HEARING TESTS & HEARING AIDS

Comprehensive Hearing Loss Treatment In Roanoke, Virginia

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Not being able to hear well can seriously impact your everyday life and your ability to communicate. If you suspect that you may have hearing loss, our experienced in-office audiologists at Roanoke Valley ENT & Allergy can help diagnose you, fit you for hearing aids and set you on the path to better hearing and clearer communication.

Hearing Tests At Roanoke Valley ENT & Allergy

Before you can be fitted for hearing aids, one of our audiologists will conduct a hearing test in order to assess the degree and type of hearing loss you have and recommend the most suitable hearing aid style and technology for you. There are two main types of hearing tests, including:

A screening is a quick and basic evaluation of a patient’s hearing ability to determine if further comprehensive testing is necessary. These screenings are not diagnostic tests, and they do not provide detailed information about the type or degree of hearing loss. It is typically a preliminary step to identify patients who may have hearing problems and require a more in-depth hearing evaluation by an audiologist.

Diagnostic testing for hearing loss is a comprehensive evaluation performed by an audiologist to assess a patient’s hearing ability in detail. This evaluation goes beyond a basic hearing screening and aims to determine the type, degree and configuration of hearing loss, as well as any potential underlying causes. Diagnostic testing helps guide appropriate treatment options, such as hearing aids or medical intervention.

What Are Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids are small electronic devices designed to improve hearing for patients with hearing loss. They are typically worn either inside or behind the ear and are designed to amplify sounds, making them clearer and easier to hear. They can help people with various degrees of hearing loss, from mild to severe.

The basic components of a hearing aids include:

  • Microphone: Converts sounds into electrical signals

  • Amplifier: Strengthens, or amplifies, the electrical signals

  • Receiver Or Speaker: Changes the amplified electrical signals back into sound, which are delivered to the ear

  • Battery: Provides the power necessary to operate the hearing aid

  • Control Settings: Many modern devices come with adjustable settings to adapt to different environments

How Do Hearing Aids Work?

These devices work by detecting sounds in the environment, amplifying them and then transmitting the amplified sound into the ear canal. This process helps patients with hearing loss perceive sounds they might have difficulty hearing otherwise. Hearing aids are available in various styles, including behind-the-ear, in-the-ear (ITE), in-the-canal (ITC) and completely-in-canal (CIC), receiver-in-canal (RIC) or receiver-in-the-ear (RITE). Our audiologists will help you select the best style for you based on your lifestyle, hearing needs and other factors.

Hearing Aid Fittings At Roanoke Valley ENT & Allergy

Hearing aid fittings are essential to using your new hearing aids effectively. At Roanoke Valley ENT & Allergy, a fitting is a personalized and individualized appointment with an audiologist who will program and adjust the hearing aids to meet your specific needs. The process involves:

Based on the hearing evaluation results and the patient’s lifestyle and preferences, the audiologist will recommend specific hearing aids that best match their needs.

The chosen hearing aids are then customized and programmed using specialized software to match the patient’s hearing prescription. The audiologist will adjust various settings, such as volume, amplification levels and frequency response, to optimize the patient’s experience.

After programming the devices, the audiologist will conduct real-ear measurements or use other verification methods to ensure that the hearing aids are providing the appropriate amount of amplification.

Our audiologist will provide instructions on how to insert, remove and care for your hearing aids. They will also educate the wearer on communication strategies to enhance their listening experience.

Follow-up appointments after the initial fitting are necessary to fine-tune the hearing aid settings based on the patient’s feedback and experiences in different listening environments. Adjustments may be necessary to optimize performance and comfort.

Do You Need Hearing Tests & Hearing Aids?

If you suspect that you may be a good candidate for hearing tests and hearing aids, request an appointment with our team at Roanoke Valley ENT & Allergy. Our team can swiftly diagnose your hearing issues and determine which hearing aid type is best for you. To request an appointment, call us at (540) 655-1888 or fill out our online appointment request form.

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