Diagnostics

The Effects of Hear­ing Loss and Sound Voids™ can be min­i­mized if:

  • Your prob­lem is cor­rect­ly diag­nosed;
  • You receive the right type of treat­ment; and
  • You and your hear­ing care team are com­mit­ted to solv­ing the prob­lem

Step One: The Inter­view
Pur­pose: To help your Audi­gyC­er­ti­fied™ pro­fes­sion­al deter­mine the extent of your prob­lem and uncov­er any spe­cif­ic areas requir­ing fur­ther atten­tion.

Some Typ­i­cal Ques­tions:

  • Has any­one else in your fam­i­ly had hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ty?
  • Have you had any ill­ness­es or injuries that might have affect­ed your hear­ing?
  • Have you tak­en any med­ica­tions that might have affect­ed your hear­ing?
  • Have you been exposed to loud nois­es in your job or leisure activ­i­ties?

Step Two: The Exam­i­na­tion
Pur­pose: To help your Audi­gyC­er­ti­fied pro­fes­sion­al deter­mine whether the Sound Voids you are expe­ri­enc­ing could be caused by an obstruc­tion or dam­age to the ear canal or ear drum. Your Audi­gyC­er­ti­fied pro­fes­sion­al will use a spe­cial instru­ment called an oto­scope or video oto­scope to inspect the out­er ear.

Step Three: The Test­ing
Pur­pose: To help the hear­ing care pro­fes­sion­al deter­mine the nature of your Sound Voids. Tests, like the fol­low­ing, may be used depend­ing on their assess­ment of your needs:

  • Audio­met­ric pure tone eval­u­a­tion to mea­sure your hear­ing at dif­fer­ent fre­quen­cies.
  • Speech eval­u­a­tion to mea­sure how well you hear and under­stand ordi­nary con­ver­sa­tion at dif­fer­ent vol­umes.
  • Immit­tance mid­dle ear eval­u­a­tion to mea­sure how your ear drum and hear­ing react to vary­ing degrees of air pres­sure.
  • If you are suf­fer­ing from a hear­ing loss, your results will be doc­u­ment­ed on an audio­gram.

Step Four: Treat­ment Options
Hear­ing Sys­tems
Hear­ing sys­tems come in a vari­ety of designs, with a wide range of func­tions and fea­tures to address an individual’s spe­cif­ic needs. The most basic com­po­nents include a micro­phone, an ampli­fi­er, a receiv­er, and (in the case of dig­i­tal hear­ing sys­tems) a small com­put­er. The unprece­dent­ed effec­tive­ness of mod­ern dig­i­tal sys­tems comes from a pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion of pro­fes­sion­al exper­tise, soft­ware, and hard­ware.

Surgery & Implants
Devices sur­gi­cal­ly insert­ed into the ear to improve hear­ing, facil­i­tate lip-read­ing, and make it eas­i­er to dis­tin­guish cer­tain sounds. Typ­i­cal­ly, these are most help­ful to deaf or pro­found­ly hear­ing-impaired peo­ple unable to use hear­ing sys­tems.

A few exam­ples of sur­gi­cal implants:

  • Cochlear Implants
  • Mid­dle Ear Implants
  • Bone-Anchored Hear­ing Sys­tems
  • Audi­to­ry Brain­stem Implants

Assis­tive Lis­ten­ing Devices
Spe­cial­ized tech­nolo­gies that help peo­ple with all degrees of hear­ing loss. These devices can facil­i­tate improved face-to-face com­mu­ni­ca­tion, recep­tion of elec­tron­ic media, tele­phone recep­tion, and recep­tion of impor­tant warn­ing sounds and sit­u­a­tions.

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