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The Effects of Hearing Loss and Sound Voids™ can be minimized if:

  • Your problem is correctly diagnosed;
  • You receive the right type of treatment; and
  • You and your hearing care team are committed to solving the problem

 

Step One: The Interview

Purpose: To help your AudigyCertified™ practice determine the extent of your problem and uncover any specific areas that may require further attention.

Some Typical Questions:

  • Has anyone else in your family had hearing difficulty?
  • Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
  • Have you taken any medications that might have affected your hearing?
  • Have you been exposed to loud noises in your job or leisure activities?

 

Step Two: The Examination

Purpose: To help your AudigyCertified™ practice determine whether the Sound Voids™ you are experiencing could be caused by an obstruction or damage to the ear canal or ear drum. Your audiologist will use a special instrument called an otoscope or video otoscope to inspect the outer ear.

Step Three: The Testing

Purpose: To help the hearing care professional determine the nature of your Sound Voids™. Your hearing care professional may include tests like the following depending on his or her assessment of your needs.

  • Audiometric pure tone evaluation to measure your hearing at different frequencies.
  • Speech evaluation to measure how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation at different volumes.
  • Immittance middle ear evaluation to measure how your ear drum and hearing react to varying degrees of air pressure.



If you are suffering from a hearing loss, your results will be documented on an audiogram.

Step Four: Treatment Options

Hearing Aids
Hearing aids come in a variety of designs and with a wide range of functions and features to address an individual’s specific needs. The most basic components include a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver, and (in the case of digital hearing aids) a small computer. The unprecedented effectiveness of modern digital systems comes from a powerful combination of professional expertise, software, and hardware.

Surgery & Implants
Devices surgically inserted into the ear to improve hearing, facilitate lip-reading, and make it easier to distinguish certain sounds. These are typically most helpful to deaf or profoundly hearing impaired people who cannot use hearing aids.

A few examples of surgical implants:

  • Cochlear Implants
  • Middle Ear Implants
  • Bone-Anchored Hearing Systems
  • Auditory Brainstem Implants

 

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