Quality hearing care is more than just a pure tone hearing test.
These are the services available and when appropriately applied, offer a complete hearing assessment and a rehabilitation plan
Complete hearing tests for children from age four to adults of any age provided by licensed clinical audiologists who hold the Doctor of Audiology degree. Evaluations include measurements of hearing sensitivity for air and bone conducted sounds, measurements of word recognition ability, and assessment of the middle ear functions.
COUNSELING & REHABILITATION
At Audiology of Nassau we take pride in offering counseling and aural rehabilitation that maximizes our patients’adjustment and appreciation of hearing enhancement. Our best choice for amplification is only as effective as the quality and consistency of the follow-up and counseling sessions that we provide as an included service with your newly dispensed device.
HEARING AID DISPENSING & SERVICE
- A wide variety of hearing instruments featuring the latest technology is offered at Audiology of Nassau.
- We are sensitive to your concerns and financial constraints and we emphasize the limitations and explore your expectations prior to recommending any particular device.
- Amplification decisions also include an analysis of your daily activities and communication requirements.
- Additional services include a minimum of four follow-up visits within the first forty five day trial period to ensure a reasonable and acceptable adjustment to the fit and sound of the devices.
- Six month rechecks are scheduled at each appointment.
- Soundfield testing of the devices provide objective measures to ensure audibility and acceptable, individual speech clarity in quiet.
CERUMEN (WAX) MANAGEMENT
The practice of audiology requires that ear canals be unobstructed from occluding debris, including cerumen, or earwax. Cerumen management is now within the scope of practice for audiologists.
At Audiology of Nassau County we evaluate the appearance and health of the ear canal. When appropriate, cerumen, and exfoliated skin and debris is removed using curettes, or suction. Under certain circumstances, patients may be referred to an Otologist for further treatment. We practice infection control and ensure proper cleaning and disinfection or sterilization of patient-care equipment and environmental surfaces and we wear protective gloves. Video otoscopy is available which enables the patient to see the contents and landmarks of the ear canal.
A common condition among millions of Americans who perceive a sound within the ear or head in the absence of a corresponding sound in the environment. It is a condition that many find frightening or annoying. Special surveys and questionnaires are used together with treatment options and special testing to help mitigate the annoyance. Mild tinnitus cases are seen for treatment, while more severe cases are referred out for more advanced assessment and therapy.
Individually fabricated ear protection for musicians and others who practice, perform or work in high level sound environments for prolonged periods.
SPECIAL HIGH FREQUENCY TESTS
Special tests for monitoring very high frequency hearing loss beyond the scope of the standard audiogram. Used for patients on chemotherapy that may be ototoxic or for those experiencing a sense of hearing loss that is not apparant on the standard audiogram. Specially designed and calibrated headphones must be used for this application.
THE TEN TEST
Hearing impairment is often associated with damage to the hair cells of the cochlea. An area of the cochlea with complete loss of function of inner hair cells is known as a ‘dead region’. Dead regions can be identified by measuring detection thresholds for pure tones in quiet and in threshold-equalizing noise (TEN). This helps to determine the viability of very high frequency intervention.
OTOACOUSTIC EMISSIONS TEST (OAE)
A special test procedure that is objective, time efficient ,and non-invasive. It can help distinguish between the sensory and neural components of “nerve loss” hearing because of its sensitivity to cochlear function. It useful for differential diagnosis, monitoring of progressive loss due to ototoxicity and consistent exposure to loud music or noise, and for testing uncooperative patients or individuals with developmental disabilities or very small children. It is also a test used for identifying a feigned or functional complaint of hearing loss.
SPEECH-IN-NOISE (QUICK SIN AND BKB-SIN) TESTS
Because speech understanding in noise cannot be reliably predicted from the audiogram, this test may be administered to help understand the unique difficulties some patients encounter when trying to understand speech imbedded in noise. The test is used to compare each individuals speech in noise abilities compared to normal listeners.
THE ANL TEST
The Acceptable Noise Level Test is used to predict whether a person will be a successful hearing aid user by finding out how well they tolerate noise and speech when presented together.
We recommend and dispense Rayovac batteries for our hearing devices. Our batteries are fresh and dated for your peace of mind.
REAL EAR and SPEECH MAPPING MEASUREMENTS
These are test procedures also used to validate acceptable hearing performance measured at the level of the eardrum using Real Ear protocol.
Verification using speech mapping is a procedure that uses a probe microphone and live speech to see and understand the benefits of a recommended device. The patient and family can be fully engaged in the assessment process by participating in the real-time speech measurements
We offer a wide range of earmold choices for behind- the-ear aids; swimmolds for adults and children; and musician’s earplugs which are specially filtered sound attenuators which, unlike standard earplugs, do not alter the quality and frequency response of music or speech.
We recommend routine cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid is dispensed to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aids.
ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES
In some cases, hearing aids are not the single answer to address all communication difficulties. There are many other devices available to help you in your most difficult listening environments. These devices include television listening systems, special doorbells, alarm clocks, fire alarms, captel telephone systems.
Today’s modern hearing aids use wireless technology to connect your new devices to the television, mobile phone, computer, Ipads or Ipods. Remote microphones offered by some manufacturers can help reduce the difficulty of hearing speech in noise.
All patients can be reassured that they will be referred for appropriate medical followup in the event that their audiometric results call for otology intervention, or for the removal of impacted cerumen, for removal of a foreign body, when fluid is detected in the ear, for complaints of tinnitus and dizziness.