Audiology services in cumming, GA
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation
We offer comprehensive diagnostic audiological evaluations to determine your current hearing abilities and whether you could benefit from treatment. Here’s what to expect:
Evaluation For Hearing Aids
Following your audiological evaluation, you may find that you could benefit from hearing aids. One of the main services we provide is to help you navigate the array of aids that are currently available. Hearing technology is advancing quickly, and we remain up-to-date on the latest features and aids on the market. Most hearing aids today are digital devices composed of three major parts: microphone, amplifier, and receiver. The different types of hearing aids have to do with the placement, size, and capability of these basic components. Although the effect is similar, each individual will prefer a different hearing aid based on personal needs and preferences.
During this hearing aid evaluation, we guide you through all the available options and find the right hearing aid for you. While some people want hearing aids to assist in conversation, others need them for work or leisure activities. With your personal audiogram and consultation completed, we can evaluate which kind of hearing ad will be best suited to your needs.
Hearing Aid Dispensing And Fitting
After your hearing aids have been selected, we will customize them to suit your hearing needs. This is the hearing aid “fitting” process. The physical part of the fitting ensures that your devices are comfortable and fit properly. We also “fit” the hearing aids by fine-tuning them to ensure that they meet your specific hearing needs. We'll explain how to operate your new hearing aid at this stage too. We clarify how the device can best be inserted and removed, cleaned, and maintained.
This appointment is a significant stage in the process and usually will take at least one hour. You should reserve sufficient time for the best hearing experience and fit. It might also be worth bringing a family member into the hearing aid to help you remember all the additional information that we'll give you.
Live Speech Mapping
To ensure that your hearing aids meet your specific hearing needs, live speech mapping is a gold standard in audiology. Live speech mapping is a form of Real Ear Measurement that allows us to measure how well your hearing aids perform in real environments in real-time. Since hearing aid fittings typically happen in quiet offices, live speech mapping is the most accurate way to program hearing aids, giving you a realistic visual of how hearing aids truly make a difference in hearing.
Hearing Aid Repair And Maintenance
Even with routine care, any hearing aid will gradually wear out. If that happens to you, then do not despair! We can repair these for you. Any minor repairs to hearing aids in our office may be completed quickly, depending on what is wrong. Others would have to be sent to the manufacturer for repair.
Some common repairs to a hearing aid include repairing or replacing:
- A damaged hook to the ear
- A broken microphone
- Connected tubing which is clogged up
- A broken battery compartment
The cost of repairing a broken or damaged hearing aid depends on a few things: Hearing aid insurance, device failure, and replacement parts costs. If your hearing aid has been purchased from us and is still under warranty, it's not likely to cost much at all. Contact us today to see how we can revive your hearing aid!
It might surprise you to learn how low the threshold for damaging sound is. Recommendations from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggest exposure to 85 decibels of sound for no more than 8 hours per day. For this reason, we offer custom earplugs and hunter plugs from manufacturers such as Starkey and Westone.
Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE) is an interactive computer-based program designed to improve hearing and speech comprehension for people with hearing loss. Created by audiologists at the University of California San Francisco, LACE is an auditory training program that retrains the brain to better understand speech in tough listening environments.