A hearing loss is a hidden disability showing no external signs of its presence; therefore, others are less apt to respond with patience and understanding. The impact of untreated hearing loss can adversely affect all aspects of an individual’s life: educationally, socially, psychologically and vocationally. Hearing disorders in adults often causes difficulties in the ability to perform well on the job, to follow conversations, to keep abreast of current happenings and to interact easily with others. Feeling left out, a person with hearing loss may become suspicious and withdrawn—placing undue stress on personal relationships.
The first step in the treatment of the hearing loss is to provide a complete audiological evaluation by a licensed audiologist to determine if the disorder can be effectively treated medically, surgically, or through the use of amplification or other hearing assistive technologies. Audiologists are trained to interpret the test results and to counsel and guide the patient regarding hearing loss, conservation, prevention, and treatment. For people whose hearing loss is not medically reversible, hearing aids are often the most viable treatment option. There are a variety of hearing assistive technologies that may be used independently or in conjunction with hearing aids. ACA offers the latest and most remarkable innovations in high-tech hearing systems.
- Complete hearing evaluation, including speech in quiet and speech in noise testing.
- Hearing screenings for pass/fail.
- Site-of-lesion testing.
- Evaluation of tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
- Impedance testing (tympanometry and acoustic reflexes) for middle ear function.
- Neonatal and high-risk hearing screening.
- Medical / legal testing.
- Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) evaluation.
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR) evaluation.
- Earmold impressions and modifications.
- Cerumen management (wax removal).
- Hearing aid evaluations, repair and service.
- Hearing aid sales (with a 30-day trial period); daily wear and extended wear devices: hearing aid fittings, adjustments and follow-ups.
- Hearing aid accessories.
- Probe microphone measurements: Verification of hearing aid function.
- Hearing assistive technologies: Personal systems, Alerting, Telephone, Television.
- Auditory Processing Training: Listening and Communication Enhancement, LACE (click here to go to the LACE training program)
- Recreational / occupational hearing conservation programs; hearing protection devices.
- Treatment of tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
- Consultative services to community programs and agencies interested in improving services for the hearing impaired.