Information About Our Audiological Services
It is estimated 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. Among adults aged 70 and older that could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than 30 percent use them.
Do you sometimes have difficulty understanding speech on the television or telephone?
Do you find people mumbling or not speaking very clearly in conversation?
Do you find yourself often asking people to speak up or repeat themselves?
Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation in a noisy restaurant or crowded room?
Hearing loss can occur at any age, for any number of reasons. Many times problems with hearing go unrecognized as symptoms may appear gradually. If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may already have some degree of hearing loss. The first step in the treatment of any hearing problem is proper examination by an Ear, Nose and Throat physician in conjunction with a hearing evaluation by a certified Audiologist. The doctors and staff at Vero ENT provide a complete range of audiology services using the latest technology and techniques.
There are two main types of hearing loss. In many cases, patients can experience a combination of both, called mixed loss, due to a multitude of symptom triggers.
Occurring when sound is not efficiently transferred from the outer ear canal to the eardrum and the small bones of the middle ear, a reduction in sound level or the ability to hear faint sounds is limited. These symptoms may be caused by genetics, disease, or head trauma. However, conductive hearing loss can often be corrected medically or surgically.
When the inner ear (cochlea) or nerve pathways are damaged from trauma or aging, the resulting hearing loss reduces the ability to hear faint sounds, even when speech is loud enough to hear. This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss but is also the most manageable with hearing aids or devices.
Using calibrated equipment in a sound treated room, the audiologist will test for both types of hearing loss. This simple, non-invasive evaluation provides the information necessary for the doctors to discuss a plan for hearing improvement and treatment. The methods used in the testing process will also determine how hearing loss may be affecting the detection and comprehension of speech.
Hearing Aids or Devices
Once the evaluation is completed and it is determined that hearing devices may be required for hearing improvement, the audiologists at Vero ENT are highly qualified to guide patients through the fitting process. Advanced computerized procedures are used to individualize the fitting of hearing aids.
At Vero ENT, a complete line of Oticon digital programmable hearing aids are available. Oticon hearing instruments are built on the Inium platform, the first sound processing system that supports the brain’s entire process of making sense of sound. After the 45 day trial period included with every hearing device, on-going support is available to make any necessary adjustments to hearing device settings. The audiologists will also provide practical recommendations regarding the management of difficult listening situations. All follow-up appointments are included in the cost of the hearing aids for the life of the device.
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