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  • Excellent customer/patient care. Easy to talk to and attentive to detail. Always explain the issues and work diligently to resolve problems

    Mike Nix Avatar
    Mike Nix
  • They are very friendly and helpful. They answer all questions and concerns.

    Mark Majewski Avatar
    Mark Majewski
  • I have tinnitus and mild hearing loss. Dr. Susan Sheehy is fabulous. I recently got hearing aids that have the option of having a masking sound that really helps reduce the annoyance of the tinnitus sound. The app on my smart phone is amazing with all the options. This is also a well-run office where you actually get a real person who is professional and pleasant to talk to every time you call. Outstanding audiologist practice.

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  • It is always a pleasure to visit Alabama Hearing Associates. Great service, very professional and extremely friendly. They are the best. Highly recommended.

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    Tom Keeney
  • Dr. Jan Liles and her staff are some of the most caring and competent medical professionals we have encountered. We are so grateful for the way this practice serves our community and beyond with their dedication to patients and families. I whole heartedly recommend this practice for heating needs.

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    Lauren Sulcer Jenkins

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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.