Your first visit in 5 easy steps
Step 1: When you arrive, you will be greeted by our friendly front office staff. Paperwork is kept short and simple, and we are happy to walk you through any questions that you have.
Step 2: Next, you will meet with our audiologist, Dr. Meg. She will start with a detailed interview about your hearing health history. She will ask you about hearing, tinnitus, sound sensitivity, and related health issues. It can be helpful to have someone with you to share what they notice too. If you are not sure where to begin, we have several questionnaires to walk you through it.
Step 3: Dr. Meg will discuss in detail any testing we plan to do based on your needs and complete that testing with you.
Step 4: After testing is complete, Dr. Meg will go through the results with you and answer your questions. As a firm believer in Patient Education, Dr. Meg will assure you are fully informed before making any decisions regarding your healthcare. She will thoroughly explain all test results in a way you will understand.
Step 5: After assessment and results, Dr. Meg will then talk you through the next steps and treatment recommendations from custom earplugs to sound therapy to hearing aids. When you visit her office, she will explain your testing and results in terms anyone can clearly understand. Patient leave with a full hearing health report written in clear, layperson language.
Hearing loss can be tested and measured, and many forms of hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids. But sometimes hearing rehabilitation is also a necessary part of the process. Hearing losses can be layered. There can be a combination of hearing loss and trouble making sense of what you do hear. In these cases, your brain is no longer in the habit of interpreting sound. Since brains are efficient and stop devoting energy when something is not in use, if you aren’t hearing a full range of sound, your brain diverts its attention away from sound and into something else.
When this happens, hearing aids can be very helpful, but they’re not the whole puzzle, just one piece of it. In this case, you’ll also have to retrain your brain to get used to understanding what your hearing aids let you hear again. We can give you hearing rehabilitation treatment in the form of listening exercises and additional counseling, and we may consider using assisted listening devices to give you direct access to the sounds you need to focus on.
Tinnitus & Treatment
Tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears, can occur with hearing loss or on its own. It ranges from mild (barely noticeable) to severe (detrimental to your quality of life). If you’ve got tinnitus severe enough that it interrupts your day, you may have a hard time focusing because it’s that prevalent and that loud. It’s like a dark room with a candle lit in the middle of the room. You can’t really focus on anything but that light. Tinnitus therapy, which we also call sound therapy, is like turning on a lamp in the corner of that room.
It helps you focus less on the tinnitus sound, training your brain to ignore the tinnitus so that it’s not interrupting your life. Hearing aids are often part of that conversation, but so are behavioral modification and breathing exercises. On a surface level, hearing aids either work for tinnitus or they don’t. But tinnitus training therapy is a full treatment program that can help you regardless of whether hearing aids address your tinnitus or not.