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Ear Wax Removal
Hearing Aids: Fitting & Dispensing
LEAKE AUDIOLOGY SERVICES Inc.
Complete Hearing Evaluation
Complete Hearing Evaluations Include:
A thorough look at the timeline of your hearing health.
Middle Ear Test
The Tympanogram uses sensitive machinery to test your ears
We test your neurological reaction to common words
Visual Exam - Otoscopy
Your family doctor has one of these things, too.
You will receive a complete Pure Air and Bone Conduction test
Speech In Noise Testing
If background noise bothers you, this is the test for that
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A DIAGNOSTIC HEARING EVALUATION?
• The evaluation will last about 45-60 minutes in length. This will allow time for discussion with the audiologist to review test results and ask questions.
• If the results indicate you need hearing aids, options specific to your needs will be discussed.
• It is recommended that you bring a family member with you to the evaluation appointment. Most audiologists agree that hearing loss is a family issue. It helps to have another supportive person at the appointment to help you understand the information and recommendations.
• Before your appointment, a medical history will be completed and the audiologist will want to hear about any complaints you have about your hearing. They will pay special attention to any concerns you have about exposure to noise, tinnitus and balance problems. Make sure that you take a full list of any medications and supplements you are taking with you to your appointment.
• The diagnostic audiologic evaluation is a good chance to establish a relationship with your audiologist. Above all, don’t be afraid to ask questions! You will want to be clear on any information you receive so that you can be an active participant in finding hearing solutions that work best for you and your lifestyle.
Tinnitus is a hearing condition that is often described as a constant ringing in the ears.
According to the Mayo Clinic:
Tinnitus is when you experience ringing or other noises in one or both of your ears. The noise you hear when you have tinnitus isn’t caused by an external sound, and other people usually can’t hear it. Tinnitus is a common problem. It affects about 15% to 20% of people, and is especially common in older adults.
Tinnitus is usually caused by an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, an ear injury or a problem with the circulatory system. For many people, tinnitus improves with treatment of the underlying cause or with other treatments that reduce or mask the noise, making tinnitus less noticeable.
Hyperacusis is an abnormal sensitivity to sounds.
According to WEBMD:
Hyperacusis is a hearing disorder that makes it hard to deal with everyday sounds. You might also hear it called sound or noise sensitivity. If you have it, certain sounds may seem unbearably loud even though people around you don’t seem to notice them.
Hyperacusis is rare. It affects 1 in 50,000 people. Most people who have it also have another condition called tinnitus, which is a buzzing or ringing in your ear.
Hyperacusis is a hearing disorder. But a lot of people who have it also have normal hearing.
Misophonia is a sensitivity to certain sounds that cause an emotional response.
According to Harvard Health:
People with misophonia are affected emotionally by common sounds — usually those made by others, and usually ones that other people don’t pay attention to. The examples above (breathing, yawning, or chewing) create a fight-or-flight response that triggers anger and a desire to escape. Misophonia is little studied and we don’t know how common it is. It affects some worse than others and can lead to isolation, as people suffering from this condition try to avoid these trigger sounds. People who have misophonia often feel embarrassed and don’t mention it to healthcare providers — and often healthcare providers haven’t heard of it anyway. Nonetheless, misophonia is a real disorder and one that seriously compromises functioning, socializing, and ultimately mental health. Misophonia usually appears around age 12, and likely affects more people than we realize.
While frequently grouped together with Tinnitus, these three conditions are experienced in different way, and the treatment options must be customized you the individual patient. Using in-depth interviews, we will determine the best strategies, treatment plans or devices to manage the impacts that you experience on your quality of life.
Ear Wax Removal
Also known as earwax, is naturally produced by the glands in the ears to lubricate the ear canals and keep dust and debris from getting too far down in the ear canal.
Cerumen typically clears itself from the ears, but in some instances can accumulate and cause a blockage, especially if you wear earmolds or hearing aids.
Symptoms of a Blockage
• Tinnitus (ringing of the ears)
• Decreased hearing ability
• Feeling of ear fullness
REMOVAL AT OUR OFFICE
Involves the use of a curette. A curette is a long, curved tool that may also be used with suction to remove cerumen from the ear canal.
is an extremely effective, safe, and comfortable method of ear wax removal. A medical grade ear wax suction device is used to suction ear wax out of the ear canal. The audiologist first examines the patient’s ear using a loupe (converged binocular vision glasses) or microscope to determine the depth and areas of ear wax build up.
Earwax Removal DON'TS
People commonly use cotton swabs to try and remove earwax or dislodge a blockage. However, this can sometimes cause more problems as cotton swabs may push the blockage further down into the ear canal, risking even more damage to the ear.
Cotton swabs themselves can also be accidentally inserted too far into the ear canal and can compact wax further or puncture your eardrum.
Physicians generally agree that cotton swabs are a bad idea for removing earwax and should only be used on the outer portions of your ear. You should never insert cotton swabs or any small object into your ear canal.
If you experience pain or discomfort as a result of earwax or suspect you have a blockage, it’s important that you see us as soon as possible to address the issue. Removing earwax doesn’t have to be painful and should bring you relief.
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