Ear Nose Throat Sleep Hearing Aids Lebanon PA

Audiology & Hearing Aids

Conditions We Treat

Treatments & Procedures

  • BAHA Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Aid Evaluation and Fitting
  • Hearing Aid Maintenance and Repair
  • Acoustic Reflex testing
  • Electronystagmography (ENG)
  • Perilymph Fistula Testing

Patient Education

Hearing aids and smart phones “there’s an app for that”

Posted March 25th, 2019

Apple has been working with manufacturers for years to develop hearing aids and apps compatible with the iPhone. You can find a lengthy list of models on the “Use Made for iPhone hearing aids” page on Apple’s website. The site also has a list of models that meet the Federal Communications Commission’s hearing aid compatibility requirements and a guide to using other accessibility features built into the iOS software, like closed captions and flashing alerts.

Hearing Aids with Smart Phones

Inner Ear and a look at balancing testing; Hey Vertigo you’ve got to go

Posted March 20th, 2019

What to Expect at Your VNG/ENG Test. A VNG test stands for Videonystagmography and an ENG test stands for Electronystagmography.

What To Expect at Your VNG/ENG Test

How Minimizing Hearing Loss Can Help Treat Dementia

Post March 7th, 2019

Every family touched by Alzheimer’s disease knows how much it can take over the lives of the people that have it. Knowing how many people it affects and how much an influence it has on people’s lives, many researchers have devoted years trying to better understand the disease. While a cure is still out of our reach, every new study can bring us closer to piecing together what causes the worst symptoms of the disease and what people may be able to do to reduce their risk or slow the onset.

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What Is An Audiologist?

An audiologist is a healthcare professional specializing in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring disorders of the auditory and vestibular system portions of the ear. Audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage and/or treat hearing or balance problems. They dispense hearing aids. They counsel families through a new diagnosis of hearing loss in infants, and help teach coping and compensation skills to late-deafened adults. In addition, the audiologist must be licensed or registered by their state to practice audiology.

Audiologists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics, universities, rehabilitation facilities, cochlear implant centers, speech and hearing centers, private audiology practices, hearing aid dispensing offices, hearing aid manufacturing facilities, medical centers, as well as otolaryngology (ENT physician) offices. Although the vast majority of hearing problems do not require medical or surgical intervention, audiologists are clinically and academically trained to determine those that do need medical referral. As a licensed healthcare provider, the audiologist appropriately refers patients to physicians when the history, the physical presentation, or the results of the audiometric evaluation (AE) indicate the possibility of a medical or surgical problem.

Why do I Need An Audiologist for A Successful Hearing Aid Fitting?

Hearing aids are medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and must be recommended and prescribed by licensed professionals. This standard is in place to protect the individual with hearing loss as not all individuals are candidates for amplification. Additionally, an improperly fit hearing aid or hearing aid sold online without a face-to-face evaluation with an audiologist can potentially cause various problems. Without a face-to-face evaluation, the consumer will not have an otoscopic evaluation (have the audiologist look into the ear canal) and medical problems such as ear drainage or ear blockages which can cause hearing loss will not be identified. Additionally, hearing aids that are not adjusted to the individual needs of the patient have the potential for increasing the hearing loss if the devices are not set appropriately. Lastly, audiologists can tailor a comprehensive treatment plan for each individual patient so as to ensure maximum performance from any device that may be prescribed.

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