Audiology and Hearing Aid Services

Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations

Scheduled and performed by our licensed and nationally certified Hearing Healthcare Professional are subject to professional fees. Insurance often covers these services.

Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations

During your examination you will be tested using a series of low & high frequency words to determine your ability to understand verbiage within a conversation. We will also give you several words to repeat. The results will help us determine your percentage of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech and how hearing aids will improve your ability to hear.

Hearing Evaluations for Children

A hearing test for a child is often not as simple as a hearing test for an adult. For this reason, audiologists are trained in specific techniques to evaluate the hearing of a child. Toys, games, and lights are used in the testing room to help obtain responses from a child to soft tones, noises, or words. The child may wear headphones or listen to the sounds in a room with speakers.

In Office Services

We encourage ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aid(s). We encourage all our patients to come in for regular hearing aid check-ups and cleaning.

Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, and Warranties come with all brands of hearing aids. We offer in-office repairs when possible on most makes/models.

Visual Reinforcement Audiometry - This procedure is used for children in the 6-month to 2-year range. With this technique, young children are taught to turn toward a moving toy every time they hear a sound.

Conditioned Play Audiometry - This is the test of choice for children in the 2 - 3 year age range. Children are taught to perform a simple task (e.g., putting rings on a peg) every time they hear a sound.

Conventional Test Techniques - These techniques are used with older children and adults. Patients are asked to push a button or raise their hand when a sound is heard.

Custom Ear Protection

Custom ear plugs made to protect ears from loud noise (both environmental and recreational).

Evaluation and Fitting for Musician's Ear Plugs

Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings. They are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods, which may put them at risk for permanent hearing damage. Musician’s ear plugs are custom-made devices that help to limit the sound exposure from instruments, while still providing a rich musical experience for the performer or audience.

Hearing Aids

We provide hearing aids for newborns through adults.

Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection

During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with a licensed professional who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, technologies, and benefits to wearing hearing aids. You may be shown different styles or have the opportunity to try different hearing aids in the office. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing aid chosen.

Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting

At the hearing aid fitting, you will receive the hearing aids you selected. They are programmed based on a prescription that is specific to each person’s hearing loss. The hearing professional may make adjustments after you try the hearing aids to make sure the settings and fit are ideal for you.

Hearing Aid Repairs

Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your hearing professional can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.

Infant testing

The majority of infants born in hospitals are screened for hearing before going home. This type of hearing test uses small headphones and stickers that attach to the baby’s skin. A soft clicking sound is played in each ear, and a computer measures the brain’s response to the sound. The baby sleeps during this short, painless test. Babies who did not receive a hearing screening at birth should be screened within the first month of life.

Visual Reinforcement Audiometry - This procedure is used for children in the 6-month to 2-year range. With this technique, young children are taught to turn toward a moving toy every time they hear a sound.

Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) testing Industrial hearing screenings

Workers in certain occupations are required to receive regular hearing tests due to the risk of hearing loss that can be caused by excessive noise in their workplace. These hearing screenings can be completed in less than 30 minutes, and comply with the standards set by OSHA.

Tinnitus Evaluation and Management

Tinnitus is described as a ringing in the ear, and can range in severity. A tinnitus evaluation can help you identify how much tinnitus interferes with your daily life and if there are treatment options that can benefit you.

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Test

This test can be used to determine if the tiny hair cells in the inner ear are functioning normally. The procedure is painless and can be performed even within the first day or two of life. To measure OAEs, a miniature earphone and microphone are placed in the ear canal. Sounds are presented and a response from the inner ear is recorded. Patients do not need to respond in any way; they simply need to remain still for approximately 1 to 2 minutes. When testing young children, toys and other visual distracters are used to keep them quiet and calm.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing for Infants

An Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) is a hearing test that measures the brain’s response to sounds. ABRs are often used for infants or children who cannot give verbal or behavioral responses to sounds they hear. The ABR uses small stickers that are placed on the skin of the head and headphones that are placed in each ear. The infant must remain sleeping for the duration of the test. An audiologist interprets the responses that are measured and determines the child’s level of hearing in each ear. An ABR test can last between 30 minutes and 2 hours and is not painful for the child.

Speech Perception Tests

When hearing loss is present, it is important to determine how well the patient can understand speech under different listening conditions. A variety of speech perception tests are available to test patients ranging from 3 years through adulthood.

Swim Plugs

Custom made plugs to protect your childs ears from water. Either for a child who has had pressure equalization tubes inserted or for the swimmer.

Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex Tests

A common cause of hearing loss is middle ear dysfunction. Problems such as fluid in the middle ear, a tear or hole in the eardrum, or problems with the small bones in the middle ear can result in hearing loss that generally can be treated medically or surgically. These tests are used to diagnosis problems in the middle ear. To obtain a tympanogram, a small earphone is placed in the ear canal and eardrum movement is measured in response to air pressure changes. The acoustic reflex test checks the function of a small muscle in the middle ear.

Tympanometry is an examination 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.

We care for your Hearing health.

Hear 4 U offers hearing aids and hearing healthcare services including hearing screening, hearing evaluation and tinnitus treatment in Miami, Homestead, Key West and Surfside FL also serves Panama and Dominican Republic with two offices.

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