According to statistics by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) approximately 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss. The NIDCD estimates that approximately 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities and only one out of five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.
Here at The Audiology Center, Dr. Jackie Niedringhaus provides the following services:
- Custom Earmolds
- Diagnostic testing of infants thru adults
- Hearing aid sales of the newest technology
- Hearing aid orientation classes
- Assistive listening devices
- Repair of most hearing aid brands
- Consultation to public and private schools
- Services to nursing homes and assisted living
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Molds and More Molds!
We offer custom earmolds for non amplified use as well as for hearing protection. Our most popular are the custom swim molds and custom molds for use with ipods and cell phones. We also make earpieces for pilots, stethoscopes, race car driver sets, anesthesiologists, and TV communication earpieces. Hearing protection for recreation and work including molds for musicians, dentists, snoring, recording engineers, sound crews, industrial workers, and dance club employees can also be custom made. Molds for hearing protection include ER-9, ER-15, ER – 25, Sonic II, and Hearsavers. Call our office at (803) 327-1900 for an appointment for impressions for custom molds. I use custom molds with my ipod and even I was surprised at how much more comfortable the custom molds are than the earbuds that came with the ipod.
Our goal at The Audiology Center is the diagnosis, education and treatment of hearing loss using the most up to date techniques and technology. We provide diagnostic testing of infants through adults with the use of pure tone air, bone, and speech audiometry and acoustic imminence testing using acoustic reflexes, tympanometry and static compliance. Distortion product otoacoustic emissions are used to test the integrity of the outer hair cells of the inner ear and allows us an estimate of hearing in very young children. Video otoscopy allows us, as well as the patient, to visualize the tympanic membrane and the outer ear canal on a TV screen. This provides an excellent source for educating patients in hearing and hearing loss.
We are also proud to fit a variety of hearing aids with the most advanced technology and the newest styles. We fit all levels of technology from the basic digital hearing aid to the most sophisticated circuit. Our goal in fitting hearing aid is to get the right technology for each person’s needs and budget. We will explain all options available and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. Together we determine the hearing aid that is best for you.
An important part of fitting hearing aids is teaching you how to use and care for your hearing aids. When your are fit with new hearing aids we will also send time teaching you how to operate and care for your hearing aids. Hearing aid orientation classes are also offered to new and repeat uses. These classes are designed to go a step further after a basic fitting and offers information on such topics as using a telecoil option for large area amplification and benefits of multiple settings on your hearing aid. A variety of other assistive devices such as TV amplifiers and FM systems are also presented. The class consists of 4-8 other new or repeats users and it meets for an hour once a week for three weeks.
Education about the use of other assistive listening devices is also a part of our education program. For some hearing impaired individuals, the use of hearing aids may not be needed or may not be an option for medical or financial reasons. We can look at individual needs and offer assistance for specific needs such as telephone amplification for home phones and cell phones, different TV amplification systems, and alerting systems for persons with no useable hearing. We are also able to provide specific needs such as amplified stethoscopes.
The Audiology Center also provides repair of most hearing aid brands. We are able to make basic repairs in the office. If we are unable to repair your hearing aid, we will be happy to send your hearing aid in to the original manufacturer for repair or to a lab that can repair all makes and brands. Most make and models of programmable hearing aids can be set in our office once repaired.
Services to many of the area nursing homes and assisted living facilities are provided on a monthly basis. Some facilities are scheduled for the same day each month (such as the first Thursday each month) while some facilities are served on an as needed basis. We also provide services on a consultative basis to area public and private schools.