A laughing baby. Your favorite TV show. A conversation with your best friend. Crickets chirping. Sound adds dimension to your days and nights.
We’re here to help you and or your loved ones hear better so you can get the most out of life. Everything we do focuses on that goal, from the staff we hire, our knowledge and skills, our hearing tests, the brands we select and how we expertly fit your hearing aids, should you need them. It all starts with a hearing evaluation and a conversation with you about your lifestyle, needs and preferences.
What Happens During A Hearing Test?
When you arrive for your hearing exam, our front office staff will greet you and ask you to fill out several forms, including those that record your personal information, medical history and insurance verification.
When your hearing exam begins, we’ll review key personal information with you and ask you a few questions to discover the specific types of environments where you may be experiencing hearing loss and hearing problems.
Next, we may look into your ears with an otoscope, a special instrument to see the ear canal and the eardrum, and/or perform one of the tests below.
During this hearing test, you’ll be tested using a series of low and high frequency tones to determine your ability to understand verbiage within a short distance (as in a conversation). We’ll also give you several words to repeat. The results will help us determine your percentage of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech and if hearing aids will help you.
Tympanometry is a hearing test that creates variations of air pressure in the ear canal to checks the condition of the middle ear, the mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones.
Acoustically evoked otoacoustic emission testing (OAEs) allows the hearing instrument provider to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
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A hearing screening will enable us to determine:
- Whether or not you have hearing loss
- The possible cause of hearing loss
- The degree and type of hearing loss and whether it’s in one or both ears
- The best treatment options
Online Hearing Screener
While there is no replacement for a consultation with a hearing-care expert, our online hearing screening can provide some quick and useful feedback about your hearing.
Pediatric Hearing Tests
Hearing loss is the number one birth defect for newborns. One per one thousand infants are born deaf and five per thousand have an educationally significant hearing loss. The good news is that all babies born in Lafayette Parish now get a hearing screening before they leave the hospital. Many of those that don’t pass the initial screening are referred to our office for further diagnostic testing to determine if the problem is a temporary or permanent loss.
At ACI Hearing & Balance Center, Inc. we utilize state of the art diagnostic tools to identify the degree and severity of the hearing problem. In partnership with the parents, we provide the primary care provider with guidance to provide solutions.
Children identified with a significant hearing loss are now treated in a variety of ways to improve their communication opportunities. Surgical or medical treatment may be provided to solve the problem or lessen the severity of the loss. Many infants are fit with hearing aids or cochlear implants as soon as possible to provide sound stimulation to their brains.
Understanding Your Hearing Test Results
We’ll record the results of your hearing test on a form called an audiogram, which we will review with you. The audiogram reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. We’ll show you the type, pattern and degree of hearing loss, as well as the percentage of normal conversational speech that you’re still able to hear. We will then relate these results to your concerns about your hearing.
Next, we’ll consider treatment solutions. You can count on our team to take the time necessary to understand your concerns so that they can provide you with everything you need to make an informed personal decision.
Schedule a hearing test with our trained audiologists and discover how much sound you’ve been missing… and how much more you could be hearing.
We offer Aural Rehabilitation using clEAR
Listening and hearing are not the same thing. You can hear someone talking but in order to understand what the person is saying, you have to engage your brain and attend to and interpret the words. clEAR auditory brain training provides listening therapy by means of games that are fun to play so you can learn to listen with your new hearing aids.
clEAR auditory brain training was developed by scientists at Washington University in St. Louis and is designed to exercise and develop your listening skills. By playing clEAR’s computerized games, you will learn to recognize speech with greater success and with less effort. Importantly, your certified clEAR Audiologists at ACI Hearing & Balance Center will be providing coaching and support to you every step of the way, thanks to clEAR’s easy-to-read feedback charts and messaging system.