Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Brentwood Hearing Center handles disorders related to your auditory health. Doctors will often refer patients to professionals that specialize in this area. Ear-related conditions are found and treated using the many available services from the clinic. Many of the tools, techniques and devices used by audiologists are unique to their profession.
Cerumen Removal - Ear Cleaning
Cerumen, or ear wax, can be removed from the ear canal so that it does not interfere with listening or comfort, especially for individuals who wear hearing aids. Our office performs limited ear cleanings when the presence of ear wax precludes accurate diagnostic testing or an appropriate hearing aid fit. We do not perform ear cleanings as a stand-alone service. Ear cleaning at our office is not a billable charge to insurance plans. For more in-depth ear cleaning, or the presence of impacted wax, we refer patients to a medical provider and encourage them to return to our office for diagnostic testing and demonstration of hearing devices.
Counseling on the use and care of your hearing aids
Professional staff is available to help you with problems you may be having with your hearing aids. They can also spend time with you and discuss ways to make listening with hearing aids easier in your day-to-day life. Family members are welcome and encouraged to come with you and learn about your hearing aids.
There are five main types of hearing tests used to diagnose hearing conditions; speech, pure-tone, middle ear, otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem response.
- Speech: Using quiet and noisy environments, the speech reception threshold is tested
- Pure-Tone: Each ear is tested for the range of pitches it can hear. This is a non-painful test that requires the use of headphones
- Middle Ear: Middle ear tests gather the measurements for acoustic reflex measures, static acoustic and tympanometry. A small tool is used to push air into the canal to see how the eardrum reacts
- Otoacoustic Emissions: When the cochlea is stimulated by sound, otoacoustic emissions are given off. A small probe is inserted into the ear canal to produce results for this test
- Auditory Brainstem Response: To get data about the inner ear and brain pathways, doctors place electrodes on the patient’s head. The recorded information is vital to discovering hearing flaws
The journey to good ENT health doesn’t end with the administering of hearing aids. Follow up appointments are recommended for general health and wellness. This is the perfect time to point out issues with devices, get regular maintenance and a general checkup.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
Information about medical history goes a long way in helping with diagnosis. Hearing aid evaluations require a full case history to determine the extent of hearing loss. The impact the condition has on daily functions provides audiologists with a full picture of the growing problem. When all of the information is collected, it is much easier to move forward with tests and treatment.
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting
The hearing aid fitting process begins when the audiologist orders a patients’ hearing aids. Once the preprogrammed devices arrive, sound tests are performed to sync compatibility. Live speech mapping is used to help with syncing. Hearing aid fittings are not just about getting a new device, but getting comfortable with its features.
Hearing Aid Repairs
When hearing aids are not performing as they should, users can try cleaning them. If that doesn’t work, then it is necessary to take them to Brentwood Hearing Center for onsite repair. Hearing aids with extensive damage are sent to the manufacturer. In this case, replacements can be discussed and provided.
In Office Services
We encourage ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aid(s). We encourage all our patients to come in for regular hearing aid check-ups and cleaning.
Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, and Warranties come with all brands of hearing aids. We offer in-office repairs when possible on most makes/models.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Sounds in the ear that can only be heard by the affected person is known as tinnitus. It can be a ringing, buzzing, clicking or other distracting noise. There is no current cure for permanent tinnitus, but there are many treatments. These treatments make it much easier to live with tinnitus, even when the effects are severe.