Our expert staff at Aurora Audiology & Speech Associates provides services that include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated hearing test evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing aids may be utilized to help compensate for hearing loss. Hearing care services are offered at our office location in East Aurora, NY. We also service patients in Elma, Orchard Park, Arcade, Marilla, Buffalo, Springville and West Seneca, New York.
If you suspect that you or a loved one might have a hearing loss, you should make an appointment with one of our audiologists for a comprehensive hearing evaluation.
Testing is painless, comfortable and safe. You will be asked to answer some questions about your hearing health and the areas in which you are having the most difficulty. The evaluation will consist of assessments of your eardrum movement, your ability to hear tones at different frequencies, and your ability to understand words at different volume levels.
The evaluation is completed in a sound booth using earphones and a bone conduction oscillator. One of our audiologists will use the test results to determine the type and severity of hearing loss. These tests will also help determine whether a hearing loss is best treated medically or with hearing aids.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment
For patients suffering with tinnitus (“ringing in the ears”) we offer several diagnostic tests and self-assessment surveys to determine the cause of the tinnitus and its psychological impact. Tests are performed to determine if the cause of the tinnitus is related to middle ear or inner ear problems as well as possible auditory nerve abnormalities. The tone or pitch of the tinnitus as well as its volume may also be determined to help assess the best management option.
Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aids
All patients undergo a comprehensive hearing evaluation in order to determine the possible cause and extent of their hearing loss prior to receiving hearing aids. If you are a candidate for hearing aids based upon your hearing test results and your perceived hearing handicap, a hearing aid evaluation is completed. During the hearing aid evaluation, one of our audiologists will spend time discussing the different options available to you, including style of the hearing instrument and technology level required to meet your communication goals.
When you receive your new hearing aids, they will be programmed to match your unique hearing loss. You will also receive comprehensive instruction on how to adjust to your new hearing aids. Emphasis is placed on how the brain must relearn to “hear” both speech and environmental noises. You will also be instructed on the use and care of the hearing instruments. Verification measures will be performed to assure optimal programming of your hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Checks and Servicing
The cornerstone of our customer service is the follow-up our patients receive once fit with hearing aids. Most patients initially return for three to four office visits after their initial hearing aid fitting. During these follow-up appointments, fitting adjustments may be made to improve sound quality, hearing aid care and use can be reviewed, and the process of adjusting to hearing aids can be further discussed.
All patients are regularly scheduled for a comprehensive hearing aid check and cleaning every six months. Additional hearing aid adjustments or “trouble-shooting” is always available at no charge while an aid is under warranty, and most patients can be seen for hearing aid related problems within several days. In addition, all patients receive our triannual newsletter to keep them informed of the latest research on hearing disorders and technological improvements.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
For people with hearing loss, sometimes an assistive listening device (ALD) is required in addition to, or instead of, hearing aids. ALDs include amplified telephones, personal TV listening devices, visual or vibrating alarms, and a variety of other items designed to keep the person with hearing loss in touch with his or her environment. We have a number of these items in our office for demonstration and can special order any ALD.
Pediatric Hearing Evaluations
We provide hearing evaluations for children of all ages, ranging from infants to high school students. Using a combination of objective testing, which does not require any active response, and behavioral evaluation (either playing “listening games” or looking in the direction of sounds presented in the testing booth), we can provide parents and referring physicians with important information about their child’s hearing.
Contact us if you have any questions about our Hearing Care Services.