Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
- Otoacoustic Emission Screening
- Ototoxicity Monitoring Program
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Hearing Conservation
- Appropriate Referral to a Physician
- Battery Club
- Battery Sales
- Cell Phone Accessories
- Cerumen Removal
- Hearing Aid Counseling
- Ear Impresson
- Musicians Earplugs and Monitors
- Hearing Aid Adjustments
Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) Screening
Using a sensitive microphone placed in the ear, echoes produced by the tiny nerve endings in the inner ear are measured. This test is used to determine outer hair cell function in the inner ear. Audiologists can also use this test with infants and difficult to test children, such as those with special needs who would not be able to respond reliably to normal hearing test procedures.
Ototoxicity Monitoring Program
Colorado Tinnitus and Hearing Center, Inc. has a hearing monitoring program for individuals who are required to take medicines that may be toxic to your hearing. Testing procedures are similar to those used for diagnostic audiological evaluation. However, we have special equipment to test the very high frequencies from 9000 Hz to 20,000 Hz. Under normal circumstances, only the frequencies from 250 Hz to 8,000 Hz are tested. In the case of potential hearing damage caused by medications, the higher frequencies are the first to be affected. High frequency testing, then gives us the advantage of early detection and intervention.
Assistive Listening Devices-
Assistive listening devices are devices often used instead of, or in addition to hearing aids in situations where hearing aids alone do not provide adequate enough help. Some of these situations are: TV listening, listening at a distance, such as at a concert or lecture hall, using the telephone, or in a classroom. Colorado Tinnitus and Hearing Center has a wide selection of Assistive Listening Devices: Amplified telephones; Cellular phone adaptors, Personal Infrared and FM Television amplifiers; Personal Pocket talkers; FM Systems for students; Sonic alarm clocks with bed vibrator; Door bell alerts and much more! Come in to our office to see our selection.
We have established a hearing conservation program designed to identify, monitor, and protect those employees who are exposed to hazardous noise in their work setting. In our program, all employees who work in hazardous noise areas have a hearing test prior to the start of employment. The employees then receive the best possible hearing protection for their type of work. Each year, the employees hearing is monitored for changes. We offer this program to any industry in the community that needs a program to be compliant with OSHA safety standards. Custom hearing protection (such as custom noise for various needs, including hunters and musicians) can also be specifically made for you personally.
Appropriate Referral to a Physician
When medical or surgical treatment is needed, a referral to the appropriate medical specialist is made. Most of the hearing loss we encounter is not caused by an active medical problem, but rather by a natural loss of sensitivity in the inner ear.
Hearing aid battery club members receive special discounts on hearing aid batteries. The Battery Club is a convenient way to make sure you always have hearing aid batteries when you need them. When our battery club members buy four packs of batteries, they get the fifth pack free. They also get a free pack of batteries for their Birthday along with a free clean and check.
We keep a supply of batteries for you to purchase in our office. Stop in routinely for fresh batteries. Make sure to check the batteries in your hearing devices often and make sure there is no dirt, wax or debris interfering with the batteries performance. Batteries that are properly charged will make a noise (a squeal) when cupped in your hand or after it has been inserted in your ear, when you cup your hand over the hearing aid it will also make a noise.
- Size 10 (yellow)
- Size 312 (brown)
- Size 13 (orange)
- Size 675 (blue)
Cell Phone Accessories
Custom earmolds for cell phone headrests, Bluetooth compatible device, hands-free and more.
Cerumen, or ear wax, can be removed from the ear canal so that it does not interfere with listening or comfort, especially for individuals who wear hearing aids.
Counseling on the use and care of your hearing aids
Professional staff is available to help you with problems you may be having with your hearing aids. They can also spend time with you and discuss ways to make listening with hearing aids easier in your day-to-day life. Family members are welcome and encouraged to come with you and learn about your hearing aids.
Since the various systems produce different hearing impressions, it is important for you to make a comparison yourself. For this purpose we will produce custom-made earmolds based on the exact contours of your ears. We can then ensure that your hearing aid fits perfectly.
Evaluation and Fitting for Musician's Ear Plugs
Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings. They are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods, which may put them at risk for permanent hearing damage. Musician’s ear plugs are custom-made devices that help to limit the sound exposure from instruments, while still providing a rich musical experience for the performer or audience.
To determine the optimum settings for your hearing aids, we use your audiogram, as well as your personal impression of how well you can hear. This adjustment process is carried out using a computer.
When adjusting your hearing aids, we take various measurements to check how well you can hear. Once we teach you how to operate them and instruct you on the energy supply (batteries), you should wear your new hearing aids for a few days in your regular surroundings.
Based upon what you tell us about how well you can hear in your everyday surroundings, we will make any necessary final adjustments to your hearing aids.
Once your hearing aids have been fitted to your complete satisfaction, we will provide you with detailed information on how they should be maintained. Of course, you can have your hearing aids checked by us at any time. This will ensure that the sound quality remains as good as ever, and will extend the life of your aids.
Getting Hearing Aids
Once you have told us your history and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements:
- Which ear has a problem hearing?
- Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?
- Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically to any hearing situation?
- Which aid best suits your hearing loss or your personal situation? A Completely-in-the Ear, In-the-Canal, In-the-Ear (ITE), or behind-the-ear aid (BTE) aid?
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting
At the hearing aid fitting, you will receive the hearing aids you selected. They are programmed based on a prescription that is specific to each person’s hearing loss. The hearing professional may make adjustments after you try the hearing aids to make sure the settings and fit are ideal for you.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your hearing professional can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with a licensed professional who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, technologies, and benefits to wearing hearing aids. You may be shown different styles or have the opportunity to try different hearing aids in the office. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing aid chosen.
Test & Audiometry
In order to adjust your hearing aid to your individual requirements, we first determine your personal hearing profile, or "audiogram." This is done by testing your ability to hear a variety of speech and environmental sounds.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
Tinnitus is described as a ringing in the ear, and can range in severity. A tinnitus evaluation can help you identify how much tinnitus interferes with your daily life and if there are treatment options that can benefit you.
Tympanometry is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones, by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation
Scheduled and performed by our licensed and nationally certified Hearing Healthcare Professional are subject to professional fees. Insurance often covers these services.
Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation
After a comprehensive hearing evaluation, our audiologists will give you their professional opinion on treatment for your hearing loss. We offer a variety of hearing aids from conventional technology to the most sophisticated state of the art digital technology
Misophonia is a condition in which a person has an “extreme dislike” or “hatred of soft sounds” that are often related to eating or chewing or other bodily sounds such as breathing or clearing one’s throat.
The Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment involves listening to an acoustic signal that is customized for each person's unique hearing profile. The acoustic signal is embedded in music, making it pleasant and relaxing to listen to.
Suffering from a "ringing in the ears" sounds benign enough on the scale of medical problems, but tinnitus and related hearing disorders that affect millions of Americans can become so severe that they lead not only to decreased life quality but to anxiety, panic, depression and social isolation.