Frequently Asked Questions About Audiology
What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a professional who specializes in evaluating and assisting people with hearing loss. Audiologists have extensive training and skills to evaluate the hearing of adults and children of all ages. By conducting a wide variety of tests, an audiologist can determine the type and degree of an individual's hearing problem and present treatment options to patients with hearing impairment.
Audiologists also dispense and fit hearing aids, administer tests of the balance system to evaluate dizziness and provide hearing rehabilitation training.
Patients are referred to physicians when the hearing problem needs medical evaluation or surgical intervention.
What causes hearing loss?
More than 28 million Americans have some type of hearing loss. The most common causes of hearing loss are nerve damage due to noise or trauma, disease and aging. Impacted wax or ear infection may also cause a temporary hearing loss.
Our audiologists can help determine the type and degree of hearing loss through a complete diagnostic hearing evaluation in our office.
Treatments for hearing loss often include medication, surgery and the use of hearing aids. Our audiologists and physicians work closely together to help educate patients about their options so they can make an informed decision.
Why should I see an audiologist?
The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist. You should schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:
- Ringing or buzzing noise in the ears
- Difficulty hearing or understanding
- Ear pain
Your child should see us if he or she is experiencing:
- Delayed or poor speech development
- Frequent ear infections
- Hearing loss
Your hearing is important to us.
At Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat, P.A., we are concerned that every person, regardless of age, benefits from good hearing. We are pleased to offer the following audiologic services for our patients.
Using specialized equipment, we can obtain accurate results about hearing loss. These tests are done in sound-treated rooms located in our office. Our audiologists are trained to inspect the eardrum with an otoscope; perform limited ear wax removal; conduct diagnostic audiologic tests and check for medically related hearing problems.
Infant and Child Hearing Services
We can test hearing and identify hearing loss in children of any age. This includes newborn and infant hearing screening using otoacoustic emission testing, visual reinforcement audiometry, and play audiometry.
For patients experiencing dizziness, our office is equipped to perform electronystagmography (ENG) which assess the balance center portion of the inner ear. Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing is also available to check the nerve pathway beyond the inner ear.
Hearing Services and Counseling
Our audiologists provide individual counseling to help those with hearing loss function more effectively in social, educational and occupational environments.
Hearing Aids and Assistive Listening Devices
Using the most advanced computerized procedures, we provide complete hearing aid services to patients with hearing problems. We offer a wide variety of custom fit hearing aids including 100% digital instruments. Sizes vary from the behind-the-ear units to the nearly invisible completely-in-the-canal style.
Qualified staff to serve your hearing needs
Our audiologists at Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat, P.A. and Midwest Hearing Aid Center, LLC are qualified to provide comprehensive audiology services to you and your family using state-of-the-art technology. Please feel free to call our audiologists with any hearing concerns or questions.
To find out more
To schedule an appointment with an audiologist or for more information about audiology services at Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC and Midwest Hearing Aid Center, LLC, please call 913-764-2737.
Our office hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Thursday and 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Friday. In some cases, a referral from your primary care physician is required. Check with your insurance carrier about coverage of audiology services.