A hearing test is the first action in identifying the nature of your hearing loss. If you have a hearing loss, the test results will indicate its level, type, and specifics. Dr. McGuire will administer a variety of tests and tests to determine your particular hearing loss and identify and comprehend speech.
These hearing tests first weed out certain kinds of hearing loss, and we evaluate which types of hearing loss can be treated surgically in advance of using hearing aids or other treatments. If our evaluation determines that you require hearing aids, Dr. McGuire will recommend devices that will give you the best hearing outcomes.
Hearing Aid Fittings
The hearing aid selection process includes an in-depth interview with you to learn about your lifestyle, your expectations, your preferences, and your thoughts about any previous experiences with hearing aids. Your test results, along with your response, will be used to help pull together different options.
If it is determined that you require hearing aids, Audiologist Dr. McGuire will work with you to find the right hearing aids to address your specific needs. This process of programming your hearing aids and testing their performance is called a hearing aid fitting.
Earwax—or cerumen—is an essential part of our hearing health. A natural product of our bodies, earwax lines the ear canals to perform a number of essential functions:
- Keep the skin in the ear canal moist and healthy
- Prevent foreign material from reaching the eardrum and potentially damaging it
- Prevent germs from getting into the body
- Prevent bugs from flying into the ear (they find the smell of earwax distasteful)
Live Speech Mapping
For decades, the process of fitting hearing aids has involved return visits to your hearing care professional. This is because it takes some time to find out how your hearing aids actually sound to you! What sounds good in a hearing care provider’s office may not sound as good when you’re outside in the real world. At The McGuire Hearing Center, we are happy to make as many fitment adjustments as you require, but we also know you’ll be happier if your hearing aids work better for you right from the start!
Tinnitus Assessment & Management
More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from tinnitus, which is typically characterized by ringing, whooshing, or any other sorts of noises. Tinnitus is generally accompanied by multiple physical symptoms, including frustration, depression, and anxieties.
Tinnitus can be effectively treated, and many people with tinnitus have been able to manage their symptoms. If you're dealing with distressing symptoms, it is a smart idea to meet with us. Using an audiological strategy that's tailor-made for each patient, we figure out the best treatment method for you to manage your symptoms in the best way possible.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Hearing aids have changed a lot in recent years. Somehow, as technology has advanced, these devices have become a lot smaller, and some hearing aids now offer rechargeability and Bluetooth connectivity. As sophisticated as they are, hearing aids are worn every day, which subjects them to the normal wear-and-tear you find with any electronic device. Hearing aids may need repair or service from time to time. Here at The McGuire Hearing Center, we repair and service all major brands, whether or not you bought your hearing devices from us. Contact us to learn more.
Custom Hearing Protection
Prolonged or sudden exposure to loud noise is one of the primary causes of hearing loss. A gradual loss of hearing is well-known as a late effect of noise exposure, which makes it permanent in many cases.
Anyone who spends time in noisy environments regularly such as target shooters, motorcyclists, airline pilots, musicians, and construction and manufacturing workers should pay close attention to hearing safety. Those routinely exposed to noise are recommended to protect their hearing, particularly with custom hearing protection.
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening devices allow you the ability to understand clearly in a range of situations, such as small group settings or in public areas where extra amplification would be useful.
There are many types of assistive listening devices designed for those who need help to improve sound processing. Some are intended to deal with larger environments such as schools, theatres, and airports. Other styles are designed for interactions in smaller settings and one-on-one. You don't have to have a hearing aid to use one. These devices can be used independently of any hearing system.