Jan and I planted the seeds of Alabama Hearing Associates almost 20 years ago. But there has been someone who has nurtured the office right alongside us.

That person has been Pam Moore Chambers, our fantastic office manager.

Pam took care of everyone who stepped through our doors – whether that was our patients, our staff, or Susan and me.

And with Pam in charge, everyone felt able to put their best foot forward each day.

So we were very sad when Pam decided to retire from her role at Alabama Hearing Associates this October, after 16 years of wonderful service.

We will miss her wisdom, steady leadership, and faithful support. But after working so hard for so many years, we also hope she enjoys a fantastic retirement.

It’s a testament to her fantastic work ethic and determination that today we’re an office of 11 staff members.

We love you, Pam, and wish you a million blessings in the years to come!

 

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Dr. Susan Sheehy

Dr. Susan Sheehy

Dr. Sheehy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in audiology at the University of Alabama before beginning her career as a clinical audiologist in Huntsville. In 2005, she received her doctorate in audiology from Salus University. Dr. Sheehy is one of a specialized subset of audiologists certified in tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT). By appointment from the governor, she has served as a member and chairperson of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
    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.