AUDIOLOGY SERVICES

Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations


Hearing tests are the first step to better hearing. Hearing tests are simple, noninvasive, and painless procedures that will determine your current hearing abilities and identify whether a hearing loss is present. Our Board-Certified Doctor of Audiology will guide you through the process. When you come in for a hearing test, your audiologist will meet with you to discuss your experiences with hearing, your employment, your lifestyle (hobbies, activities, etc.), and your medical history. There will be a quick physical examination of your ears to see if there is any injury or blockage. Then, you will be given a series of tests in a soundproof booth; your audiologist will give you instructions every step of the way. Results are recorded in an audiogram (a visual representation of your hearing abilities, by ear).

It is recommended that people age 50 or older schedule an annual hearing test. Even if a hearing loss is not detected, it is important to track your hearing abilities year by year.

Hearing Aid Fitting


Hearing is a highly personal experience, which is why we take hearing aid fittings seriously. Whether you are new to hearing aids or you are upgrading to a new pair, our audiologist at Aspire Hearing and Balance will work with you to find the best solution for your specific needs. We offer state-of-the-art, advanced, smart hearing aids that provide flexible features and detailed customization to ensure that you are hearing at your best. As your audiologist, we are committed to improving your hearing health. Based on your hearing abilities and your lifestyle needs, we will find the best hearing aid for you.

The hearing aid fitting process also involves a series of appointments to make sure that your hearing aids physically fit properly and perform optimally.

Real Ear Verification


Real ear verification is a procedure to assist us in fitting and programming new hearing aids. This procedure is designed to ensure that your hearing aid fitting is accurate, and that your hearing aids meet your specific hearing needs. After you have completed a hearing test and a hearing loss is detected, we will work with you to determine the best course of treatment. Because hearing is a highly personal experience, we use a series of programs and tools to ensure that your instruments meet your specific needs. Real ear verification consists of a number of measurements that replicate speech and sounds in real-world conditions. This ensures that when you leave the quiet environment of our office, your hearing aids function as accurately as possible.

Hearing Aid Repair


Though they’re well-designed and sturdy, hearing aids will require repair every now and then. As with all electronics that are used daily, hearing aids are subject to the wear and tear of everyday activity. Your audiologist will give you tips on common problems and fixes that can be performed at home. However, we ask that you do not go too in-depth with your home-repairs, as any self-inflicted problems could nullify manufacturer warranties.

If the fixes we recommend do not work, bring them in for repair. Our staff is trained to provide repairs.

Cochlear Implant Evaluation & Mapping


In some cases, hearing loss occurs due to problems of the inner ear. While hearing aids use acoustic energy to send sound waves through the outer, middle, and inner ear, a cochlear implant uses electrical energy to send electrical pulses directly to the inner ear and to the brain. While a cochlear implant is not a quick fix to treat severe to profound hearing loss, it is a treatment that brings many people sound and joy to improve their quality of life, especially when hearing aids could no longer do the job. They are recommended for people who experience severe to profound hearing loss, or deafness. Our audiologist perform cochlear implant evaluations to determine if a person qualifies for an implant and follow up care of cochlear implant mapping to continue to program, adjust, and monitor the implant and processor.

Osseointegrated Implant Evaluations & Programming (BAHAS)


For people who require hearing intervention beyond hearing aids, we offer osseointegrated implant evaluations and programming, otherwise known as BAHA. This procedure consists of surgically implanting a titanium post which connects to an external processing device that sits on the surface of your skin. BAHA takes advantage of the process of sound waves moving through the patient’s mastoid bone and transmits sound directly to the inner ear. BAHAs are approved for people age 5 and older and must have a hearing condition that is untreatable by hearing aids.

At Aspire Hearing, we conduct a comprehensive hearing evaluation in order to determine your current hearing abilities and whether BAHA will be useful. This form of treatment is useful for mixed types of hearing loss, and sensorineural hearing loss.

Assistive Listening Devices


Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are designed for people who need an extra boost in listening. Whether it is an airport or a restaurant, there are times when background noise could interfere with our listening – even if we use hearing aids.

