Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
The professionals at Cincinnati Hearing Center are committed to guiding you through the entire process of addressing your hearing health, from answering your questions about hearing loss and providing individualized consultation to finding the hearing solutions that are right for you, your lifestyle, and your budget. Get ready to enjoy what you’ve been missing. It’s the little things in life that mean the most.
The first step is to come into our office for a complimentary hearing consultation. One of our highly trained audiologists will evaluate your hearing health, discuss her findings with you in easy-to-understand terms, address any concerns that you may have, and explain what steps should be taken next.
Cincinnati Hearing Center looks forward to serving as your personal resource for all of your hearing concerns. Our staff would be more than happy to give you an overview of how hearing works, as well as the symptoms and causes of hearing loss and its effects. We can also explain what could happen if a hearing loss goes untreated and provide recommendations on how to hear what you’ve been missing so that you are free to enjoy life to the fullest.
When you come in (or bring in a loved one) for a hearing evaluation, our audiologists will spend time listening to your concerns and performing some painless tests to determine whether you have a hearing loss and if so, how severe it is. This process only takes about an hour.
What to Expect During a Hearing Evaluation:
1. Assessment: Our hearing professionals will ask you a series of questions regarding your medical and hearing history. These questions will be about the noise you’ve been exposed to in your life, any injuries or illnesses that may have affected your hearing, and any medications that you are currently taking.
2. Visual Examination: An otoscope, a cone-shaped device with a light inside, will be used to examine your eardrums and ear canals. Our hearing professionals will be looking for any physical or external problems with the ears before testing your hearing.
3. Tone Test: Once you’ve answered the assessment questions and have finished the visual examination, we’ll begin the hearing test. Our hearing professionals will take you to a sound-treated room that blocks out sounds from the outside, and earphones will be inserted in your ears. When we administer the test, you will be listening for tones in a variety of pitches. All you need to do is push a hand-held button when you hear the sounds.
This hearing test evaluates all aspects of your hearing in both ears, including eardrums, canals, and sounds that are transmitted through the bone behind each ear to the inner ear.
4. Speech Test: During this part of the evaluation, we will use a microphone to speak simple words directly into your earphones, and you will need to repeat them. You’ll hear two-syllable words that will get softer and softer until you can’t hear them. Next, you will hear one-syllable words, and the volume will be consistent throughout the rest of the test rather than getting softer and softer as before.
5. Impedance Test: This test will indicate how well your eardrums are moving and whether any middle-ear problems exist. Our professionals will put a probe into your ear and increase or decrease air pressure allowing them to evaluate your middle-ear capabilities.
The results of these tests will be plotted on a graph called an audiogram. An audiogram is arranged with frequencies across the top and shows the relative ability of your right and left ears to hear at various frequencies.
Additional Hearing Care Services:
Hearing Aid Repair
We are able to repair and program most hearing aids, regardless of brand or age.
Assistive Listening Devices
We offer a full line of assistive listening devices (ALDs) and stock a variety of ALDs for you to try out and purchase, including amplified telephones, TV listening devices, doorbells, and alarm clocks. These devices offer people with hearing loss simple, affordable solutions for specific, everyday situations. ALDs alert you to sounds you may not be able to hear well and amplify sounds you would like to hear better. They can make listening and communicating less stressful and tiresome in day-to-day situations, even for those who already wear hearing aids.
Custom earmolds are available for hearing aids or to protect your ears from noise (including occupation-related loud noise), swimming, loud music/instruments, and communication equipment.
Tinnitus affects more than 50 million people in this country alone. About 15 million of those, or 5% of the general population, find it significantly annoying, causing them to seek medical care. Tinnitus can be caused by underlying medical or nonmedical conditions, varying from diabetes, hypertension, and vascular problems to noise exposure, whiplash, and loose hairs in the ear canal.
One of our audiologists is certified by the Tinnitus Practitioners Association to help those who suffer from this sometimes-debilitating symptom. Tinnitus Therapy Centers, our proud partner in helping our tinnitus patients, has had good success in reducing tinnitus symptoms in our patients by using a combined approach of sound therapy and counseling to change the way people view their tinnitus.
Our tinnitus patients report significant improvement following this therapeutic intervention.
We will file your insurance and workers' compensation claims for you. We are also providers for Ford and GM workers' and retirees' programs.
Ask us about available financing. We understand that these are tough economic times. Cincinnati Hearing Center is committed to working with you to make your hearing solutions more accessible.
We offer a two-week trial and a 30-day return policy for your hearing aids. You may receive a full refund or exchange your hearing aids for a new style or brand if need be.