A Doctor of Audiology, or audiologist, is a licensed healthcare professional specializing in identifying, diagnosing, treating, managing and monitoring hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders. At the Audiology Clinic, we treat hearing loss and related auditory problems in individuals of all ages. The clinic works in close cooperation with a variety of specialists to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic testing for patients with any degree of hearing loss or communicative impairment.
Audiologists also help design and implement personal and industrial hearing safety programs, newborn hearing screening programs, and provide special-fitting ear plugs and other hearing protection devices to help prevent hearing loss. If you suspect you have hearing loss, the first step is to have a hearing evaluation with a licensed audiologist and a medical examination with a physician who specializes in hearing disorders. Both of these examinations can be done at the InterMed Otolaryngology and Audiology Clinic.
Audiology at InterMed is a full service practice offering the following:
Adults: Hearing evaluations involve measuring hearing sensitivity and speech understanding. Middle ear function is assessed. Test interpretation, counseling, and treatment recommendations are provided.
Children: Hearing evaluations involve behavioral assessment of hearing and evaluation of middle ear function. Interpretation of results, counseling, and treatment recommendations are discussed with the child’s parent or guardian.
Auditory Brain Stem Response (ABR): ABR is the measurement of neural activity in response to sound. This noninvasive procedure assesses the neural integrity of the acoustic nerve.
Newborn ABR Hearing Screening: The ABR test is provided to our youngest patients as a screening mechanism to detect hearing loss in infants from birth to five months.
Hearing Aid Consultation and Fittings
If the hearing evaluation indicates that hearing aids are needed, the audiologist will discuss which hearing aid options are most appropriate. State-of-the-art digital circuitry hearing technologies are available. Hearing aid fitting with counseling and follow-up visits are also provided. Hearing aids come with a repair warranty with damage coverage from the manufacturer and a service plan provided by InterMed Audiology.
Bone anchored hearing prostheses (Baha implants) are surgically implanted to allow sound to be conducted through the bone instead of the middle ear. They are designed for individuals with conductive or mixed loss, or for single-sided deafness. Services include evaluation for candidacy, programming of the processor and follow-up.
Specially designed, custom-fit swim molds block water from getting into your ears and help prevent infections and discomfort.
Hearing Protection Plugs
Form-fitting ear plugs protect ears from excessive levels of noise and help prevent hearing damage due to heavy equipment, power tools, firearms, etc.
Musician’s Ear Plugs
Custom-made in-ear filters to preserve sound quality and provide acoustic protection for musicians.