Hearing is an essential part of effective verbal communication. Loss of hearing can hinder normal speech and language development in children, cause communication breakdown, and over the long term, lead to social isolation.
It is our desire to assist you with sensitivity to better understand your own hearing, the impact it has on your daily functioning, and what can be done to get access to optimal communication function again. At the end of the day it is our hope that we can assist you to achieve a better quality of life.
Core Services & Products
Diagnostic Hearing Tests
A full diagnostic hearing test takes about 45 minutes to complete (+15 minutes feedback). The results obtained from the test gives us an accurate idea of
- whether hearing loss is indeed present
- where (in your hearing system) the damage is
- how big the damage is.
Your hearing test results (also called an audiogram), guides the clinician in recommending appropriate intervention to you. It also helps determine whether your hearing loss is temporary or permanent.
Depending on the type and degree of your hearing loss, intervention will be recommended. This might include
- Referral to a general practitioner (GP)
- Referral to a Ear- Nose- and Throat Specialist (ENT)
- Hearing aid fitting
If you have a permanent hearing loss, hearing aids can assist you in achieving functional communication (and hopefully a more harmonious relationship with your spouse or significant other). The only way to find out if hearing aids are going to really benefit you in your daily life is to take it for a test drive.
This is why we recommend a trial-fitting with hearing aids after a hearing test (if you present with a permanent hearing loss) so you can get a practical experience of the devices and decide for yourself whether it is helpful to you or not.
We work with Widex, Oticon and Unitron hearing aids.
Hearing aid Repairs & Hearing Aid Accessories
Fine tuning and minor repairs of hearing aids are done at the practice. Hearing Aid Batteries and other hearing aid accessories are also available at the Stepmed office. Please give us a ring before you come to make sure we have stock available of the desired accessories.
If you are exposed to high noise levels in your workplace or during social events (hunting, clubbing, woodwork, etc.) your hearing is at risk of damage. One way of safeguarding your hearing is to make use of appropriate hearing protection. Contact us to for more information about available product options suitable for your specific needs.
Prevention is after all better than cure.
When do I come for a hearing test ?
- When you have difficulty hearing speech clearly when there is background noise.
- When it feels like people are mumbling when they don’t look at you when they speak.
- When you frequently experience ringing in your ears (e.g. sunbeetle noise).
- When you have to put the radio or TV volume very loud to hear it.
- When you have to frequently ask people to repeat what they have said.
10 Cool Facts about Hearing
How you hear naturally is fascinating.
Think about it. All of the components of this intricately designed process must work at peak function to carry waves in the air around you to your brain, where they are understood as distinct sounds. Hearing allows you to communicate, learn, experience, and enjoy the world around you.
- The smallest bones are the ossicles in the middle ear: the incus, themalleus, and the stapes (also called the anvil, hammer, and stirrup).
- The inner ear is no larger than a pencil eraser in circumference.
- Your sense of hearing is dependent upon tiny hairs deep inside your ear. If you lose these hairs, you lose your hearing.
- You do not need to clean wax out of your ears unless you have an abnormal condition. Ears push excess wax out as needed.
- The majority of individuals suffering from hearing loss are under the age of 65.
- The number one cause of hearing loss is exposure to excessively loud sounds (85 decibels or higher).
- Your hearing can be damaged permanently even after a single incident of exposure to extremely loud noise (shotgun blast, explosion, etc.).
- Your ears never stop hearing, even when you sleep. Your brain just ignores incoming sounds.
- Your ears are more than just necessary for hearing; they also help you keep your balance.
- Not all living creatures hear with ears. Snakes use jawbones, fish respond to pressure changes, and male mosquitoes use antennae.