Tele Audiology

You Asked, We Answered

That’s One Small Step for Alabama Hearing Associates, One Giant Leap for Hearing Healthcare in Alabama and Beyond

Our community knows better than most how technology is changing the way we communicate with the world around us.

What has historically been challenging is now simple, and we’re constantly exploring new ways to serve our patients, maximizing their time and our own.

In the world of audiology and hearing care, patients have generally been required to travel to the clinic in order to receive face-to-face evaluations and treatment.

Whether seeking an initial discussion about hearing challenges or help with existing hearing devices, an in-office visit would typically be scheduled during normal business hours.

At Alabama Hearing Associates, we are proud to be the first in North Alabama to introduce ‘Teleaudiology’ for new and existing patients.

What is Teleaudiology?

Rather than visiting our office personally, ‘Teleaudiology’ allows you to have face-to-face appointments remotely via video call.

Using your Smart Phone, Tablet or PC, you can personally speak with a Doctor of Audiology regarding hearing loss and tinnitus.

Best of all, many hearing aids have remote programming capabilities, removing the need for some face-to-face appointments. This saves you to time and money, while partnering with the most trusted Doctors of Audiology in the State without travel constraints.

Why Teleaudiology?

Our part of the world is unique, with high tech industries dominating our local economy.

Many of our patients are working professionals, who are comfortable with online calls and meetings. They often prefer virtual appointments and many don’t need the support that a typical hearing aid wearer may require.

At Alabama Hearing Associates, we see ‘Teleaudiology’ as the perfect next step in hearing care for our community, allowing many of our local hard-working heroes to care for their hearing without having to take time away from work.

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Schedule “Ask The Audiologist” Teleaudiology Appointment

If you would like to schedule a ‘Ask The Audiologist’ consultation to discuss your hearing challenges or ask questions, you can schedule a 15-minute complimentary virtual appointment with a Doctor of Audiology.

Were you recently diagnosed with a hearing loss and you’re not sure what to do next? Do you need help making sense of all those online ads for hearing aids and tinnitus cures? Not sure if you need a hearing aid? This may be the best place to start.

To schedule your appointment, complete this form and then choose a date/time on an interactive online schedule.

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

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Choose Your Level of Technology

A Comprehensive12-Step Functional Hearing Assessment

If you struggle to understand conversations in social situations, restaurants, or other noisy environments, you do not need to schedule a basic hearing test. You certainly don’t need to schedule a “free” hearing screening or online hearing test.

You need to schedule a “Connect 365” Functional Hearing Assessment at Alabama Hearing Associates!

Hearing Technology with a Methodical Plan

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.

How do I know my new hearing aids are working properly?

Without verifying that the hearing aid is working correctly from the start, all of the other steps in the hearing aid fitting process are useless. The most sensitive quality control measure is something called Electroacoustic Analysis. We complete EAA on every new set of hearing aids, before delivery of repaired devices, and on an annual basis.

What Is Real-Ear Measurement?

Real-ear measurement (REM) is how an audiologist knows that hearing aids are working the way they should in each patient’s ears.

Ears are as unique as a fingerprint. Because of this, every ear will collect sounds differently.

Even if I had two patients with the exact same hearing loss and hearing aids, there’s almost no chance the hearing aids would be programmed the same way.

Orientation, Counseling, and Follow-up

Dr. Cliff (the creator of the Best Practice Pro Network) said it best:

“Having a detailed orientation can dramatically improve how much success you have with hearing treatment.  Counseling & Follow-up care can also ensure that you have success for years to come.  Regular visits to a hearing care provider who spends the time to discuss treatment related information and who will maintain your devices is extremely important.”

During the orientation, your provider will give you the tools you need to be a successful hearing aid user. Everyone has different learning styles and we want to make sure whatever works best for you is what’s used. After the 75 day adjustment period, routine checkups are necessary to maintain the hearing aids and to ensure optimal hearing healthcare. 

Real World Adjustments

Your hearing loss didn't occur overnight, so it will take some time to adjust to the hearing aids. Your patience and persistence will be well worth it.

Wireless Connections

Most hearing aids automatically come with wireless streaming from smartphones and it has been a lifesaver for those that are working remotely and spending hours on teleconferences. As for other wireless accessories, the two most popular solutions are a small microphone used in less-than-ideal listening environments and a TV streamer that streams the TV’s sound directly into your ears—which can be a lifesaver when watching British TV shows or during football season. If your audiologist believes they would be beneficial for you, they will discuss your options and demonstrate the device in the office.

Assessing Outcomes

To ensure the most success with your hearing devices, we measure the benefits of amplification at the end of your adjustment period—some of the surveys and tests included in the “Connect 365” Functional Hearing Assessment will be repeated to evaluate progress, quality of life, and patient satisfaction with the hearing aids.