking features: Masking a sound means adding other sounds to the environment, like music, television or noise machines. Some hearing aids include a tinnitus masking feature.
- Tinnitus retraining therapy: The effects of some sound can be reduced using training techniques that teach the brain to accept tinnitus as background noise.
- Sound machines: These devices are designed to work similar to the masking feature of a hearing aid, but can be used at night time when tinnitus sounds become loud, and hearing aids are not worn.