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Although Audiology is Not Rocket Science, We Do Take Care of Rocket Scientists

The Most Trusted Hearing Experts in North Alabama

Your journey to better hearing is like the Space Race in the 1960’s. It took more than a rocket to put a man on the moon. Apollo 11 required the knowledge and commitment of NASA scientists and engineers.

At Alabama Hearing Associates, we know that the right technology combined with the right audiologist makes all the difference!

Hearing loss creates a barrier to good communication, causing the brain to work overtime trying to understand speech. Our goal is to reconnect you to the people you need to hear, so that you can continue to meet your personal goals and live your best life.

Premium hearing aid technology and audiological best practices established by industry leaders are at the core of our treatment recommendations.

This methodical, evidence-based approach to hearing healthcare reunites you with friends, family, and colleagues so that you feel confident tackling each and every day.

With offices in Madison and Huntsville, you have access to Alabama’s most trusted Doctors of Audiology.

If you are ready to take the first step, call us today at 256-319-4327 (Madison) or 256-489-0903 (Huntsville).

Alabama’s Most Trusted Hearing Care Experts

Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations

Do You Struggle to Understand Speech in Noise?

Hearing loss can affect anyone, at any point in life, and can be triggered by a number of biological and environmental factors. A common warning sign for hearing loss is the inability to understand conversations in noisy social situations and restaurants.

If you struggle to understand speech in noise, we recommend scheduling a Functional Hearing Assessment. Unlike a basic hearing test, our Functional Hearing Assessment is a comprehensive communication evaluation, from ear to brain.

 

Advanced Hearing Technology

The Latest Hearing Technology

Our community understands better than most what can be achieved when you combine technology with human intelligence and persistence. It is much the same with hearing technology.

The latest hearing aid technology is incredibly powerful, offering stellar sound quality and performance. Wireless connections allow phone calls, music and television to stream directly to your hearing aids for exceptional clarity.

But hearing aids do not fit and program themselves! For best outcomes, you also need the human touch and expertise provided by our Doctors of Audiology.

COGNITIVE HEALTH

LISTENING WITH YOUR BRAIN

At Alabama Hearing Associates, we don't just treat your ears, we treat the whole person. While your ears collect sound, your brain is what interprets it into meaningful speech. In other words, you hear with your ears, but you listen with your brain.

Studies show a strong link between age-related hearing loss and accelerated cognitive decline. Long-term hearing deprivation can affect cognitive performance, especially in complex listening environments.

Request a Callback

It is often the small things that hold us back from making a decision. That’s why we are on hand to help.

Simply complete the Callback form to request a friendly, no-obligation conversation with one of our helpful team members.

Meet the
AuDCouple

Dr. Jan Liles and Dr. Susan Sheehy fondly refer to themselves as, The AuDCouple. They are best friends and business partners who founded one of Alabama’s most trusted audiology clinics, Alabama Hearing Associates.

Through the AuDCouple’s podcast and other resources, many people turn to them for advice, support, and expertise on all aspects of hearing health.

If you have a question, they’d be delighted to answer. 

ASK THE ‘AUDCOUPLE’ A QUESTION

Dr Jan Liles

Dr. Jan

Doctor of Audiology

Dr Susan Sheehy

Dr. Susan

Doctor of Audiology

”I am 55 years old and took a stab at hearing aids about eight years ago. At that time, my audiologist in San Antonio ran the basic test of boops and beeps and sold me a set of hearing aids, which he knew nothing about — including how to program them. After about three years of hearing “the same mumbling, only louder,” I put the aids in a drawer and moved on, resigned to lip-reading and asking people to repeat what they said. Jump to March 2021, when I discovered YouTube videos about how hearing loss and cognition decline are related. Dr. Cliff’s channel in particular, explains a diagnostic technology called the Cognivue Thrive. He also lists providers who use his best practices to thoroughly test your hearing in real life scenarios to develop a comprehensive look at the activity between your ears and your brain. Alabama Hearing Associates is on that list!

Working with Dr. Susan at Alabama Hearing Associates is the best decision I’ve ever made. My first appointment was eye-opening and informative. In addition to the initial beeps and boops test, they take you through an adaptive session of several different types of hearing EXPERIENCES. And that’s what makes hearing loss so difficult, right? It’s the different kinds of situations that confuse your brain, when your ears can’t hear very well. This technology (and Dr. Susan, of course!) tests sound tolerance levels, speech to noise ratios and much more. Once Dr. Susan reviews the results with you, she offers suggestions for all of the different options to improve your life and reach your goals. She takes measurements inside your ears, using cutting-edge sonar technology and begins initial programming with a set of hearing aids.

In adjusting the programming, you go back through some of the speech-to-noise testing and can actually see the measurable, quantitative improvements in your hearing. Finally, you get to decide the level of service you want and the type (and color!) of hearing aids that will be engineered specifically for you. My experience was fantastic! My wife was encouraged to come with me to provide insight into my hearing and cognitive behavior. She was moved to discover how hard my brain had been working to compensate for my hearing loss. She was also impressed with the thorough exam and wealth of information Dr. Susan shared with us. We both know so much more now, and I can finally enjoy a summer evening around the firepit with friends — when I don’t have to struggle to read lips in the dark. Give yourself the gift of a lifetime and make your appointment today!”

An Alabama Hearing Associates Patient

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Basic Hearing Test

A basic hearing test begins with an air conduction test. You will be seated in a soundproof booth and single-use, foam earphones will be inserted into your ear canals. The Audiologist will ask you to push a button or raise your hand when you barely hear a series of beeps (tones) presented at various frequencies (pitches) to obtain your air conduction thresholds.

To determine whether your hearing loss is a conductive (mechanical) loss, sensorineural (permanent) loss or combination of the two, we perform a bone conduction test.  

For this test, a head band is place on the bone behind one of the ears to obtain your bone conduction thresholds. This process provides a different form of sound transmission using vibration, which bypasses the eardrum and the middle ear bones and directly stimulates the auditory nerve. When you hear the beeps/tones, you will push a button or raise your hand.

If bone conduction thresholds are better than air conduction thresholds (through the foam inserts), you have a conductive hearing loss. This suggests a problem with the mechanical structures (moving parts) of the ears.

Conductive hearing loss is often a medically treatable condition for which we will provide you with a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician. However, if bone and air conduction thresholds match, it indicates a sensorineural hearing loss (permanent), and the treatment will likely involve hearing aids.

ALL INCLUSIVE PLAN

$6,790

Comprehensive 5-Year treatment plan with premium technology

If you want premium “out of this world” technology and the highest level of service and expert support, our All-Inclusive treatment plan is the right investment for you.

The All-Inclusive treatment plan offers long-term value for your on-the-go lifestyle, providing everything you need to connect with family and friends for years to come.

Includes:

• Stellar hearing devices from top manufacturer (rechargeable option available)

• Wireless accessory included at no charge

• Comprehensive Annual Visit including hearing assessment, hearing device adjustment, and 19-Point preventative maintenance valutaion

• Bi-annual hearing aid software update and reprogramming

• Same day diagnosis and in-office repair during weekdays for devices dropped off before 3:00 p.m.

• 5-Year full-service repair warranty

• Unlimited remote hearing aid adjustments

• 100% moisture removal by Redux and cleaning

• Hearing aid supplies (stock receivers, batteries, domes and filters)

• $1000 contribution towards purchase of upgraded technology within 48 months

• 3-Year replacement warranty for loss or damage (no deductible)

• Dedicated team of hearing care experts at your service

• Unlimited teleaudiology appointments

• Access to our “speed of light” repair specialists