At Ear, Nose Throat and Audiology Associates, our physicians specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and management of hearing and balance disorders in adults and children.
Our staff conduct comprehensive audiologic examination, otoacoustic emission evaluations (OAE), auditory brainstem response evaluation, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings, and other pediatric and adult services. We offer specialized earplugs, and assistive listening devices.
At Ear, Nose, Throat and Audiology Associates we are proud of our commitment to our hearing impaired patients and will continue to focus on healthy hearing.
The following diagnostic services are available at ENTAA:
We use highly calibrated state of the art equipment for diagnostic evaluations to identify the type and degree of hearing loss in our patients
Hearing Aid Service
Our Audiology department is committed to providing the best hearing aid services and care. We offer the latest in hearing aid technology and provide patients with a wide range of styles and shapes.
Otoacoustic emission (OAE)
Otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing is used to evaluate the function of the outer hair cells in the cochlea (the sensory organ of hearing). OAE testing is very reliable and is used diagnostically in conjunction with the audiogram. When there are no dysfunctions of the outer hair cells it indicates normal cochlea functions. Any dysfunction of the outer hair cells will show abnormal or absent OAE measurements. OAE’s are measured by placing a probe into the ear canal, followed by presenting a tone. The responding tone is then recorded as a distortion product otoacoustic emission response. This test usually takes a few minutes.
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) examines the complete auditory pathway form the inner ear to the brain. The test takes approximately one hour. Four electrodes are attached to the scalp and headphones are placed in the ears. Clicking sounds are presented at various loudness levels and a response is measured on the computer. The response allows the audiologist to determine how efficiently sound is moving through the hearing system.
Pediatric Hearing Evaluations
It is important to have babies and infants hearing tested to determine that they can hear. Good hearing is essential for the development of speech and language. Pediatric hearing evaluations can be performed at any age. We use otoacoustic emission testing to help us determine the hearing of babies and other testes are incorporated for the older child. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s hearing please contact our Audiology Department at 704.544.6533 or 803.328.3686.
Visual Response Audiometry (VRA)
VRA is a test that is used effectively to test infants and children up to three years old. The test is performed in the sound booth with the child seated on a parents lap at an angle to a speaker and animated toy. The child is observed by the audiologist for either a conditioned response or other reactions to a variety of test sounds.
Hearing protection and earplugs
Custom Ear Molds including:
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