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When it’s time to consult a specialist regarding your or a loved one’s hearing loss, consider the Carondelet Neurological Institute’s Hearing Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

HEARING AID CONSULTATION AND FITTING

Make an appointment with the Hearing Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital today by calling (520) 873-3761.

We want you to get the right hearing aid, the first time. During our comprehensive testing, we’ll gather information about the function and structure of your entire ear to select the appropriate hearing aid or assistive device. Your custom hearing system will be chosen based on your individual needs, such as your lifestyle and hearing demands, as well as the latest proven practices and technology. Digital hearing aids are fitted using computer software and analysis of your ear.

Sound amplification devices, including hearing aids and other assistive technology, are also available for infants, children and teens.

Ongoing monitoring of hearing loss and assistive devices is provided.

HEARING EVALUATIONS AND TESTS

Your first appointment will consist of a comprehensive hearing test and middle ear evaluation. Further tests include a thorough assessment of the ear’s outer, middle and inner structure, and nerve function. Additional evaluations for children and young adults include general screening of developmental progress in speech, language and hearing.

At the Carondelet Neurological Institute’s Hearing Center, we offer the following tests and evaluations for infants, children and adults:

  • Pure-tone air and bone conduction test: Determines the faintest tones a person can hear at selected pitches, typically by asking them to raise their hand when they hear a tone being played. This can indicate the degree, configuration, and type of hearing loss. In children, it can rule out hearing loss as a factor of speech or language delay.

     

  • Speech tests: Often these tests are used together with the pure-tone test to assess a person’s understanding of speech and their ability to hear a conversation (with or without background noise) clearly.

     

  • Immittance evaluation: Using a small probe in the ear canal, slight pressure is applied on the eardrum to determine how well it vibrates and how much air is behind it. This test can determine the specific area in the ear affecting the hearing loss. It also can identify medically treatable problems of the ear, such as an ear infection.

     

  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR): Electrodes are placed on the head and ear, and record brain waves in response to sound. The ABR is helpful for people with signs, symptoms, or complaints of a type of hearing loss stemming from the brain or a brain pathway. It also is used to determine the degree and type of hearing loss in infants and children without behavioral responses.

     

  • Otoacoustic emissions: The emissions in this case are sounds produced by hair cells in the inner ear. The emission can be measured by a small device placed in the ear canal, and used to evaluate hearing in infants or other difficult-to-test populations.

     

  • Real ear analysis: Measurement of the unique physical properties of an individual’s ear for successful hearing aid fitting.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

We can recommend an array of resources and suggestions for management and compensatory strategies for children with temporary or permanent hearing loss. Ask us how we can help.