Dr. Kasewurm’s Professional Hearing Services
Our Doctors of Audiology are trained to offer comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid consultations, and hearing rehabilitation. We also offer a hearing aid lab that is always available for walk-in appointments. All of our patient’s have the convenience of stopping by the lab at their convenience to see our wonderful staff of audiology assistants for hearing aid cleanings, minor repairs and adjustments, and earwax removal. At Dr. Kasewurm’s Professional Hearing Services, our Comprehensive Hearing Healthcare (CHHC) plan provides all services (including hearing aid batteries) at no additional cost to the patient. With CHHC you can stop by as often as you need to without having to worry about any additional charges.
Repair, Maintenance, & Seminars —–
- Hearing aid repair services for all makes
- Hearing aid cleaning services
- Routine maintenance and cleaning
- Seminars for groups and organizations, including support groups
Hearing Evaluations —–
- Comprehensive diagnostic audiological evaluations and hearing tests for adults
- Video otoscopy for detailed viewing of your ear canal
- Computerized hearing aid analysis
Hearing Aids —–
- Full line of hearing aids, specializing in digital hearing aid technology
- Assistive listening devices
- Follow-up fine-tuning visit to ensure maximum benefits
Tinnitus Therapy —–
Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answer yes to these questions, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-tus).
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So what happens during a hearing test anyway?
When you arrive for your exam, you will be greeted by the front office staff and asked to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history and verify your insurance. You will also receive a copy of a Notice of Privacy as mandated by law.As your exam begins, your Audiologist will review your personal information with you and will ask you some questions that are designed to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing some difficulty in hearing.
Next, the Audiologist may look into your ears by using an otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the ear drum and whether or not there is ear wax obstructing the canal. Sometimes the Audiologist will have a video otoscope so you can see inside your ear as well!
The first test that is conducted is the pure tone hearing test. This is conducted in a quiet environment, sometimes in a soundproof booth. The Audiologist will place headphones that are connected to an audiometer over your ears. The audiometer transmits a series of tones at a variety of volumes into your ears to determine the exact point or “threshold” at which you can hear various frequencies of sounds. When you hear a sound, you will be asked to say “yes” or raise your hand.
The next test is speech testing. The audiologist will ask you to listen to a series of one and two syllable words at different volumes and then ask you to repeat them. This will determine the level at which you can detect and understand speech. Another test that may be conducted is a speech in noise test. This test will determine how well you hear sentences in a noisy environment.
The results of your tests will be recorded on a form called an audiogram, which the Audiologist will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. You will be shown the type, pattern and degree of hearing loss, as well as the percentage of normal conversational speech that you are still able to hear. Your Audiologist will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing. The next step is to consider treatment solutions.
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When is a hearing aid the right solution for someone with a hearing loss?
Research by the National Council on the Aging on more than 2,000 people with hearing loss has demonstrated that hearing aids clearly are associated with dramatic improvements in the social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people in all hearing loss categories from mild to severe. Specifically, hearing aid usage is shown to improve the following for people with measured hearing loss:
Communication in relationships
Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
Ease in communication
Sense of control over life events
Perception of mental functioning
Not to mention more fulfillment in the bedroom too.
For most people suffering from hearing loss, you’ve seen your hearing decline very gradually over a period of years. And you probably just got used to it as one side effect of getting older and wiser.
But that can all change within days,
The first step is to get your hearing tested and go through a hearing aid evaluation. After that, we will recommend the best solution for you based on your budget. We dispense, program and repair all types of hearing aids. In fact we guarantee results.
Ready to get back to being a full part of the conversation and enjoying the sounds of life, from the birds outside your house, to your grandchildren, friends and your family?
Take the first step to reduce or even eliminate your hearing loss with the right hearing aids for you.
More information about Tinnitus.
Ringing In The Ears: Facts About Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss. It can also be a symptom of other health problems. Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus and in some cases the effects are so severe it interferes with their daily activities. If you have tinnitus you may even find it difficult to hear, work, or even sleep.
What causes tinnitus?
Hearing loss: Most people who have tinnitus also have some kind of hearing loss.
Loud noise: Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss become worse.
Medicine: More than 200 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be the cause.
Other potential causes: Allergies, tumors, problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws, and neck can cause tinnitus.
What should I do if I have tinnitus?
Make an appointment to see an Audiologist for an evaluation. A careful review of your health history along with audiometric testing will lead to the most likely causes and best treatment for your tinnitus. You may be referred to an ear, nose and throat doctor for other examinations to ensure an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment recommendations.
How will hearing experts treat my tinnitus?
Although there is no cure for tinnitus, Audiologists, scientists and doctors have discovered several treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so you may need to try several to find the ones that help.
Treatments can include:
Hearing aids: Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus. The majority of patients with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.
Maskers: Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief from the tinnitus, but will not enhance hearing and may interfere with understanding speech.
Many types of devices, such as fans, radios and sound generators can be used as tinnitus maskers to help tinnitus sufferers fall asleep.
Medicine or drug therapy: As a tinnitus sufferer you may develop anxiety and other strong emotional responses to your tinnitus. Certain medicines may provide relief from these emotional reactions and provide some relief from the tinnitus. Other medicines and nutritional supplements can provide additional relief.
Neuromonics Tinnitus Therapy: This treatment uses a combination of testing, counseling and specialized masking to help you to effectively manage and gradually reduce your response to the tinnitus. This treatment can take six months or more to complete but has the highest rate of success.
Counseling: If you have tinnitus you may experience anxiety, depression and other psychiatric problems. You may be referred to a psychiatrist our counselor as needed.
Relaxing: Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.
What can I do to help myself?
Think about things that will help you cope. Many people find listening to music very helpful. Focusing on music might help you forget about your tinnitus for a while. It can also help to mask the sound. Other people like to listen to recorded nature sounds, like ocean waves, the wind, or even crickets.
Avoid anything that can make your tinnitus worse, such as smoking, alcohol and loud noise. If you are a construction worker, an airport worker, or a hunter, or if you are regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear ear plugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing and keep your tinnitus from getting worse.
If it is hard for you to hear over your tinnitus, ask your friends and family to face you when they talk so you can see their faces. Seeing their expressions may help you understand them better. Ask people to speak louder, but not shout. Also, tell them they do not have to talk slowly, just more clearly.