DIAGNOSTIC HEARING EVALUATIONS
When you have untreated hearing loss, the speech signals coming in to your brain are degraded, so your brain must work harder to process them. When more brain resources are used for understanding sounds, other brain tasks such as memory and comprehension can suffer.
When hearing improves people see vast improvements in their social, emotional, and physical well-being. It’s important to speak with a qualified audiology doctor to evaluate your options.
OUR EXPERIENCED DOCTORS OF AUDIOLOGY ARE SPECIFICALLY TRAINED TO ASSESS AND TREAT ALL HEARING RELATED ISSUES THROUGH OUR 4 STEP PROCESS.
Discuss General and Medical History
Examination and Diagnostic Evaluation
Results and Recommendations
Pediatric Hearing Evaluations
Concerned about your child’s hearing? Bluegrass Hearing Clinic specializes in pediatric hearing testing and services.
Your child’s communication skills begin developing immediately. Indications that hearing senses are not advancing in newborns and infants are red flags there may be a development issue.
Some signs of hearing loss include difficulty hearing or understanding, such as:
- Unable to point to different body parts when asked.
- Doesn’t enjoy being read to.
- Doesn’t understand action words like “run” or “sit”.
- Sits close to the television.
Difficulty developing speech are also indications of impaired hearing. Some example warning signs shown in toddlers, include:
- Lack of babbling.
- Lack of crying for different needs.
- Doesn’t vocalize excitement or displeasure.
- Around 7 months to a year, hasn’t spoken one or two words.
Similarly, young children may show indicators such as:
- Inability to form simple sentences.
- Doesn’t ask “why?” or “what?” questions.
- Can’t answer “why?” or “what?” questions.
- Doesn’t use plurals or verbs.
Teens are at greater risk for high-frequency hearing loss because of everyday lifestyle choices. Teens love seeing their favorite artists in concert, playing their music too loud, attending loud sporting events, or hunting. All of which can damage your child’s hearing irreparably without the use of proper hearing protection.
Some signs of hearing loss in your teen include:
- Turning up the television to an excessive volume.
- Saying “what?” frequently.
- Only responding when eye contact is made.
- Complaining of ringing in the ears or a dip in hearing ability.
- Withdrawing socially.
Bluegrass Hearing Clinic is licensed for infant hearing evaluations. We effectively determine your child’s hearing ability, regardless of age, and determine if there is a hearing loss. If you think your child may show signs of hearing loss, call for an appointment.
TINNITUS EVALUATION AND TREATMENT
Tinnitus can result from many conditions. It is most often associated with aging, noise exposure, infections, allergies, medications, diseases, or foreign objects in the ears. When the underlying cause is known, treating that condition may help stop tinnitus from occurring. The solution may be as simple as removing excess earwax or switching to a new medication.
In some cases, the exact cause may be a mystery or the condition responsible for tinnitus may be untreatable. We provide a combination of advanced therapeutic methods to treat tinnitus. Our experts work with you to identify potential causes and evaluate your symptoms to determine an effective and specialized treatment plan using a combination of therapeutic methods and technological solutions.
There are several different counseling approaches to help people with tinnitus. Some provide basic information about hearing loss and tinnitus, and some engage the patient in collaborative activities to assist in coping, accepting, thinking, and reacting to tinnitus in different ways.
Hearing Aid Evaluation & Fitting
Untreated hearing loss can have serious and wide-ranging consequences. Hearing aids process sound so it is easier for you to understand speech and improve quality of life.
If you suspect hearing loss it is important to connect with a hearing healthcare professional. Our professionals at Bluegrass are here to help you, our experts are equipped to evaluate your hearing loss and provide you with optimal solutions.
Your Evaluation. A Bluegrass professional will determine if you have hearing loss and to what degree. This will include:
- Assessment of your hearing history.
- Hearing test to determine what you can and cannot hear.
- Determine if you have a hearing loss, if so what type.
- Discuss a solution.
If hearing instruments are the solution for you, we will help you choose a device that fits your hearing loss, style, and budget needs.
Your Fitting. During the fitting, your hearing healthcare professional will:
- Ensure your hearing aid fits comfortably.
- Program your hearing instruments to meet your individual listening needs, set your volume level and other device features.
- Teach you how to use your hearing aid.
We encourage you to try your hearing aid in different environments after your fitting. This will help you adjust and become comfortable with your new hearing instrument.
Your follow-up visit. A follow-up visit with your Bluegrass professional, will be scheduled a few weeks after you start using your new hearing aid. We will:
- Discuss how your device is working and troubleshoot any issues you may be having.
- Ask for your feedback. The more you share with us the more we can ensure your hearing aid is working optimally for you.
- Fine tune your device. Based on what you tell our hearing experts, we will make any necessary adjustments to improve your listening experience.
HEARING AID VERIFICATION & REAL-EAR MEASUREMENT
Verification is crucial in hearing aid fittings as it ensures appropriate levels of amplification relative to each patient’s specific level of hearing loss. Since every ear canal is shaped differently, it is important for our doctors to use real-ear verification measurements in order to make specific adjustments to the hearing aids. This is done for new fittings as well as for adjustments during your annual hearing checkup.
HEARING AID REPAIRS
If you experience an issue you suspect needs repair, Bluegrass Hearing Clinic is here to help.
Bluegrass Hearing Clinics are equipped to diagnose broken hearing aids. We are able to service most hearing aids models. If your device requires more complex hearing aid repair, we send it directly to the manufacturer.
When you purchase a hearing aid with Bluegrass Hearing Clinic, our experts explain how hearing aids work, how to look after them, and what to do if it stops working properly.
INDUSTRIAL BASELINE & SHIFT EVALUATIONS
Noise is a hazard of industrial workers and workers of any occupation who are repeatedly exposed to loud noise.
Hearing damage from noise is fully preventable when the right precautions are taken from the start. Regular hearing tests to evaluate any early signs of hearing loss, as well as everyday preventative measures such as the use of ear plugs go a long way toward prevention of permanent hearing loss.
Bluegrass Hearing Clinic is your local leader for workplace hearing conservation. We offer industrial testing options to measure baseline and annual hearing. Annual hearing examinations allow our audiologists to compare an employee’s current hearing to their initial baseline audiogram, which helps to determine if there has been any significant shift in hearing loss. In most cases, baseline testing can be performed on site at the industry or business.
Besides industrial hearing tests, Bluegrass Hearing Clinic offers testing for obtaining and maintenance of Commercial Drivers License. We also offer custom earmold impressions for hearing protection that are OSHA approved and an exclusive opportunity for industry and businesses to participate in our BETTER HEARING PROGRAM.
HEARING IMPAIRMENT CALCULATIONS
Measuring hearing impairment associated with age or due to noise exposure is important. Hearing impairment identification helps our expert audiologists recommend, select, and fit appropriate amplification for patients experiencing hearing loss.
Bluegrass Hearing Clinic uses multiple techniques to calculate hearing levels and detect impairment.
Cochlear implants are often a next solution for our patients, when their hearing aids are not providing enough assistance. Many people start by wearing two hearing aids. However, as hearing loss progresses, you may need something more. To improve your hearing performance and help you understand more clearly, you may need to consider a surgical solution that helps you hear your best with both ears. For many, a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the other can provide a richer more natural hearing experience. This combination is referred to as bimodal hearing.
As a member of the Cochlear Provider Network, we work with local surgeons to assess and treat those who may be candidates for a hearing implant. We conduct candidacy evaluations to determine if an implant might be right for you. We also support recipients of cochlear implants by meeting their needs for initial activation, interim programming, troubleshooting, upgrades, and even equipment orientation.