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  • I am always happy when I walk away from Alabama Hearing Associates!!! I know I would not be where I am today without Dr. Sheehy and her amazing staff!!!! They have made my hearing challenges manageable and even tolerable!!! They are knowledgeable and professional, but most of all they are personable and compassionate, and I always feel like they sincerely care!!!!!

    Karen Young Avatar
    Karen Young
    10/03/2019
  • Great staff. Very patient , took time to answer all my questions.

    Jerry Courtney Avatar
    Jerry Courtney
    8/20/2019
  • Dr. Liles is one of the most compassionate physicians I have ever had the pleasure of working with. As a 28 year old oncology patient, I have seen many! Dr Liles was thorough with her work up with me and kind beyond measure. She really wants the best for her patients.

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    Harper Grace
    7/08/2019
  • Dr Sheehey is the best! Takes all the time you need and
    is current on the latest and best available hearing aides
    terrific staff, too

    Janet Sakraida Avatar
    Janet Sakraida
    10/28/2019
  • Highly recommend AHA if you have any hearing issues. They will take good care of you.

    Rick Stevens Avatar
    Rick Stevens
    1/23/2020

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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.