Hearing loss is common and treatable
Hearing loss is a common but not insignificant part of the aging process. In adulthood, hearing loss occurs gradually, affecting approximately one-third of Americans between ages 65 and 75, according to the National Institutes of Health. By age 75, one half of Americans will experience some degree of hearing loss.
A complete adult hearing evaluation consists of tests that assess the function of your outer, middle, and inner ear. It also characterizes the presence, type, location, and severity of your hearing loss. In addition to conducting these tests, our audiologist may refer you to a physician to address any medical issues that may be contributing to your hearing problems.
Expertise in pediatric hearing issues
Assessing children’s hearing presents unique challenges. The audiologists in the Phelps Speech & Hearing Center are specially trained in techniques that capture children’s attention, as well as the most information in the least amount of time. When children do not respond voluntarily, we use tools such as Tympanometry, Otoacoustic emissions, and Auditory Brainstem Response testing to assess their hearing objectively.
All newborns born at Phelps Hospital undergo Universal Newborn Screening before they go home, as required by New York State. This screening measures newborns’ auditory function and includes the nonintrusive Auditory Brainstem Response screening exam. The exam entails placing soft electrodes on infants’ forehead, neck, and shoulder, and earmuffs over their ears, while a computer instantly evaluates their ability to hear a soft noise that is delivered to each ear. Results are immediate.