Audiologists are professionals trained in the assessment and treatment of hearing disorders. They examine individuals of all ages and identify those with the symptoms of hearing loss and other auditory, balance, and related sensory and neural problems.
At Confluence we offer a range of treatments for hearing-related problems and disorders from infants to geriatric patients. Whether you have hearing loss, trouble with balance, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears), Confluence Health audiologists will provide comprehensive testing and treatment options for your hearing disorders.
If a hearing loss is suspected, an appointment with one of our certified Audiologists should be made for the purposes of testing and evaluation. Audiology Clinic’s doctors can test the hearing of anyone from 4 to 104 years of age.
After the age of 50, a regular hearing test should be considered as important as one’s yearly physical checkup.
Testing is painless, comfortable and safe. Basically, it consists of answering questions about your hearing health, recognizing everyday words at different volume levels, and identifying different sounds.
Your ability to hear each tone, or frequency, produces a unique hearing pattern which is recorded on an audiogram.
The test is completed in a sound booth using earphones and bone conduction oscillator. The Audiologist then uses the audiogram to determine the type and severity of hearing loss. These tests should help determine whether a hearing loss is best treated medically or with hearing aids.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment
If you think you are suffering with tinnitus (“ringing in the ears”) we offer several diagnostic tests and self-assessment surveys to determine the cause of the tinnitus and its psychological impact. Tests are performed to determine if the cause of the tinnitus is related to middle ear or inner ear problems as well as possible auditory nerve abnormalities. The tone or pitch of the tinnitus as well as its volume is also determined to help assess the best management option. These options may include dietary changes, medication review, masking devices, hearing aids, or Tinnitus Retraining therapy (TRT).