Our audiologist will diagnose, treat, and help you manage your hearing loss or balance problem. She’ll combine your complete history with a variety of specialized auditory and vestibular tests before presenting treatment options, and may recommend hearing aids as part of a comprehensive rehabilitative program.
• Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations - specialized equipment is used to obtain accurate results about hearing loss. We provide evaluations of the entire auditory system from the outer ear into the middle ear, inner ear and along the along the auditory nerve into the brain.
• Hearing Services and Counseling Visits - We are vitally concerned that every person, regardless of age, benefits from good hearing. Our audiologist provides individual and group counseling to help those with hearing loss function more effectively in social and occupational environments. Family members are encouraged to participate in the counseling process.
• Hearing Aids - Custom fit hearing aids are available through our office. Hearing aid consultations are available to select the appropriate type of hearing aid technology based upon your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget. We offer hearing aid services for patients who have purchased hearing aids through our office or from another office. Click here for more information about hearing aids.
• Assistive Listening Devices - Various assistive listening devices are available through our office. These devices are designed to help hearing impaired persons hear better in specific situations such as on the telephone or watching TV. Special alerting devices are also available so that a hearing impaired person is aware of the smoke detector alarm, a doorbell ringing, telephone ringing or even a baby crying. Please ask the audiologist about these products.
• Ear and Hearing Protection - Custom earplugs and swim plugs are available to patients who need protection from excessive noise levels or water. Musician plugs, which provide excellent protection from loud sounds without distortion, are also available.
Take Our Quick Hearing Test
If you answering YES to any of the following questions, you may have a hearing problem. Answering YES to several questions strongly suggests that a hearing check is necessary. In either case, you should request a hearing evaluation with our audiologist.
• Do you experience ringing or noises in your ears?
• Do you hear better with one ear than with the other?
• Have any of your birth relatives had a hearing loss?
• Have you had any significant noise exposure at work, during recreation or in military service?
• Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation in a noisy restaurant or crowded room?
• Do you sometimes feel that people are mumbling or not speaking clearly?
• Do you experience difficulty following dialogue in the theater?
• Do you sometimes find it difficult to understand a speaker at a public meeting or a religious service?
• Do you find yourself asking people to speak up or repeat themselves?
• Do you find men's voices easier to understand than women's?
• Do you experience difficulty understanding soft or whispered speech?
• Do you sometimes have difficulty understanding speech on the telephone?
• Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when meeting new people?
• Do you feel handicapped by a hearing problem?
• Does a hearing problem cause you to visit friends, relatives, or neighbors less often than you would like?
• Does a hearing problem cause you to talk to family members less often than you would like?
• Does a hearing problem cause you to feel depressed?
More Information About Hearing Aids
A hearing aid is an electronic, battery-operated device that amplifies and changes sound to allow for improved communication. Hearing aids receive sound through a microphone, which then converts the sound waves to electrical signals. The amplifier increases the loudness of the signals and then sends the sound to the ear through a speaker.
Benefits of Wearing Hearing Aids
Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions in the world. Most hard-of-hearing people could benefit from modern hearing aids, as they can significantly improve the user's ability to understand speech in difficult listening situations. Unfortunately, many people hesitate to take the necessary steps to overcome their disability, which could allow them to return to a full and active lifestyle. Here are just a few examples of how using a hearing aid could improve your quality of life. . .
• Fewer repetitions and interruptions during conversations with friends and family.
• Avoid dangerous situations in while driving or in traffic.
• Gain renewed awareness of everyday captivating sounds like waves crashing on the shore, birds twittering in the park, leaves rustling in the wind, or even your cat’s purr!
Digital Hearing Aids
The most common complaint of the hard-of-hearing population is that they don't have good communication ability in noisy environments or in group conversations. It is in these situations that digital technology is able to help people the most. West Michigan E.N.T. & Allergy offers a wide range of digital hearing aids, from entry level digital to premium digital technology, with prices ranging from $500 to $3,600. The price of a hearing aid depends on several factors such as the type of technology you and your audiologist determine is best for you, and the size of your hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Sizes
• Behind The Ear (BTE) – This type of hearing aid is worn behind the ear and is connected to an earmold that fits inside the outer ear. The components are held in a case behind the ear.
• In The Ear (ITE) – This hearing aid fits completely in the outer ear and is used for mild to severe hearing loss.
• In The Canal (ITC) – This type of hearing aid fits into the ear canal and is available in two sizes. An ITC hearing aid is customized to fit the size and shape of your ear canal and is used for mild or moderately severe hearing loss.
• Completely In the Canal (CIC) – CIC hearing aids are used by those with limited or mild to moderate hearing loss. They sit in the opening of the ear canal and extend into the canal.