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Improve Your Hearing with the Help of Our Audiologists

Audiologists are highly trained professionals who know how to evaluate the hearing of adults and children of all ages. When needed, audiologists can dispense and fit hearing aids, recommend other assistive listening devices, or recommend referral to a doctor.


How We Can Help You

The following services are available from our audiologists. To schedule an appointment, please call 262-687-8210.

Hearing Evaluations

Several tests are commonly used to evaluate the hearing of newborns, children and adults. These include the following hearing evaluations:

  • Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation – The purpose of this test is to determine the softest sounds a person can hear and then diagnose whether hearing loss has occurred and to what degree. The test includes listening for beeps through head phones (for air conduction testing) and through a bone oscillator (for bone conduction testing). The test also includes speech testing.
  • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) – This procedure is used to test infants and young children ages four months to three years. The child sits on a parent's lap. When an auditory signal or sound is introduced by the audiologist, the child will turn his or her head to see where the sound is coming from.
  • Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA) – When testing children ages three to five, the child puts a ball in a bucket or stacks a block on a tower when a beep is heard. These activities make it easier for the child to stay on task so that more accurate test results can be achieved.
  • Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE) – This is a test of the integrity of the inner ear. In conjunction with other tests, DPOAEs can help an audiologist determine if hearing loss is present in one or both ears.

Special Testing for Ear Function

Audiologists use some of these tests to determine problems with balance or how the ear is functioning:

  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) – This test requires no response from the patient. Electrodes placed on the ear record brain waves in response to tones presented to the ear. This measures the function of the acoustic neural pathways beyond the inner ear.
  • Videonystagmography (VNG) – This is a test for patients who have been experiencing dizziness or imbalance. The test allows the audiologist to record and analyze eye movements, measuring the function of the inner ear in terms of balance in regard to eye movement.
  • Reflex testing – This is a test of the contraction of one or both of the middle-ear muscles in response to a loud sound in order to help determine problems in the acoustic neural pathways beyond the inner ear.
  • Tympanometry – This is a quick test in which the pressure between a probe tip and the eardrum is gradually changed to measure eardrum movement and help determine middle ear function.

Audiology Devices

Hearing aids, assistive listening devices and other items can be dispensed and fit by our audiologists.

  • Hearing Aid Evaluation, Fitting and Supplies – A hearing aid evaluation consists of a personalized interview so that the audiologist can best fit the level of technology and style of hearing aid with the patient's communication needs. During a hearing aid fitting there is one-on-one instruction to teach the patient how to use and program the hearing aid.
  • Digital Hearing Aid Technology – There are varying levels of technology, from basic to advanced, to meet a person's individual needs. Digital hearing aids also are available in a variety of different sizes and styles.
  • Assistive Listening Devices – Audiologists can help identify other devices that make communication easier for those with hearing difficulties. Examples include amplified telephones, TV "listening ears," and other alerting and listening devices for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Ear and Hearing Protection – Audiologists are able to help select and take ear impressions for custom-fit earplugs. This includes earplugs for reduction of loud noise, specialty earplugs like musician’s earplugs, or earplugs for keeping water out of the ear.

Our Team

Audiologists, who are trained in the science of hearing, use a wide variety of tests to determine your exact hearing problem. Audiologists have either a master's or a doctoral degree in audiology and must maintain state and national licensure.

For more information about our audiology services or to schedule an appointment, please call 262-687-8210.

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