A diagnostic hearing evaluation is the first step in determining the type, degree, configuration and symmetry of your hearing loss. After completing a thorough case history, the evaluation includes a variety of measurements to rule out any medically treatable cause for your hearing difficulties. Speech testing in quiet and noise is done to determine your ability to process what you hear. Dr. Oden then explains your test results and determines the best solution for your hearing difficulties; medical referral, counseling, assistive listening device or personal amplification.
Typanometry testing is completed to determine if a middle ear problem may be contributing to or causing your hearing difficulties.
Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) testing is a method of measuring sounds produced by the components of the inner ear (cochlear outer hair cells). OAE testing helps Dr. Oden to determine if the inner ear is functioning properly and can show signs of hearing loss earlier than standard testing. This type of testing is frequently used with young children who cannot complete a standard hearing evaluation.
A Functional Communication Assessment is an integral part of the decision making process in choosing the correct hearing aids to meet your individual hearing needs. Not only do we look at the results of the diagnostic hearing evaluation but specifically how your hearing has affected your lifestyle and daily activities.
At Hearing Solutions of North Carolina, we use state of the art equipment utilizing Surround Sound to choose and program your hearing aids. This system better replicates different listening environments providing a more realistic experience. Today’s hearing aids use digital processing technology and are programmed by connecting the hearing aid to a computer.
Real ear measurements are completed during the hearing aid fitting process to measure the response of the hearing aid in your ear. The testing is performed using a variety of sounds and speech to ensure the most appropriate fitting and programming settings for your individual ear and needs.
We are able to make hearing aid repairs on all makes and models. In many cases, we are able to repair your hearing aid in-house. If your hearing aid requires more extensive repair we will send the hearing aid to the appropriate manufacturer for you. Need repairs? Visit during our Open Clinic Hours.
LACE is an acronym for Listening And Communication Enhancement. LACE is a home-based, self-paced interactive computerized aural rehabilitation program that has already helped thousands of people who live with some degree of hearing loss increase their listening skills by 40%. Just as physical therapy can help rebuild muscles and adjust movements to compensate for physical weakness or injury, LACE can develop skills and strategies that can help compensate for those situations when hearing is inadequate. We don’t really hear in our ears; we hear in our brain. Hearing aids can help a person detect softer sounds, but they don’t necessarily provide good listening. Good listening skills are one of the essential components in effective communication. These abilities can be damaged by hearing loss and by the natural aging process. LACE is designed to enhance the ability to communicate by training the brain to best utilize these skills.
Presently there is no cure for tinnitus or ringing in the ear. The causes of tinnitus can vary from noise induced hearing loss, diseases of the ear and use of certain drugs. We use sound stimulation to reduce the stress associated with tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Sound stimulation can consist of environmental sounds, speech sounds, music or noise. So depending on your hearing ability and severity of your tinnitus Dr. Oden will work with you to develop a plan to help you manage your tinnitus.