Watertown Audiology provides comprehensive hearing services to people of all ages, from newborns, children, teens and adults. Our goal is to improve communication and hearing by providing comprehensive hearing evaluation and treatment services to our patients.
The purpose of the hearing evaluation is to determine whether you have a hearing loss. A medical hearing evaluation, done by our Doctors of Audiology, begins with obtaining a complete hearing health history to determine how long you have been having trouble, if one or both ears are affected and if you have symptoms other than hearing loss.
The Audiologist then does an otoscopic inspection of your ears and then tests your hearing in a sound booth. At the conclusion of this test, the Audiologist will discuss the results with you and determine if a hearing loss is present. The Audiologist also prepares a comprehensive report to provide to your physician.
If you do have a hearing loss, the type of loss will be identified to you. Should a hearing aid(s) be recommended for you, we will offer information to help you determine which types of hearing aids are available. We will help you determine which type of hearing aid is the best for your hearing loss, your lifestyle and budget.
Tinnitus, often referred to as “Ringing In Your Ears,” is the term used to describe the condition of having ringing, buzzing, or noise in the ear or originating from the head. Many different things can cause tinnitus, although it is usually a symptom of an underlying condition. The treatment will depend on the condition that is causing it, the severity, and any accompanying issues such as hearing loss.
Common causes of tinnitus include:
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to loud noises
- Earwax buildup or blockages
- Abnormal bone growth in the ear
- Meniere’s disease
- Head or neck injuries
- Benign tumor of the cranial nerve
Depending on the cause of your tinnitus, there are a number of different treatment methods available to help you find relief. Your hearing care provider will assess the severity of your tinnitus, symptoms, how it impedes your daily life and possible causes and recommend one of the following solutions, including hearing aids.
Central Auditory Processing (CAP Test)
An Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) occurs when an individual has documented difficulties processing auditory information. These types of listening difficulties are often described as a “central” auditory processing deficit, as the difficulties occur even when a child or adult presents with normal hearing. Evaluation for a CAPD is completed by our Doctors of Audiology, yet also often involves other specialists to help rule out any other concomitant deficits.
The evaluation uses a variety of measures to evaluate how sound is processed by the brain, and helps the Audiologist understand why a child or adult may be having difficulty with sound processing despite normal hearing.
- Normal peripheral hearing
- Poor listening skills
- Difficulty remembering information heard
- Reduced comfort levels for listening
- Poor attention
- Difficulty with auditory learning
- Problems in the presence of background noise
- Reduced tolerance for loud noises
- Difficulty understanding speech when it is quiet
- Slow or delayed responses to verbal stimuli
- Frequent requests for information to be repeated
- Auditory integration deficits for sound blending and auditory closure
- Will often will say “huh” or “what”
- Problems with reading, spelling, and academics in general
If a newborn does not pass a hearing screening test at a hospital, the child is referred to an audiologist for a hearing test. The test is safe for the baby as tiny earphones are placed in your baby’s ears. The test measures your infant’s response to sound while he or she sleeps.
At the conclusion of this test, the audiologist will discuss the results with you and determine if a hearing loss is present. The results will be sent to your pediatrician.
OSHA Industrial Screening
We can assist businesses in providing a continuing and effective hearing program that will meet OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requirements. Our Doctors of Audiology will provide hearing test results to both the business and worker. We can screen all your employees or just a handful.
Balance & Dizziness
This series of tests measures eye movements using an infrared video camera attached to a pair of goggles. The same four-part testing process is utilized. VNG tests usually consist of four parts: evaluation of rapid eye movements, tracking tests to measure eye movements as they follow a visual target, positional test for measuring dizziness in response to different head positions and a caloric test that measures responses to warm and cold water circulating through a tube in the ear canal. Most people reporting dizziness or vertigo will be given VNG tests initially.
Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP)
CDP tests measure how well the visual, vestibular and sensory systems work together to maintain balance. With this test, you stand on a platform and follow a visual target while platform movements record the degree to which your body sways. It includes an Adaptation Test in which the platform moves up and down and a Motor Control Test where the platform moves forward and backward. These are used to measure reflexive responses to unexpected movement. CDP is frequently used for those undergoing vestibular rehabilitation.