Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
When people become concerned about their ability to hear, the first step should be to contact a hearing professional for an evaluation. The audiologists at Susan Rogan Hearing can answer your questions and start you on the path to better hearing.
Some hearing loss is due to accident, injury or disease, but the most common is age-related hearing loss. In this case, the structures that receive sound vibrations and those that interpret these sounds deteriorate during our aging process. People begin to find it hard to hear some sounds, especially speech. We begin to ask people to speak louder or repeat themselves. If this is happening to you, call us to begin experiencing the full range of our hearing care services.
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
The beginning of your journey toward better hearing is having your hearing tested. A basic test gives your audiologist the baseline parameters around which to design the best plan for you.
Diagnostic audiologic evaluations take hearing testing several steps further. The audiologist can determine the functions of the eardrum, middle and inner ear, as well as the capabilities of your auditory nerves and brain. These tests are non-invasive, painless and comprehensive. With each step, the hearing professional gets closer to the exact plan for each individual.
Tympanometry is the test of your eardrum and middle ear. Auditory nerve tests stimulate the nerve and brain center of hearing to produce exacting responses; the deviation from those responses shows the amount and extent of your hearing loss.
Cerumen is the term used to describe earwax and the dirt collected in it inside the ear. Cleaning earwax is usually simple and can be done with normal bathing. Sometimes earwax becomes more difficult to deal with.
Our hearing professionals can quickly clear earwax and show you methods to safely remove it. Never put hard or pointed objects into your ears, including swab-type cleaning sticks. It takes very little force to damage your eardrum.
Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
Custom earmold protection products are available for specialty uses like hunting and shooting, swimming and diving, manufacturing and construction projects, and more. Many products are made from these custom molds that have proven to be the best hearing protection and hearing aid products available.
Evaluation for Hearing Aids
When we get a call from people with hearing questions, one of the most frequently asked is: “Do I need hearing aids?” The answer will determine which route you take on the way to better hearing. Hearing aids help people of all ages and hearing difficulties.
A hearing test is the first step, followed by more questions and examinations of your individual needs. Hearing loss is a medical condition requiring diagnosis and treatment. One treatment could be the use of a hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
If the audiologists here at Susan Rogan Hearing determine that you need hearing aids, be assured that we supply many styles of the finest quality hearing products.
Hearing aids range in size from very small, completely-in-canal (CIC) units, to larger ones with power units that sit behind the ear (BTE). Some factors that determine the products that you can use include your ability to handle small batteries and small hearing aids, your degree of hearing loss and your need for wireless connections.
Fitting hearing aids is more than just finding the type and size; it includes testing and trials, then retesting and adjusting. These are the critical steps that make sure your hearing devices are working at their optimum ability to help you hear and understand language in every situation.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Every computer-type device is susceptible to breakage or failure at some point. Many hearing aids last years without a problem, but some need maintenance or repair by the professionals at Susan Rogan Hearing. From loose wires and broken plastic, we can quickly fix most problems at our office. If your device ever needs repairs, is clogged, or simply stops functioning properly, call or come in for help.
Live Speech Mapping
Live speech mapping is a process that helps identify key problems people have when hearing speech in various conditions. You will come to the office with a friend or relative whose voice you know very well. The person will speak at varying volumes while the audiologist measures your ability to hear the voice on a computer. This high-tech method of patterning how well you understand speech helps to design the correct hearing aid.
Musician's Earplugs and Monitors
Special products made for musicians provide hearing protection while allowing all the sound frequencies of music to come through to the eardrum. Monitors are custom molds made from a form of your ear and equipped with a hearing device for this purpose. Earplugs act in the same way, allowing frequencies through without the loud volume.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is a growing health problem. Also known as ringing in the ears, tinnitus is the ringing or whooshing sound people experience as sound when no sound is present. The usual cause is an age-related degradation of the small organs and hair-like structures in the ear.
There is no cure for tinnitus, but treatments are effective for most people. The most common treatment is to use hearing aids with masking features. White noise machines are also used during bedtime to help you get to the rest you need.