There are many different ALDs available. Infrared or FM waves pick up sounds, amplify them, and deliver them to a device worn around your neck. These are useful for amplifying speakers’ voices in meetings or streaming you sounds from your favorite TV shows and movies at home. Other ALDs include captioned phones, which provide hard of hearing people a live transcription of phone calls.

To learn more about our assistive listening offerings, contact us at Aspire Hearing and Balance.

Custom Hearing Protection


As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We experience many sounds day in and day out that could gradually damage our hearing. Hearing loss is a permanent condition, so once you experience it, there is no cure. This is why we’re just as committed to hearing protection as we are to hearing solutions!

At Aspire Hearing and Balance, we offer custom hearing protection for many different situations. Custom hearing protection is designed to fit you personally, made from a mold of your ears. This solution provides better coverage than generic foam or silicon earplugs. Our custom hearing protection options are ideal for people from diverse walks of lives, from construction workers to musicians to sports fans to hunters. Contact us for more information.

Musicians’ in-ear monitors: For musicians, the sense of hearing is the most important one. At Aspire Hearing, we understand that musicians must simultaneously protect their hearing while being able to access the nuances of sound within their performances. For professional (and amateur) musicians, we offer musicians’ in-ear monitors. Designed specifically to protect musicians from mid to low frequencies of sound, musicians’ in-ear monitors are custom molded for a snug fit. In-ear monitors allow musicians to hear their music as their audiences would, while protecting them from the dangerously loud sounds coming from speakers at live venues.

Swim ear plugs: Whether you are a professional athlete or an avid swimmer for exercise, it is important to protect your ears. Water may get trapped in your ear canals and could lead to infection, which in turn could lead to hearing loss. Swim ear plugs are molded to fit your ears, comfortably protecting them from bacteria and water that could lead to infection.

Ear molds for hearing aids: Certain hearing aid models require custom molds to fit your ears and ear canals. Custom ear molds are required for receiver-in-canal, invisible-in-canal, completely-in-canal, and in-the-ear (half shell, full shell) hearing aids. Ear molds are a crucial part of your listening experience, as a loose or ill-fitting ear mold could lead to sound leakage, buzzing, whistling, or feedback. For a secure and accurate fit, visit us at Aspire Hearing for custom hearing aid ear molds.

Balance Assessment


Our vestibular (balance) system is closely linked to our auditory system. Within your inner ear, the vestibular system consists of semicircular canals and endolymph fluid. As we move, endolymph fluid shifts in the canals, which lie at different angles, and activate inner ear hair cells, notifying our brains of our location in space. It is estimated that 40% of Americans will experience dizziness at some point in their lifetime – but if dizziness or vertigo are consistent and chronic, it could be an issue with balance.

Here at Aspire Hearing and Balance, we provide balance assessments to determine possible causes for either dizziness, vertigo, or imbalance. Conditions related to balance disorders include Meniere’s disease, labyrinthitis (inflammation of the inner ear), perilymph fistula (leakage of inner ear fluid), or other complications with the inner ear.

Positional Vertigo Treatment


Our vestibular (balance) system is closely linked to our auditory system. Within your inner ear, the vestibular system consists of semicircular canals and endolymph fluid. As we move, endolymph fluid shifts in the canals, which lie at different angles, and activate inner ear hair cells, notifying our brains of our location in space. It is estimated that 40% of Americans will experience dizziness at some point in their lifetime – but if dizziness or vertigo are consistent and chronic, it could be an issue with balance.

Here at Aspire Hearing, we provide balance testing to determine possible causes for the disorder. Balance testing may occur at the patient’s bedside or at our office. Our balance tests include a review of the patient’s medical case history to determine a possible cause for the disorder, a vestibular ocular reflex test to follow the movement of your eyes, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV) assessment.

BPPV occurs when the calcium carbonate crystals, or otoconia, in your inner ear are dislodged and migrate to the fluid-filled semi-circular canals that regulate balance in your vestibular system. The dislodgment of these crystals could send inaccurate messages to your brain signifying movement, which causes your eyes to move unnecessarily (creating an experience of the world “spinning”). If BPPV is detected, we provide treatment with a canalith repositioning procedure (CRP). This procedure consists of a series of repositioning movements to move otoconia out of the canals; it has an 80% success rate of treating vertigo and may require one to two treatments.