Saturday 21 September 2019
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Audiology and Hearing Aid Services was founded in 1984 in conjunction with Ear, Nose and Throat
Associates of Savannah. With patient care as a top priority, the team of experienced Doctors of
Audiology work to meet the unique hearing healthcare needs of every patient.
Audiology and Hearing Aid Services provides a full range of audiological services, including
complete hearing evaluations, tinnitus (ringing in ears) evaluations, hearing aid consultations,
hearing aid customization, aural rehabilitation, bone anchored hearing device fittings and follow up,
speech in noise testing, the most up to date sophisticated hearing aid technology and the latest
advances in the hearing healthcare industry. The team of Doctors of Audiology attend trainings
around the world to provide the latest in hearing healthcare to better serve their patients.
Doctors of Audiology are trained to treat, diagnose and monitor disorders of the hearing and
balance system. They are trained in anatomy and physiology, amplification devices, cochlear
implants, electrophysiology, acoustics and counseling. At minimum, Doctors of Audiology have a
doctoral level degree in Audiology, as well as supervised externship. This usually requires eight years
of post- secondary education, four years which are focused on the medical, diagnostic and
rehabilitative aspects of hearing loss, hearing aids and balance system.
A study published by John Hopkins found no difference in the rate of cognitive decline between
people with normal hearing and people with hearing loss who wore hearing aids. In contrast,
cognitive decline is significantly accelerated for people who have hearing loss and don't use hearing
aids. For the first time, we are seeing evidence that hearing aids are a prevention against accelerated
cognitive decline associated with hearing loss. Researchers agree that cognitive decline is likely
related to the lack of social interaction that older adults have because of their hearing loss. The
assumption has been that if people use hearing aids and thus become socially active again or are able
to maintain an appropriate level of social activity, then they would decrease their risk of a more rapid
decline in cognitive skills.
Not all hearing aids are created equally. Choosing the right hearing device is crucial to the success of
the hearing aid fitting. A Doctor of Audiology can help guide you in this process. Some factors that
should be considered are:
• Severity of the hearing loss: The amount (mild to severe)
and configuration (high pitched or low pitched) of the
hearing loss and testing to determine how you hear in noise.
• Processing Ability: Patient's ability to process sound in
both quiet environments and in noise.
• Dexterity: Ability to handle small objects
• Lifestyle: The environments you are in will dictate the
level of hearing aid technology you will need to meet the
demands in those situations. For example, the noisier the environment,
the more technology is needed in the hearing aid to control the background noise.
• Cosmetics: Hearing aids range in size from invisible
in the ear to micro behind the ear devices.
Hearing aids come in a variety of colors and shapes.
Actively wearing hearing aids will help keep a person mentally fit. The use of these devices reduce
the risk of cognitive decline. Understanding how your brain and your ears work together is key to a
person with hearing loss. There is technology available to help by sending clearer sounds to your brain
in a way you will understand it. If you hear better, your stress level goes down and your quality of life
So, if you think you are experiencing hearing loss, call our office today and make an appointment to
see one of these Doctor of Audiology.

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