Better Hearing of Madison County handles the hearing health needs of adults and children. Great care is possible by accurately diagnosing and catering to the individual hearing issues of patients. Gaining an understanding of the condition is only the first step to finding a complete resolution. With the correct guidance, treatments are possible for all speech, balance and hearing-related disorders.
Earwax buildup is a serious issue that can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. Removing the blockage is painless, noninvasive and can be done in less than an hour. Methods of removal are water irrigation or ear syringing. Professional removal with home irrigation kits leads to a powerful combo that combats future earwax blockage. When the condition is left untreated, tinnitus may form as a common side effect.Learn More
Evaluation for Hearing Aids
During the evaluation for hearing aids, a hearing specialist will recommend the most compatible devices. Even with this recommendation, the final choice is up to the patient. Current hearing health plays a role in what device will work best, but it can also be a decision based on your budget and lifestyle habits.Learn More
A trial period may be available for certain hearing aids. This helps acclimate the user with specific features, or advanced hardware options. After getting a better understanding of what works best, the patient can choose the current hearing device or request something that matches their specific tastes.
Hearing Aid Fitting and Programming
During the fitting, the patient gets to try on their personal hearing aids for the first time. They are custom-fit variants preprogrammed based off of the patient’s hearing condition. Final adjustments are made during the fitting using live speech mapping, guaranteeing accuracy and cutting down on future visits for readjustments. Patients are encouraged to ask any hearing-related questions during the fitting.Learn More
Hearing Aid Repair and Maintenance
Regular care and maintenance will prevent hearing aids from breaking down. Care instructions are provided during the fitting that includes battery information and cleaning tips. When regular home maintenance fails to revive a hearing device, users can always take it in for an in-office repair. Devices that are damaged beyond normal repair have to be shipped off to the manufacturer. In this case, temporary hearing aids can be provided by the office until the originals come back.Learn More
To improve the accuracy of a hearing test, a patient’s previous medical history is required. Hearing specialists are trained to test for hearing-related issues that point to the root cause of the condition. Tests are performed to check the inner, outer and middle ear. Common tests to expect during an initial visit are speech, bone/air conduction or auditory brainstem response (ABR). Additional tests performed are based on the age and current health condition of the patient.Learn More