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Remote Hearing Care
Whether you are unable to leave your home or simply cannot reach our physical office, our practice is now offering telehealth services for hearing loss and hearing aids. You may already be familiar with telehealth as primary care physicians have been utilizing this form of medicine for more than a decade, but hearing health professionals are now offering this convenience as well.
How does hearing health telemedicine work?
Similar to the telemedicine offered by physicians, this service enables our professionals to assist you with problems you may have involving hearing loss, hearing aid care, maintenance and adjustments, through a device that connects to the internet, such as a computer, tablet or mobile device.
What services are offered through hearing specialists?
To utilize telehealth services, you will schedule an appointment with a hearing provider. Before your appointment, you will log onto the telehealth platform, where you will be connected with your specialist. The scope of telemedicine services for hearing healthcare is still growing, but we can currently provide assistance on the following:
Hearing loss assessment and identification
Online hearing testing has evolved over the years to become much more intuitive than the surveys of the past. With the help of a hearing care professional, you can be guided through a series of evaluations that can indicate the presence of a problem with your auditory system. While the accuracy of results can vary based on your specific system, the testing process has been refined to provide important details to your hearing specialist to help them determine how to best treat you.
Hearing aid selection
If you could benefit from the use of hearing technology, our specialists will take time to educate you on the different types available to you. This means talking about how they fit in or behind the ear, as well as the proper care.
Hearing aid fine-tuning
If you already have hearing aids, we can use remote programming to view your current settings and make adjustments based on your past hearing test results. With this technology, we are able to help adjust volume controls, noise reduction, directional microphones and tone control.
Hearing aid maintenance
If you’re unsure how to take care of your hearing aids, we can help walk you through this process. From what tools you should be using to how frequently, we’re happy to ensure you are properly cleaning and maintaining your technology.
Telemedicine is opening a number of doors in our industry to provide the best care possible to our patients. Whether you have limited mobility or simply can’t make it to our office, learn more about how we can still serve your hearing healthcare needs; conveniently and quickly.
Hearing Care for Infants and Children
Speech, learning or behavioral issues are often the first indicators of a possible hearing problem. These problems arise when a child has a hearing deficit. Pediatric audiologists can diagnose and treat speech and hearing disorders.
What is pediatric audiology?
Pediatric audiology is a type of healthcare offered to both infants and young children who are experiencing hearing problems or sound recognition issues. Audiologic intervention involves both diagnostic and rehabilitation services, which are used to determine the type and degree of the hearing loss and treat it accordingly. Identifying hearing problems early in a child’s life is essential for normal speech and language development, as well as social development.
What is a pediatric audiologist?
A pediatric audiologist is a specialist within the medical field who works with pediatric patients who have hearing, balance or speech deficits. They are skilled professionals who use different forms of testing in order to find the problem and then determine which method of treatment is best.
What services do pediatric audiologists offer?
The services offered by a pediatric audiologist vary according to the condition and symptoms as well as the age of the patient. The hearing specialist will perform hearing tests in order to determine the type and degree of the child’s deficit. These tests may include behavioral tone testing, speech testing, middle ear function testing as well as electrophysiological testing such as auditory brainstem response (ABR). After the examination and diagnosis, the pediatric audiologist will work to find the best method of treatment for your child. They may use certain devices, such as hearing aids, to treat problems with hearing. Also, therapy may be utilized in order to treat certain hearing problems, such as a sensory hearing condition.
Indicators of hearing loss in children:
- Speech and language delays
- Listens to TV or music at loud levels
- Speaks loudly
- Asks to have things repeated
- Attention problems
- Only responds when face-to-face
- Has a delayed reaction when spoken to
- Has no response when called upon
- Has trouble following directions
What can I expect at a pediatric audiology appointment?
When you bring your child in for a pediatric audiology appointment, you will be asked to describe what areas of concern you have regarding the child’s hearing, speech and language or balance. Be sure to ask questions in order to ensure you have the information you need. They will discuss the types of testing used to evaluate and diagnose the problem, which may be done that day or scheduled for a later appointment. At the time of the testing, the pediatric audiologist will tell you what problems were found, as well as what method of treatment is recommended. The pediatric audiologist will provide information regarding the hearing deficit and offers insight as to why this type of issue occurs along with the success rate of the treatment options.