Comprehensive Audiological Services
Hearing Tests & Functional Communication Assessments
Hearing tests and Functional Communication Assessments are an important part of maintaining good hearing health – and good overall health. It is recommended that adults take an annual hearing exam, just as you would a physical or eye exam. Once a hearing baseline is established, hearing can be effectively monitored, preventive measures can be implemented, and treatment can be prescribed sooner than later if hearing begins to change. This ensures better success with treatment when needed. At La Cañada Hearing Aids & Audiology, we offer comprehensive hearing exams to assess your hearing abilities. Hearing exams consist of a consultation, physical examination, and a series of tests that include pure tone assessment and speech recognition. These tests indicate your hearing abilities by ear. The results of your hearing tests are recorded on an audiogram, which will indicate the configuration and degree of hearing loss if it is present. Dr. Ivory will review your hearing exam results with you and recommend next steps if a hearing loss is found. If a hearing loss is not present, preventive measures will be discussed because once a hearing baseline is established, you can work on keeping your hearing throughout your lifespan.
Aural Rehabilitation & Your Communication Plan
We often hear patients say they can hear but simply cannot understand.
Hearing is just one component of communication. How others speak to you, visual cues, the noise level and acoustics in your environment, and how you ask for clarification all affect communication too. At La Cañada Hearing Aids & Audiology, Dr. Ivory is committed to helping you develop comprehensive Communication Plans to address all the components of communication, not just hearing. Communication is a two-way street. Hearing better involves more than just your ears and at La Cañada Hearing Aids & Audiology Dr. Ivory will help develop your unique comprehensive Communication Plan. “Aural Rehabilitation” is a topic of expertise for Dr. Ivory, as it is one of the courses he teaches concurrently at both California State University, Los Angeles (COMD 4200) and at California State University, Northridge (CD 446).
THE 5 KEYS ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING AREAS TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION:
Hearing Aid Repair & Help with the Hearing Aids You Already Have
Though they are powerful and can change your life, hearing aids are sensitive, electronic devices. As they are worn daily, hearing aids are subject to normal wear and tear. While you may take daily steps to care for your hearing aids at home, we recommend that you bring your hearing aids in for repair if they should malfunction. Dr. Ivory is trained to provide repair services and professional cleaning for your hearing aids. Dr. Ivory will also recommend a regular cleaning schedule, depending on your lifestyle and activities.
Dr. Ivory can can help you:
- Clean and make minor repairs to your hearing aids
- Send your hearing aids in to the manufacturer for more major repairs
- Evaluate your aids’ electronic function through electroacoustic analysis testing
- Ensure you are getting maximum benefit from your aids by performing real ear speech mapping verification testing (in order for this test to be accurate, please provide Dr. Ivory with a hearing test performed in the past one year or schedule an updated hearing test with this appointment)
Tinnitus & Finding Tinnitus Relief
Do you ever experience sounds such as ringing, buzzing, roaring, or humming in your head?
These sounds are known as tinnitus and almost everyone experiences these sounds from time to time, however, when they do not go away they can become bothersome. Tinnitus, known commonly as “ringing of the ear,” is a condition in which one hears noises without the presence of an external stimulus. Tinnitus appears in 80% of hearing loss cases, with a number of potential causes. Tinnitus is believed to be caused by damage to inner ear hair cells, a cause which is shared with sensorineural hearing loss. If you are experiencing tinnitus, whether temporary or chronic, schedule a visit with us at La Cañada Hearing Aids & Audiology.
Just like hearing loss and diabetes, tinnitus is typically a chronic condition. So while it is true that tinnitus cannot be cured, it can be managed through education and training. At La Cañada Hearing Aids & Audiology we use evidence-based individual and group rehabilitation to help you take control of your tinnitus so it stops controlling you.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT DURING YOUR TINNITUS EVALUATION?
- Reviewing your detailed case history
- Completing tinnitus questionnaires evaluating your reaction to your tinnitus
- Tinnitus is the #1 symptom of hearing loss so a baseline hearing evaluation will be performed
- Measures of your eardrum function, outer hair cell function, and acoustic reflexes as needed
- Tests to match the pitch and loudness of your tinnitus which include a hearing test of additional high pitches, as needed
Custom Hearing Protection & Musician In-Ear Monitors
Hearing loss is permanent – which is why it is crucial to protect your hearing while you’ve got it! At La Cañada Hearing Aids & Audiology, we offer many different options for custom hearing protection. Custom hearing protection ranges from earplugs made of ear-impressions from your ears to help you sleep (sleep molds) to in-ear musician monitors. We offer hearing protection for different lines of work, where exposure to loud noise on a regular basis poses a real threat to your hearing. If you are or plan to be exposed to loud noises such as music, guns, power tools, or motorcycles you should be wearing hearing protection. Contact us to discuss the different options we have.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
While hearing aids help in many situations, there are some situations that are easier to hear than others depending on your hearing loss. The telephone can be one of these situations because you cannot use visual cues from seeing the speaker’s face over the phone. Dr. Ivory can help evaluate if you need assistive technology such as using a speaker phone, direct streaming of phone calls into your hearing aids, or closed captioning on your phone to optimize your phone listening and communciation abilities. There are many assistive listening devices that Dr. Ivory considers (and some of these are built into newer hearing aid technology) but the most commonly recommended ones include:
- Television ALD devices
- Remote (partner) microphones
- Phone ALD devices
- Alerting ALD devices
- Telecoils (hearing loops)