|Audiology Services for Adults|
For the average adult, hearing loss can be a gradual experience that seems to sneak up on you. It takes an average of seven years to seek treatment. Addressing hearing loss as early as possible is important to staying connected and maintaining your quality of life. Testing for prevention or maintenance of hearing issues such as tinnitus, occupational or music induced hearing loss, or early signs of a variety of others.
If you are having difficulty hearing or understanding others you should get a hearing exam. A hearing exam is a noninvasive procedure that includes several behavioral and physiological tests. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, a hearing test is recommended:
-Asking people to repeat themselves
-Withdrawing from conversations or social situations
-Misunderstanding or responding inappropriately to questions
-Setting the television or radio volume louder than normal
-Feeling as though other people are mumbling
-Speaking at a louder volume than normal
-Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
-Seeming forgetful or inattentive
An Audiologist will help you understand the results of the testing and be able to recommend the most effective form of treatment. There are many devices available, combined with many methods of sound therapy to help you improve and maintain your hearing.
Hearing Aids (ALDs) are devices that can help you hear better in specific situations by either amplifying sounds or transmitting sounds directly to your hearing aids. For example, some ALDs wirelessly transmit your TV’s audio signal to amplified headphones that can help you hear the TV better. Other ALDs can wirelessly transmit a person’s voice across a room to your hearing aids. By decreasing the distance between you and the speaker, the intelligibility of the speech signal is enhanced.
Aural rehabilitation is a program that helps you better use the sound that you hear. This is an important component when treating hearing loss, especially for those that have gone untreated for a long time. After having hearing loss for a while, the brain forgets how to correctly use the sounds that were lost. When those sounds are restored through amplification, you may have difficulty adjusting because the brain doesn’t know what to do with those sounds anymore.There are a variety of aural rehabilitation techniques, including computer programs, games, group sessions and more.