Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Hearing loss is a condition that millions suffer with daily. Sound Advice has a variety of services that improves or stabilizes individual hearing needs. With custom programs tailored towards a client’s goals, no one solution is the same. With some time and the right tools, Sound Advice will offer a difference in hearing that’s noticeable.
- Cerumen Removal
- Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
- Hearing Tests
- Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
- Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
- Hearing Aid Repairs
- Musicians Earplugs and Monitors
- Pediatric Audiology
- Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Earwax is removed through various techniques; irrigation, syringing, and microsuction. When earwax (cerumen) builds up in the ear it blocks hearing, even though the natural use of it is to protect the ears. Removal of earwax is a quick and harmless solution to the problem.
Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
Exposure to loud sounds for prolonged periods of time can cause permanent hearing damage and produce tinnitus (ringing in the ears). There are published safe exposure times listed by both loudness levels measured in decibels (dB) and safe exposure time. Admittedly, those over the counter foam plugs are not always the most comfortable or best seal in your ears. Earmolds that maintain a perfect fit and maintain an even sound reduction whether you use them for work, recreation, sleep or hobby can be your solution. We offer specifically tuned ear protection that can either block maximum overall noise levels or maintain speech understanding while simultaneously blocking hazardous noise levels.
Hearing tests are non-invasive and painless for all ages. At Sound Advice, we provided comprehensive audiologic evaluations. Because Dr. Lew is A Board Certified Audiologist, she performs diagnostic hearing evaluations that are recognized and reimbursed by the majority of all health care plans. A diagnostic evaluation includes establishing your hearing thresholds in a specialized sound chamber which also includes your speech understanding in quiet and noise. Measuring the integrity of your middle ear system (eardrum and middle ear bones) through Immittance testing and evaluating your inner ear function (cochlea) called an Otoacoustic Emissions test are essential to the evaluation. A Tinnitus evaluation is also offered.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
Selecting the best hearing amplification starts with a list of your individual concerns. This inventory of hearing difficulties becomes your personal profile for which we measure your success. At Sound Advice, we are uniquely equipped to provide any potential hearing aid candidate with superior quality loaners. We will program, adjust and demonstrate how the instruments are worn during your free trial with our hearing aids. Your loss of hearing clarity is your own home, work and social environments; therefore, so your best assessment of speech clarity is in your daily activities and not assessed in our office. We are happy to allow the trial of a different hearing aids should you be uncertain of the first choice of hearing instrument.
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting
Hearing aids are programmed with a prescription based on individual needs. During the fitting, an audiologist will explain how the device works, how to take care of it and will also do extra programming to fine-tune its effectiveness. Real ear Analysis is always performed to ensure objective measurement of amplification for your hearing prescription.
Hearing Aid Repairs
The small working parts in hearing aids may sometimes fail, which can eventually happen. All of our hearing aids that are internationally known come with an amazing three-year warranty, no matter the model! Small repairs are usually performed in the office while circuitry repair on the digital processor will require the manufacturer’s repair. We’ll do everything possible to resolve the issue in our office, but if an outside repair is needed, we offer loaner hearing aids for your interim use.
Musicians Earplugs and Monitors
Musicians need to hear music clearly, so in the process of making great albums, they are exposed to higher than normal tones. Any environment that is over 85dB is potentially hazardous to your hearing for over eight hours. It doesn’t matter if the noise level is by classical music or a jack hammer, loud is loud by decibels. By just increasing sound levels by 3 dB, your safe exposure time is reduced by one-half. So, if you take for example, an average rock concert at 100 dB without hearing protection, your safe exposure time is a mere 30 minutes! You would have to leave right after the warm-up band if wanted to ensure your ears wouldn’t undergo noise trauma. But consider this, if you wore hearing protection with at least 20 dB protection, you could safely stay at the concert for 8 hours!
Evaluating pediatric hearing is different from adults. Depending on the age of the child, we tailor the testing protocol whether if the child is asleep, able to follow simple listening games or even locate soft sounds in a calibrated sound booth. For children under age four years old. From newborn screening to a toddlers, we create a fun, non-threatening environment to test young or special need children.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is described as perceived sounds in one or both ears which can resemble a ring, hiss, chirping or variety of different tones. Most everyone has experienced a brief sound in their ears that goes away. When this internal sound is not perceived from the surrounding environment, becomes a reoccurring or constant sound and effects one’s ability to focus or concentrate, we classify these symptoms of clinical tinnitus. The impact or severity of tinnitus determines the recommendation for tinnitus therapy. A tinnitus evaluation can help identify the degree to which the tinnitus interferes with your daily life. The causes of tinnitus, treatment options and current research will be discussed with you following your evaluation with Dr. Lew.