- Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
- Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Testing
- Tinnitus Evaluation and Management
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Evaluations
- BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid)
- Hearing Device Dispensing & Fitting
- In-Office Hearing Device Services
- Assistive Devices
- Custom Hearing Protection
- Cochlear Implant Candidacy Evaluations and Post-Operative Programming
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
The audiometric evaluation consists of listening to tones through headphones and a special headband called a bone conductor. The patient responds to the tones by pushing a button. This test allows the hearing professional to evaluate the hearing status and the amount of hearing impairment. Speech testing is also performed to determine the patient’s ability to understand words.
This test can be modified to test children’s hearing as well.
Tympanometry is used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones, by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal. It is an objective test of middle ear function. It is not a hearing test, but rather a measure of energy transmission through the middle ear. This test should always be viewed in conjunction with pure tone audiometry. Tympanometry is a valuable component of the audiometric evaluation. In evaluating hearing loss, tympanometry assists in determining between sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Testing
Otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) is a simple, non-invasive test that can be used to screen hearing (particularly in neonates, infants, or individuals with developmental disabilities), and estimate hearing sensitivity.
This test requires the patient to be still and quiet during the testing.
Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment
Our audiologists will complete a comprehensive assessment to determine the cause of your tinnitus. We will then review your individual needs to develop a customized solution for you.
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) evaluations
ABR testing is used to determine hearing status. It does not require a response from the patient so it is used for testing newborn infants, young children, and other patients who may not be able to respond appropriately during traditional hearing testing. ABR testing is performed by attaching surface electrodes (similar to those used for an EEG) to the patient’s head to measure the response of the hearing nerve. ABR testing is a safe and painless test of the auditory pathway and brainstem function in response to click-type stimuli.
BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid)
BAHA devices are appropriate for some individuals with hearing loss. Our audiologist will make the recommendation if they are appropriate. This clinic provides all diagnostic, programing and follow-up care for these devices.
Hearing Device Dispensing & Fitting
Our staff emphasizes the importance of involving your family in the process of getting amplification. It is important that your loved ones have realistic expectations and understand how they can help you hear better. We provide ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing device purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing devices. We encourage all our patients to come in for a regular hearing device check-ups and cleanings.
In-Office Hearing Device Services
We provice in office repairs, maintenance and programming.
When hearing aids are not enough or not appropriate, we offer devices for the TV, cell phones, landline telephones, FM classroom amplification, and sound alert devices.
Custom Hearing Protection
The Walla Walla Clinic provides custom hearing protection. The following custom products are available:
- Industrial hearing protection
- Musicians earplugs
- Shooters Plugs (used for hunting)
- Mp3 molds
- Musician monitors
Items available for purchase
- Hearing device batteries
- Dry and Store containers and accessories
- Hearing device cleaning supplies