Hearing and Hearing Aids

The ENT physicians and our certified audiologist collaborate closely to manage all ear-related diagnoses. This collaboration enables us to identify and treat problems more quickly and systematically all under one roof. While only 5 to 10 % of hearing problems are medically or surgically treatable, the next steps for proper treatment only come from an accurate diagnosis. For children, the presence of ear disease, such as ear infections, is typically much higher than for adults. Other medically treatable and surgical treatments for various causes of hearing loss include:

 
  • Otitis externa and Otitis media

  • Tympanic membrane perforations

  • Eustachian tube dysfunction

  • Otosclerosis

  • Cholesteatomas

  • Congenital malformations

  • Cerumen buildup

 

Our audiology services include:

 
  • Comprehensive audiologic evaluations

  • Pediatric audiologic evaluations, including Visual Reinforcement Audiometry

  • Tympanometry and Middle Ear assessment

  • Otoacoustic Emissions testing

  • Auditory rehabilitation

 

If your comprehensive audiologic evaluation indicates that your problem cannot be surgically or medically managed, additional testing will determine if you are a good hearing aid candidate. Our audiologist utilizes the most advanced state-of-the-art equipment and diagnostic testing for these disorders:

 
  • Digital hearing aid consultation, evaluation, and fitting

  • Real Ear Measurements

  • Validation and verification testing

  • Hearing aid services and repairs

 

Miscellaneous
  • Cochlear Implant mapping

  • Bone anchored hearing aids programming

  • Cerumen (earwax) removal

  • Custom hearing protection, musician earplugs/monitors, swimplugs, etc.

  • Assistive listening devices and alerting devices

Untreated Hearing Loss linked to Cognitive Decline and other Health Risks

 

Hearing, or the perception of sound, is an essential sense for individuals to communicate and make countless connections to the world around them. It is well documented in the literature that hearing loss, if untreated, can lead to negative consequences such as social isolation, depression, cognitive decline, a higher risk of falling, an increased risk of developing dementia, among many other comorbidities (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, etc.).

 

Research has shown that for individuals who have a hearing loss and actively using hearing aids, the risk of cognitive decline may be reduced. A person with hearing loss who does NOT use hearing aids has a higher risk of accelerated cognitive decline due to withdrawal from social activities and structural changes seen within the auditory cortex through MRI studies. This phenomenon is thought to occur due to auditory deprivation, a condition that causes the brain to lose its ability to interpret words from a lack of stimulation over an extended period of time due to hearing loss.

Where do I go?

 

Investing in your hearing healthcare can be a challenging decision for an individual to make, especially if they have never worn hearing aids before. You as consumers are bombarded with marketing advertisements on a daily basis about where to go to seek help, what products to use, and who to receive these professional services from. Due to the complexity on how to navigate this process, it is so important to work with an ENT/audiology professional that you know and trust. It is the patient-provider relationship built upon integrity and trust that will ensure you are guided in the right direction.

 

What hearing aid do I need?

 

There is no cookie-cutter approach to a better hearing solution, it is tailored to the individual wants, needs, lifestyle, and budget. Hearing aids come in a variety of styles and sizes, and our audiologist will help to determine which style is best fit for your degree and type of hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.

 

What does hearing aid treatment cost?

 

Hearing aid treatment plans vary in cost based upon the treatment services selected (one vs two ears, high-end vs. low-end technology, un-bundled vs bundled service packages, etc.). We want to help as many patients with hearing loss as we can, so we aim to make all treatment options affordable, in addition to offering 0% interest financing options through Wells Fargo’s Health Advantage Plan. Some insurances also have benefits for hearing aids, which would lower your overall treatment costs.

 

What does the hearing aid treatment include?

 

Robb Family ENT offers comprehensive and individualized hearing treatment plans for various communication needs and lifestyles. To ensure improved hearing and communication for all of our patients, we follow best practice protocols which include the following services:

 

Implementation and Evaluation

 

  • Fitting Appointment

    • Your hearing instruments will be programmed and customized to maximize your hearing and communication.

  • Trial Period

    • You will have a 30 day trial period with your hearing instruments. Within the trial period, you can change the technology level or style of the device.

  • Follow-Up Visits/Retraining Time

    • After your initial fitting appointment, follow-up visits for hearing aid adjustments, fine-tuning and re-programming of the device is required. There is an unlimited amount of visits during your trial period to adjust and fine-tune the instruments to various listening preferences.

  • Verification of Better Hearing

    • Testing will be completed during the trial period to verify appropriate fit and programming of the hearing instruments, and to track patient satisfaction.

 
Ongoing Care

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  • Complimentary Clean and Checks for the life of the devices

  • Complimentary reprogramming and adjustments of the devices as needed

  • Verification testing to ensure the instruments are working to the best of their ability

  • Introduction of new treatment options and technological developments as needed

 

Product Protection

 

  • 3 Year(s) Repair Warranty

  • 3 Year(s) Loss & Damage Warranty

  • Enrollment in our Free Battery Program

 

Download our hearing assessment form here .

 

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