Hearing is one of the five senses that allows you to appreciate your favorite song or fully enjoy a great story. If you or your loved one are experiencing hearing loss or difficulties, CHI Health Clinic is here for you.
CHI Health audiologists identify, diagnose, treat and monitor disorders of the auditory (hearing) and vestibular system which helps with balance and coordination. They employ various testing strategies to measure hearing loss by determining which portions of hearing (high, middle, or low frequencies) are affected and to what degree. Based on their findings, they dispense and maintain hearing aids. Tinnitus and balance disorder treatment is prescribed based on the testing outcome.
CHI Health audiologists hold either a master's degree (MS or MA) or a clinical doctorate degree (Au.D.) in audiology and are certified nationally through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (Certificate of Clinical Competence - Audiology, or CCC-A).
Hearing Loss Assessment
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have a hearing loss and should consider being evaluated by an audiologist:
- Do you experience ringing, roaring, or buzzing in one or both ears?
- Is your television volume louder than others would like?
- Do you often have to ask people to repeat what they have said?
- Does your speech sound muffled or dull?
- Do you have problems listening in noisy environments or in groups?
- Do you have difficulty hearing the doorbell or telephone?
- Do your friends or relatives tell you that you do not seem to hear well?
- Do you frequently complain that others mumble, that speech is not clear, or that you hear only parts of conversations when people are talking?
- Do you find that looking at people when they talk to you makes it easier for you to understand them?
If your answer is "yes" to any of these symptoms, you may have hearing loss.
Evaluations for all ages
- Comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluations for adults.
- Pediatric hearing evaluations ranging from Visual Reinforcement Audiometry, Conditioned Play Audiometry, or Computerized Play Audiometry.
- ABR (Auditory Brainstem Response)
This test measures the response as stimulus is presented to the ear and as it travels to the brainstem. This test gives doctors information about the integrity of the auditory system threshold and neurodiagnostics.
- ENG (Electronystagmography)
Electronystagmography is a test that records the interaction between your balance system in the inner ear and your eye. This helps determine whether the vestibular system is the cause of dizziness.
This test is used to determine if the type of dizziness present is Benign Paroxysnal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
- OAE (Otoacoustic Emission)
Otoacoustic Emission measures an acoustic response from the inner ear (cochlea) that is generated in response to a series of sounds that is presented through a tiny headphone. This helps determine whether or not the outer hair cells in the cochlea are functioning properly.
- Inner ear conditions
Our experienced Audiologists are specially trained to assist patients with concerns related to the inner ear; including hearing loss, balance and dizziness.
Devices We Offer
Certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), our Audiology team provides the following services:
Hearing Aids: There is a wide variety of different styles, and not one is appropriate for all people. We offer hearing aids that are in the ear, in the canal, behind the ear, or open fit. Together with your audiologist, you will be able to choose the hearing aid that is most appropriate for you based on your needs.
Ear Molds: Custom molds are made for a number of different purposes:
- Sports: swim molds, motor sports, hunting/shooting
- Music: ear monitors, noise protection
- Personal Devices: MP3 players, cell phones
- Work: noise protection