Hearing Technology with a Methodical Plan

Our community understands better than most at what can be achieved when you combine technology with human intelligence and persistence – it’s much the same with hearing technology.

Although there has historically been a stigma attached to hearing aids through the large, clunky devices that you may remember your grandparents wearing, the good news is that today’s technology is small, discreet, and, in some cases, practically invisible.

The latest technology is incredibly powerful and offers a surreal level of sound quality, boasting features including connectivity with your cell phone, tablets, and television to stream music, audio, and phone calls directly to your hearing aids.

But in the same way that the technology was only part of the reason that we were able to put men on the moon, it’s the same with your hearing.

In order to successfully achieve the objective of achieving better hearing, you also need the human expertise and planning in order to achieve the best set of results.

Through caring for thousands of patients, Alabama Hearing has developed a “Patient Journey,” which outlines the unique process that we use to allow our patients to keep bringing their differences to the world and perform at their best through healthy hearing.

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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.