We use three exams designed to assess the different elements of your hearing: audiometric testing, tympanometry, and otoacoustic emission testing (OAE). Audiometric testing is designed to determine the degree of hearing loss when it comes to tones and speech recognition. Tympanometry assesses the health of your middle ear and eardrum (tympanic membrane), using different levels of air pressure within your ear canal. The OAE test examines the hair cells of your inner ear to determine whether or not they are successfully transmitting neural signals to your brain to be processed as sound.
Results from your hearing exam are recorded in an audiogram, which your audiologist will review with you. If a hearing loss is detected, we will work with you to find the best treatment solution, whether that is medication, surgery, or hearing aids.
Tinnitus is commonly referred to as a “ringing of the ear,” but it also appears as different sounds. In addition to ringing, the sounds have been characterized as a whoosh, a pop, a buzz, a clanging, a rush of air, a whistle, a low roar, crickets and many other sounds.
The sounds of tinnitus may be constant or temporary, and may affect one or both ears. While there is no singular cause for tinnitus, treatment options may be available.
Dr. Nikki is one of the few Audiologists in the Southeast trained in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) and has the only clinic in Georgia currently using the Desyncra Neuromodulation Device for tinnitus which uses the same technology used for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. To learn more about your tinnitus and treatment options, contact us at Coweta Hearing Clinic or Fayette Hearing Clinic to schedule a consultation.
Dizzy and Balance Testing
Our vestibular system – otherwise known as our balance system – is closely related to our auditory system. Located in the “labyrinth” of your inner ear. The vestibular system relies of a network of fluids, canals, and hair cells to maintain your sense of balance. When we experience dizziness or vertigo, this might be an indicator that something is amiss with our vestibular system. Often times, conditions related to the inner ear might lead to issues with balance or dizziness, which can affect our ability to perform even the simplest daily tasks.
In addition to evaluating your hearing, we provide Video Nystagmography (VNG) that measures eye and muscle movements to determine how your vestibular system responds to motion, movement, position changes, and external stimuli. This helps us at Coweta Hearing Clinic and Fayette Hearing Clinic determine the cause of your balance issues or dizziness.
hearing aids sales, reprogramming, & repair
We also sell, service, and repair all brands of UNLOCKED hearing aids
Though powerful and life-changing, hearing aids are also electronic devices. They will require regular maintenance and repair from time to time. No other electronic device in your life works as hard as hearing aids do: we rely on them from the moment we wake up until we go to bed and also house them in our ear which is a waxy, moist environment. Common hearing aid problems include: inconsistent volume, no sound at all, weak sound, buzzing/whistling, battery issues, poor fit, etc. It is important that you do not attempt repairs on your own. If you have experienced some of these issues with your hearing aids, contact us to schedule your appointment or walk in to see one of our many Audiology Assistants as most of these problems can be handled in our office while you wait.
Custom Hearing Protection
While age-related hearing loss is a natural process, noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable if we take the proper measures to protect our hearing. From work to leisure, we are exposed to many different sounds throughout our day. OSHA recommends that we do not listen to sounds exceeding 85 decibels for more than an hour; however, there are times when being exposed to these sounds are unavoidable.
One of the best ways to protect your hearing, whether you’re enjoying your favorite band, watching a fireworks display, or if you’re on the job, is to invest in custom hearing protection. Custom hearing protection is made from a mold of your ear, which ensures the best fit and protection from dangerous decibels. Contact us today at Coweta Hearing Clinic or Fayette Hearing Clinic to learn more about different protective options.
Noise Level Chart
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are used to amplify sound and increase accessibility for people with hearing loss in a range of settings.
The most common forms of ALDs are personal devices that allow users to pick up sound and transmit it wirelessly through FM, Bluetooth, or infrared waves directly to an amplification piece worn around the neck or directly to hearing aids. These are useful for people who may experience difficulty hearing in business meetings, restaurants or academic settings. Other ALDs include captioned phones (a device that transcribes and displays phone conversations in real time), alarm clocks, door bells, and smoke detectors.
To learn more about ALD options and how they can give you an extra boost, contact us at Coweta Hearing Clinic or Fayette Hearing Clinic today.
Cerumen (Wax) Removal
In some cases, ear canals impacted with cerumen (ear wax) can cause difficulty with hearing- especially in noisy environments.
Our audiologists are trained to safely remove cerumen via medical tools (such as curettes and forceps), suction, or irrigation if necessary.
Custom Electronic Noise Reduction Devices
Custom electronic noise reduction devices are necessary when exposed to extremely loud sounds. People should always wear a noise reduction device if the noise or sound level at the time exceeds 85 decibels. Wearing custom electronic noise reduction devices greatly reduces the risk of hearing loss.
Hunting and recreational shooters should be always wear ear protection. The volume of gun noise has the potential to permanently damage your hearing – just after one exposure.
For those who are constantly in the water, swim molds are an excellent way to protect your ears. Exposure to water on a regular basis could cause damage to your hearing.
How? Exposure to water and collected water could lead to the development of ear infections – another threat to your hearing.
Auditory Processing is what your brain does with what your ear hears.
Many people have processing difficulties. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) can be diagnosed in childhood. However, everyone's abilities decrease as they age.
Reported problems are "I can hear, but not understand," "I can't participate in group conversations," or "the background noise is louder than the person I am trying to hear."
Dizzy and Balance Testing
Feeling DIZZY, OFF-BALANCE, falls and FEAR OF FALLING is NOT NORMAL and NOT something you need to "LEARN TO LIVE WITH"
As the ONLY American Institute of Balance (AIB) Center of Specialty Care in the state of Georgia, we:
- perform more advanced and complete testing than any other providers
- have the most advanced and comprehensive equipment available to test vestibular and balance disorders
- and so much more...