Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Your ability to hear is important to your everyday life. From communicating properly to forming relationships, we rely on our hearing to make these connections. Whether you suspect your dealing with hearing loss, impacted earwax or already have hearing aids and need to seek maintenance, the professionals at Cosmetic Hearing Solutions can assist you. We provide the following services to help patients make the most of their journey into better hearing. Our services include:
- Battery Sales
- Cerumen Removal
- Hearing Aid Counseling
- Hearing Tests
- Ear Impressions
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Musician's Earplugs and Monitors
- Hearing Aid Adjustments
- Follow-up Care
- Getting Hearing Aids
- Hearing Aid Evaluation
- Hearing Aid Fitting
- Hearing Aid Repairs
- Hearing Tests for Children
- In-Office Services
- Otoacoustic Emission Testing
- Test and Audiometry
We keep a supply of batteries for you to purchase in our office. Stop in routinely for fresh batteries. Make sure to check the batteries in your hearing devices often and make sure there is no dirt, wax or debris interfering with the batteries performance. Batteries that are properly charged will make a noise (a squeal) when cupped in your hand or after it has been inserted in your ear, when you cup your hand over the hearing aid it will also make a noise.
- Size 10 (yellow)
- Size 312 (brown)
- Size 13 (orange)
- Size 675 (blue)
While earwax is a naturally occurring substance, some people tend to produce more than necessary. Earwax is a self-cleaning agent, providing protection for the inner ear canal. When too much earwax is produced, impaction can occur, leading to temporary hearing loss. In these cases, manual removal can help.
Counseling on the use and care of your hearing aids
Professional staff is available to help you with problems you may be having with your hearing aids. They can also spend time with you and discuss ways to make listening with hearing aids easier in your day-to-day life. Family members are welcome and encouraged to come with you and learn about your hearing aids.
Many individuals live with undiagnosed hearing loss. Our audiologists provide extensive hearing tests to diagnose the type and degree of hearing loss individuals suffer from. Our professional staff will administer pain-free and stress-free tests that will determine the type and degree of hearing loss you have in each ear.
Since the various systems produce different hearing impressions, it is important for you to make a comparison yourself. For this purpose we will produce custom-made earmolds based on the exact contours of your ears. We can then ensure that your hearing aid fits perfectly.
Evaluation and demonstration of Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) including FM systems, Alarm Clocks, TV and Phone Amplifiers
Assistive listening devices are devices that can help a listener function better in day-to-day communication situations. ALDs can be used with or without hearing aids to make hearing easier, which can reduce the overall stress and fatigue of listening. ALDs can be used in the home to make alarms, the television and telephone more audible. They can also be connected to personal hearing aids for better listening in noisy environments.
Evaluation and Fitting for Musician's Ear Plugs
Over exposure to loud sounds can actually lead to hearing loss. Called noise-induced hearing loss, this type of hearing loss often occurs in specific industries, including music recording. Musicians can find reprieve and help with our special earplugs and monitors. We custom-make earplugs that limit the sound exposure from instruments while enabling musicians to maintain their rich musical experiences.
If you’re ready to start hearing better, schedule an appointment with Cosmetic Hearing Solutions today. Find out what we can do to get your hearing back into optimal shape!
To determine the optimum settings for your hearing aids, we use your audiogram, as well as your personal impression of how well you can hear. This adjustment process is carried out using a computer.
When adjusting your hearing aids, we take various measurements to check how well you can hear. Once we teach you how to operate them and instruct you on the energy supply (batteries), you should wear your new hearing aids for a few days in your regular surroundings.
Based upon what you tell us about how well you can hear in your everyday surroundings, we will make any necessary final adjustments to your hearing aids.
Once your hearing aids have been fitted to your complete satisfaction, we will provide you with detailed information on how they should be maintained. Of course, you can have your hearing aids checked by us at any time. This will ensure that the sound quality remains as good as ever, and will extend the life of your aids.
Getting Hearing Aids
Once you have told us your history and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements:
- Which ear has a problem hearing?
- Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?
- Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically to any hearing situation?
- Which aid best suits your hearing loss or your personal situation? A Completely-in-the Ear, In-the-Canal, In-the-Ear (ITE), or behind-the-ear aid (BTE) aid?
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
If you are diagnosed with hearing loss, the next step is to choose the type of hearing aid that matches your type and degree of hearing loss, as well as your lifestyle. During the hearing aid evaluation, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about different styles of hearing aids and how technology and styles vary and can benefit different people. Custom impressions will be taken of your ear during the appointment and sent to the hearing aid manufacturer once you choose the hearing aid you prefer.
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting
After an initial hearing test and diagnosis, the next step toward a life with hearing aids is the hearing aid fitting. This appointment, which lasts between one and two hours, is detailed and meticulous. From your hearing test results, our staff will ensure your hearing aids are programmed correctly. You will also learn all the ins and outs of the hearing aids, including how they function, how to operate them, cleaning instructions, and more. This appointment is a good time to ask any questions you may have about your aids.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Unfortunately, hearing aids sometimes break. When this happens, we offer repair services. Repairing hearing aids is usually cheaper than replacing them; we work hard and carefully to restore your hearing aid back to proper functioning while keeping costs low.
Hearing Evaluations for Children
A hearing test for a child is often not as simple as a hearing test for an adult. For this reason, audiologists are trained in specific techniques to evaluate the hearing of a child. Toys, games, and lights are used in the testing room to help obtain responses from a child to soft tones, noises, or words. The child may wear headphones or listen to the sounds in a room with speakers.
In Office Services
We encourage ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aid(s). We encourage all our patients to come in for regular hearing aid check-ups and cleaning.
Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, and Warranties come with all brands of hearing aids. We offer in-office repairs when possible on most makes/models.
Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
Test & Audiometry
In order to adjust your hearing aid to your individual requirements, we first determine your personal hearing profile, or "audiogram." This is done by testing your ability to hear a variety of speech and environmental sounds.
Tympanometry is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones, by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.