Hearing Care Services
The Allegiance Hearing Center will expertly assess hearing loss and provide a range of options for improving hearing.
Adult Hearing Evaluations
If you suspect that you have difficulty hearing, your first step is to have a comprehensive hearing evaluation by an audiologist. At your hearing evaluation, we will discuss the concerns you are experiencing with your hearing. We will also review your hearing history, which includes any noisy occupations you may have had, as well as family background of hearing loss. You will then receive a series of hearing tests that will give us a fuller picture of how well you are hearing. Other specialized tests will help determine if there are speech recognition issues.
We will review the results with you, discuss how hearing loss is impacting your life, and recommend options to address your hearing loss. You and your audiologist will work together to develop a strategy that will work best for you. The initial hearing evaluation appointment lasts approximately an hour.
Pediatric Hearing Evaluations for Children and Adolescents
The single most obvious sign of hearing loss in children is their failure to develop, or the delayed development of, spoken language. Severe or profound hearing loss in children is usually obvious when they do not respond to sound. Detecting milder forms of hearing loss can be more challenging. Even the more common forms of mild hearing loss, however, can negatively impact communication development and school performance. We provide age-appropriate evaluations for children with possible hearing loss.
Industrial Hearing Conservation Program
Our Industrial Hearing Conservation Program is lead by an audiologist who is a certified professional supervisor of an audiometric monitoring program, and a certified occupational hearing conservation technician, both certified by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAHOC). Our program offers both the audiometric testing as well as the employee training component for companies requiring a hearing conservation program. Testing can be done either onsite (with a portable sound booth) or at our center. We also provide sound level readings when necessary to monitor noise levels where employees are working above the action level of 85 decibles.
Hearing Aid Evaluation
If you are reasonably certain that you are ready to purchase hearing aids, or if you already have hearing aids and would like to update or replace them, please schedule an appointment for a hearing aid evaluation.
A hearing aid evaluation includes an audiogram (hearing test) performed by one of our audiologists in a sound booth. The audiologist will review your hearing test results with you in a way that is easy to understand. Based on the findings, the audiologist will show you various hearing aid options that would specifically help with your type of hearing loss.
Specialized Hearing Tests
An ABR test may be ordered by a physician because a patient is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- A sensation of fullness in the ears
- A significant difference in hearing between right and left ears
- Dizziness or balance problems
The ABR test measures how the hearing nerve is sending signals to the brain.
Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) testing is a non-invasive test to check for hearing. This test consists of putting a small earphone in the entrance to the ear canal. The sensitive equipment measures a predictable signal from the ear in response to test signals. This is a painless procedure and takes only a few minutes to complete.
If you are experiencing unsteadiness, dizziness or vertigo due to your hearing loss, your physician may request a balance test called videonystagmography (VNG) to rule out the possibility of disease and to look for possible causes of your symptoms.
During this test, you will wear special goggles with a camera attached to them to record eye jerks during a series of tasks that consist of looking back and forth between selected points, following moving lights, lying in different positions, shaking your head and lying down and sitting up quickly.
The last part of the test requires putting air in the ear canal for about 60 seconds in order to determine if the balance system of each ear can respond normally to stimulation. Some individuals become dizzy for two to five minutes, but most are able to drive home after the test without difficulty. If you are concerned about not being able to drive afterward, please make arrangements for someone to transport you.