Audiology is the field of clinical practice and research devoted to the study of hearing disorders, assessment of hearing, hearing conservation, and aural rehabilitation.
Cleveland Clinic's Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy Audiological Management Program offers hearing-impaired persons and their families solutions based on individual lifestyle and needs.
Audiological and Hearing aid services are provided by licensed Audiologists that hold the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) certificate of clinical competence (CCC-A). All Audiological staff participates in continuing education in order to ensure state-of-the-art knowledge, skills and abilities.
Who are audiology and hearing aid services for?
Individuals that exhibit or experience the following warning signs or changes in behavior that may be related to hearing loss include and may benefit from Audiological services:
- Perceiving that people mumble
- Continually asking people to repeat what they have said
- Avoiding noisy rooms, social occasions or family gatherings
- Preferring the television or radio to be louder than other people do
- Having trouble hearing at the movies or theater, your house of worship or other public gatherings
- Having difficulty understanding people when you cannot see their faces
- Having difficulty understanding conversations in a group
- Finding yourself straining to hear conversations
- Having difficulty hearing on the telephone
What does audiology and hearing aid services involve?
Our Audiologists provide an evaluation that will determine the degree and type of hearing loss as well as its impact on your ability to communicate. The test results will allow the audiologist to determine what devices are right for you. Our Audiological services include:
- Free Hearing Screening:
This screening gives an overall picture of how you are hearing sounds critical to understanding speech.
- Audiological (Hearing) Evaluation:
Hearing Aid Selection, Sales, Repair and Servicing: Individual needs are assessed to determine which hearing aid style and features will best serve the patient’s needs and lifestyle. Hearing aids are sold on a 30-day trial basis and carry at least a 1-year warranty on service, loss and/or damage beyond repair.
- Visual Speech Mapping:
Evaluation to determine how well your hearing aid is amplifying sound critical to hearing speech.
- Video Otoscopy:
Allows viewing of one’s own outer ear including the ear canal and tympanic membrane on a television monitor. Any blockage that could cause hearing loss can be seen.
How long will audiology and hearing aid services take?
Initial Audiological/Hearing screenings and evaluations typically take 30 to 60 minutes. Upon evaluation, your Audiologist will discuss with you and your family members the various styles of hearing devices. Together you and you audiologist will decide what is most appropriate for your lifestyle and communication needs, as well as your financial considerations.
Approximately 1 to 2 weeks after your hearing needs assessment, you will return to be fitted with your hearing devices. The proper use, care and maintenance of the devices will be explained to you at this time. All hearing devices have a 30-day right-to-return period, which gives you time to evaluate how well the devices work for you in everyday life. During this 30-day period, you will be scheduled to return for at least one follow-up visit.
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