Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Hearing health plays a large part in everyday living and wellbeing. Our ability to clearly hear the world around us, particularly the voices of our friends and families, do more to make our lives better than nearly anything else.
At Eastern Virginia Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, our audiologists specialize in one thing: better hearing for all. We offer services intended to make this happen quickly and efficiently.
We also work with organizations to help prevent hearing loss by providing workers compensation testing, industrial screening and we participate with the Veterans Administration Community Care program for hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Dispensing a hearing instrument involves much more than the measurement of your ear. Every device is checked, tested and retested, then adjusted several times to find the optimal settings for you to hear speech, hear in crowded, loud areas and talk with ease on the telephone.
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
The audiologic evaluation is more than a hearing test. The overall health of your hearing system includes the physical condition of your ears, head and neck, bone structure around the ears, auditory nerve and areas of the brain. This evaluation checks for hearing loss that could be caused by injury or disease, as well as age-related loss that is very common in the country today.
The diagnostic evaluation includes not only hearing through the eardrum but also bone conduction tests that show how well your inner ear translates these vibrations into sound signals. It helps develop a plan for each individual based on his or her unique type and degree of hearing loss.
Because we understand how important your hearing is, we specialize in offering veterans and workers compensation claimants audiologic evaluations for insurance purposes.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
A basic hearing test is simply the first step in a series that determines your exact type and degree of hearing loss. Rated from mild to profound, hearing loss has many causes. Determining the cause will help direct the right course of action.
In many cases, a hearing aid is recommended. It is often the best treatment available for better hearing. Hearing aids are miniature marvels of new engineering. Our goal is to provide the right hearing aid for each individual.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Our office personnel can quickly determine the problem with your hearing aid and usually fix it in-house. If the device needs a factory authorized repair, we can take care of that, too.
Real Ear Measure
Since so many people complain about not being able to hear normal speech, one of the priorities for our staff is to provide the best speech recognition hearing products and services available. Part of the service for this is real ear measurement. At this appointment, you will bring a friend or relative whose voice you know very well. A set of recording equipment and speakers in the therapy room allows the audiologist to make detailed “maps” of the speech sounds you can and cannot hear, from various angles and distances in the room. This all helps design the right hearing aid for your needs.
Industrial Hearing Screenings
Hearing safety is a priority in the workplace, especially where loud and concussive noise is a way of life. Factories, warehouses and construction sites tend to be very loud places. Industrial hearing screening provides mandated testing for employees, recommendations for hearing protection products and help with those who have difficulty hearing.
In many cases, hearing tests are provided at the workplace, using portable equipment. The results are often available immediately, although recommendations for treatment usually require further tests at our office.
VNG Evaluations - While the ear is responsible for hearing, the inner ear also has tiny circular tubes responsible for balance. Conditions that cause dizziness, imbalance and vertigo, and the feeling of falling can be diagnosed using a videonystagmography test. The test involves wearing eye goggles and electrical monitors to check impulses that create imbalance. One common balance problem, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is detected using this test.
VHIT and ABR Evaluations - We also perform Video Head Impulse (VHIT) testing and Auditory Brainstem Evoked Response (ABR) testing.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus, which can be rated as mild to profound, is quite common in older people who also have some hearing loss. Treatments include sound machines, brain training therapy and, in some cases, the use of anti-anxiety medication. The condition is not curable, but therapies usually help. e.g. adding white noise while sleeping has shown to be very helpful.
Infants’ hearing should be tested soon after birth. Children should be tested regularly as they grow. Hearing tests for infants and toddlers has unique problems because children so young cannot tell audiologists what they hear and don’t hear.
Tests for babies are automated. Small devices placed in baby’s ears and on their forehead detect the reaction of the inner ear and brainstem to sound stimuli. It is a brief and painless way to check hearing response until the child can answer the questions in a hearing test that requires responses.
An earwax removal procedure can safely and quickly remove a buildup of this thick substance in cases where it does not naturally disperse. There are several reasons earwax might build up, but it is never a good idea to insert any implement, including cotton swabs, into your ears.
Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
Every ear is unique. Like a fingerprint, individuals can be identified by their outer ears. The inside of every ear is unique too, as are hearing problems. The custom earmold is a rubber impression taken of your outer ear and used to create a hearing aid, hearing protection device or earphone.
Earplugs are created the same way except an impression is taken of the ear canal, up to the eardrum, using soft rubber material. The impression is used for in-the-ear-canal hearing aids or earplugs.