Hearing Services

Hearing Services

We offer comprehensive hearing services and individualized care in order to enhance your hearing health and daily life. Our services include:

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Hearing Test

Treating hearing loss starts by taking a hearing test. Conducted by our Doctor of Audiology, this process is non-invasive and painless! Your hearing test in Wilmington, NC consists of:
  • Consultation

    The hearing test starts with a conversation so we can get to know you and learn about your hearing health. This helps us gain a greater understanding of what could be impacting your hearing. We will ask about your hearing health concerns, medical history, and lifestyle. This helps us determine your unique listening lifestyle.

  • Ear Inspection

    After this intake conversation, our Audiologist will inspect your ears with an otoscope – an instrument with a flashlight that allows the ears to be thoroughly examined. This is to check if there are any blockages, injuries, earwax, or anything else that could be blocking sound.

  • Tympanometry

    This is a quick test that allows us to see how well the eardrums move. This test can show us any complications in the middle ear space.

  • Hearing Exam

    The actual hearing test consists of wearing headphones in a quiet room as our Audiologist guides you through different sounds which will be played at various pitches. You will indicate what you can hear and this information will be tracked throughout the process.

  • Speech In Noise Testing

    This test will determine your ability to understand speech in the presence of competing background noise.

  • Results

    After the hearing test, our Audiologist will review your results with you and discuss next steps. If hearing loss is identified, we will share effective treatment options to meet your hearing needs. These treatment options are based on your listening goals and your specific lifestyle needs.

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Real Ear Measurements (REM)

Real Ear Measurements (REM)

Real Ear Measurements are a critical test we perform to verify all of our hearing aid fittings. This allows us to customize the hearing aid response for your specific hearing loss prescription. Not sure if your hearing aids are working correctly? This is a great test to see if your devices are under amplified or over amplified, or just not hitting your hearing loss prescription. Patients that have had Real Ear Measurements performed on their hearing devices show a significant improvement in their hearing aid performance.
Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus describes a buzzing or ringing like noise experienced in one or both ears. It is an underlying symptom of a medical condition and is one of the most common symptoms of hearing loss. In fact, according to the Hearing Health Foundation, 90% of tinnitus cases occur with an underlying hearing loss condition. Tinnitus can be profound enough to disrupt daily life and significantly impact sleep. By addressing hearing loss and prioritizing your hearing health, we also provide useful ways to manage and alleviate tinnitus.
Custom Hearing Protection

Custom Hearing Protection

One of the most common causes of hearing loss is environmental exposure to loud noise. One time or consistent absorption of loud noise can cause irreparable damage. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, 22 million people are exposed to hazardous noise levels in the workplace. We emphasize being proactive about protecting your hearing and offer custom hearing protection. This includes taking a custom mold of your ear and creating ear pieces that provide effective protection from external noise.
Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) differ from hearing aids and are devices that specifically provide hearing support. ALDs are designed to amplify sound which can be particularly useful in louder settings. There are different types of ALDs including Bluetooth remote microphones, hearing loops, and amplified phones. We can offer guidance through assistive listening device options that could also enhance your hearing. To learn more about assistive listening devices visit us in Wilmington, NC.

Hearing Aid Repairs

Hearing aids are such an important investment in your hearing health. These devices are long lasting and integral to daily life. Hearing aids can experience impact from daily wear and tear that requires minor repairs. We are able to conduct repairs in-house, making it convenient and accessible! Common hearing aid repairs include:

  • Repairing the battery door if it is stuck and/or not closing
  • Replacing the earmold tubing
  • Replacing receiver wires
  • Clean out microphones and receivers
  • Dry out and remove moisture from your devices

We are committed to making sure that you are able to maximize the use of your hearing aids, by offering hearing aid repairs.

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Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Testing

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Testing

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is what the brain does with what we hear. People with auditory processing disorder have trouble interpreting what is being said, despite having normal hearing. This condition can affect the way they understand speech, follow oral instructions and distinguish speech in the presence of background noise. APD is prevalent in school age children and can coincide with other conditions such as ADD or dyslexia. It is important that those who suspect they have APD, with these symptoms, are tested and diagnosed by an Audiologist.

So, what are some signs of APD?

  • Often mishears sounds and words
  • Difficulty following verbal instructions, whether simple or complicated
  • Difficulty with reading, spelling, and academics
  • Says “what” or “huh” frequently
  • Is easy distracted
  • Has difficulty in presence of background noise
  • Responds inconsistently to sounds
  • Has difficulty remembering what is said
  • Problems with distinguishing between similar sounds
  • Delays in responses to questions
We use the Buffalo Model developed by Jack Katz, Ph.D. to test and diagnose APD. This testing is a conjunction of three auditory tests that looks to isolate and identify the problem areas. We test ages 7 and up and the testing can usually take about 1 hour. We are excited to add these services to our practice. Please contact us if you would like to find out more information about the testing.
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Prioritize Your Hearing Health!

Prioritizing your hearing health can change your life. Treating hearing loss drastically enhances hearing and communication which has far-reaching effects on all aspects of life. Strengthened communication offers countless benefits including: improves relationships, enriches social life, boosts confidence, and fully supports people navigating daily life independently. This is great for overall health, longevity, and quality of life!

The first step is simple. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment! Your consultation will include a hearing exam that establishes your hearing needs. We are here to guide you through the process of tending to your hearing health.

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VA Services

We are proud to serve and offer hearing healthcare services for Veterans. Veterans experience an increased risk of developing hearing loss from consistent exposure to loud noise. So prioritizing hearing health is critical to be proactive about protecting hearing. There are specific benefits Veterans can access through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that support hearing healthcare. This includes:

  • VA health benefits that offer free or reduced cost of hearing aids
  • Monthly tax-free income from VA Disability Compensation

These benefits provide greater access and support for comprehensive hearing tests, hearing aids, and continued hearing health care. If you have served in the military it is important to enroll in the VA benefits system. You can contact us for more information!

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