Huron Valley Hearing offers diagnostic hearing evaluations for individuals of all ages, including children. These comprehensive evaluations are performed in a sound-treated booth to ensure the accuracy of results. The audiologist uses a variety of tools, including pure-tone testing, speech audiometry, and impedance testing to determine the type, nature, and severity of any hearing loss present.
The hearing evaluation consists of several components:
Case History: At the start of the evaluation, the audiologist will ask you about your health history. We’ll discuss family history, history of noise exposure, and your primary areas of concern. This discussion ensures that your needs are being met. It also allows us to identify any possible causes of hearing loss or tinnitus and the best treatment options.
Otoscopy: By using an otoscope to examine your ear canal, we can assess possible outer or middle ear issues such as impacted ear wax or ear infection. If a problem is identified during this step that may impact the remainder of testing, we will address it before continuing (e.g., removal of wax or treatment of ear infection).
Impedance Testing: During this step, we will use tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing to assess your middle ear function. It does not hurt. We’ll insert a small probe into the outer portion of your ear canal to observe the movement of your eardrum and to look for possible fluid or pressure buildup behind your eardrum. This test allows us to identify any middle ear disorders that may affect your hearing and, in many cases, treat them with medical or surgical intervention.
Pure-Tone Testing: You may remember the "beep test" from school or occupational hearing screenings. After seating you in a sound-treated booth, we’ll ask you to respond to tones played through earphones. The tones will vary in loudness and pitch so that we can identify the softest sound you can hear at each frequency range and in each ear. We can use both air conduction and bone conduction in order to determine the type and cause of any hearing loss.
Speech Testing: In this step, we’ll ask you to repeat back words both in a quiet setting and with noise presented to the opposite ear. This test helps us determine your ability to process complex auditory signals, and it can be useful in determining the cause of your hearing loss and any potential benefit you could get from hearing aids.
We offer digital hearing aids in a variety of styles and technology levels to fit your hearing needs, preferences, and lifestyle. We work with the top hearing aid manufacturers in order to offer cutting edge technology, advanced processing capabilities, and the flexibility to have your device serviced or adjusted anywhere around the world.
We offer accessories that can work alongside your hearing aid in order to enhance your hearing in specific listening situations. These devices are designed to be used in particularly challenging situations such as on the phone, in a noisy restaurant, or when watching television.
Noise exposure is the most preventable cause of hearing loss. There are a variety of products available to protect your hearing in specific situations, such as:
Tinnitus is the name for sounds heard in the ears or head that do not originate from outside sources. People often describe the sounds as ringing, buzzing, crickets, or even music. Tinnitus may be caused by a variety of things, but it’s most commonly a result of hearing loss. If you experience tinnitus, particularly if it’s loud or seems to occur in only one ear, it’s important to have it evaluated. There are many ways to reduce or relieve tinnitus, including auditory stimulation methods, masking, and the use of hearing aids.
About 15% of the population experiences dizziness. Of these cases, the majority are caused by otologic disorders. To determine the cause of dizziness and the best treatment option for each specific patient, different evaluations are available that include:
We are happy to provide educational seminars on the topic of hearing loss and hearing health for clubs, organizations, healthcare offices, work groups, or other associations. The audiology staff at Huron Valley Hearing will tailor the discussion to the needs of the group, whether the goal be to help prevent hearing loss accidents in the workplace or simply to raise awareness about hearing loss, its causes, and what can be done to treat it.
Common topics requested during these seminars include: