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Audiological Services available at a typical Center

Hearing Testing:
Complete audiological evaluations for adults and children. Information is used in the diagnosis of hearing loss and surgical or medical concerns. Preferably, these hearing tests will be performed in a sound proof booth.

Immittance Measures:
Tympanometry, acoustic reflexes and acoustic reflex decay to test middle ear function. These tests are part of special protocols for site of lesion assessments.

Auditory Brainstem Response:
Testing to objectively measure hearing when conventional testing cannot be used. It is also used to rule out retrocochlear pathology.

Hearing Aids:
Hearing aid selection, real ear measurements, hearing aid dispensing and repair of most manufacturer's aids. Hearing aids are available for special needs such as rechargeable aids, programmable aids with remote controls, ultra miniature completely in-the-canal aids, CROS/BICROS aids, and FM/BTE systems.

Custom swim molds to keep water out of the ears, musicians' plugs, noise protectors and earmolds for pocket-style and ear-level hearing aids.

Assistive Listening Devices:
Instruments used with or without hearing aids to help reduce background noise and the adverse effects of distance between the speaker and listener. A demonstration and consultation may be scheduled to select appropriate devices for the hearing impaired individual.

Central Auditory Processing:
Diagnostic testing of children and adults to determine auditory processing deficits. Information is used when making educational recommendations and establishing appropriate follow-up therapy.

Aural Rehabilitation:
Speech reading strategies, lip reading, pronunciation and auditory training.

Industrial Hearing Screening:
Testing performed at industrial sites to ascertain the present hearing ability of employees exposed to damaging levels of noise.

School based Hearing Screening:
Quick screening tests performed at schools to discover if any children have a hearing loss greater than about 20dB. For children with suspected hearing loss, follow-up tests are performed at The Center.

Sign Language
The audiological staff may be able to use sign language and cued speech to communicate with hard of hearing individuals who know those languages.