The audiology department at Midwest ENT Centre delivers a full range of diagnostic testing for children and adults. Our audiologists work in collaboration with the ENT physicians to provide quality hearing health care in a friendly, comfortable and professional environment. All of our audiologists hold doctoral degrees and keep updated on current advances in hearing technology by attending local and national seminars annually.
What is an audiologist?
- An audiologist is the primary health-care professional who evaluates, diagnoses, treats, and manages hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.
- An audiologist has either a Master’s degree (M.S. or M.A.) or Doctoral degree (Au.D. or Ph.D.) in the field of Audiology.
- The term Audiology refers to the science of hearing.
A hearing test may be indicated any time you have symptoms of ear fullness/pressure, decreased hearing, tinnitus or dizziness. The typical hearing testing consists of pure tone testing and speech testing.
Pure tone testing is the presentation of beeps or tones at different frequencies (or pitches) and levels of volume. The patient will respond each time they hear the beeps by pushing a button. We are looking for the softest sounds you can hear at each of the frequencies.
Speech testing consists of the presentation of a list of words for the patient to repeat back. We set the volume of the words at a level comfortable to the patient and record how many are repeated correctly. The purpose of testing speech is to find out how well you are able to understand what you hear. If the hearing nerve has been compromised, you may be able to hear speech, but not always understand what is said. It may sound distorted.
Tympanometry is done to examine the function of the ear drum and middle ear- essentially checking for fluid or pressure behind the ear drum, as well as any perforations. For patients who have had tubes inserted, this test will also tell us if the tube is open and functioning. This will give a more complete picture of what is going on with the ear and help us determine if medical intervention is needed. These results will also help in determining the type of hearing loss you have, whether it is conductive or sensorineural.
The audiologists and Midwest ENT Centre focus on providing a personal solution for each patient and recommend hearing aids and assistive listening devices that are best matched to one’s hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. We offer a wide variety of technology and styles to choose from. Hearing aid fittings are always verified with Real Ear measures to ensure optimal benefit. The audiologists at Midwest ENT Centre do not receive any additional compensation for hearing aid sales so hearing aid appointments are designed to be educational and interactive – no high pressure sales. Our goal is to provide trustworthy, personal, and professional audiology services to help our patients enjoy the highest quality of life. For more information on hearing aids click here.
Custom earmolds are often made for hearing aid devices and other applications. Some examples of custom products include swim plugs, iPods® ears, musicians’ plugs, and hearing protection.
Balance Testing (VNG)
At Midwest ENT Centre, we work with patients who may be experiencing dizziness, imbalance or vertigo episodes. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, the doctor may request further assessment of the inner ear balance system, called the Vestibular System. One of the tests routinely performed by our audiologists here is Videonystagmography (VNG).
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The audiologists at Midwest ENT Centre specialize in the evaluation, fitting, and management of hearing aids as well as assistive listening devices. For more information please call 636-685-8250 or contact us today!