Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Since 1978, the Hearing Care Center has offered comprehensive audiology and hearing aid services to both children and adults. You will work with Dr. Eackles or Dr. Campbell, one of our certified audiologists, and talk about your symptoms, your concerns and your unique situation. Then we will begin your comprehensive hearing evaluation to ensure the most complete, accurate assessment available. Only after our audiologists have determined the degree of your hearing loss can we make a forthright recommendation, one based on fact, not in an attempt to sell you something you might not need. If we determine that you do need a hearing aid, you will meet with Dr. Eackles or Dr. Campbell to discuss your options. You'll be glad to know we offer a variety of brands, models and types, depending on your specific needs and preferences.
We will never sell you a product and send you on your way. That's just not the way we do things. We'll make sure you a get a precise fit and that you are completely informed about and comfortable with your personal hearing device, including the maintenance and cleaning of your instruments.
Adult and Pediatric Evaluations
If you or your child has been referred for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation, it means that hearing loss needs to be ruled out or further examined.
We keep a supply of batteries for you to purchase in our office. Stop in routinely for fresh batteries. Make sure to check the batteries in your hearing devices often and make sure there is no dirt, wax or debris interfering with the batteries performance. Batteries that are properly charged will make a noise (a squeal) when cupped in your hand or after it has been inserted in your ear, when you cup your hand over the hearing aid it will also make a noise.
- Size 10 (yellow)
- Size 312 (brown)
- Size 13 (orange)
- Size 675 (blue)
Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
Custom ear molds are required for some behind-the-ear (BTE) and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) style hearing instruments. If ear molds are required for your hearing instruments, impressions will be taken of your ears.
Hearing Aid Evaluation
During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with Dr. Eackles or Dr. Campbell who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, technologies, and benefits to wearing hearing devices. You may be shown different styles or have the opportunity to try different hearing devices in the office. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing device chosen.
Hearing Aid Fitting
At the hearing aid fitting, you will receive the hearing devices you selected. They are programmed based on a prescription that is specific to each person’s hearing loss. Either Dr. Eackles or Dr. Campbell may make adjustments after you try the hearing aids to make sure the settings and fit are ideal for you.
Hearing Aid Repair
Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your audiologist can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing device is not working properly.
Hearing Protections & Musicians Earplugs
Sudden or prolonged exposure to loud noise can damage your hearing. Hearing protection is extremely important for anyone who is regularly in a high-noise environment; including construction workers, factory workers, target shooters, motorcyclists and musicians.
Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
Tympanometry is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones, by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.
VNG Balance Evaluations
Videonystagmography evaluates the function of the vestibular portion of the inner ear for patients who are experiencing symptoms of vertigo, unsteadiness, dizziness, and other balance disorders. Hearing evaluation tests are frequently combined with vestibular studies for the identification of inner ear disorders.