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.

man getting a hearing test

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.

Call (914) 366-3010 for more information about hearing services at Phelps

Monday – Friday

The Speech & Hearing Center is located on the third level at

777 North Broadway
Suite 303
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

parents and newborn child

Our Speech & Hearing Center is an approved Early Intervention Program (EIP) site, which receives New York State and Westchester County funding to provide an audiological assessment for children under age three who may have or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. To find out if your child qualifies for the EIP program, call (914) 813-5094.

The Speech & Hearing Center at Phelps Hospital offers a wide variety of services

The Balance Center at Phelps offers comprehensive diagnostic testing and individualized rehabilitation for people who are experiencing dizziness or imbalance or have been falling. Our staff of experienced physicians, audiologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists work as a team to diagnose the cause, improve the symptoms, and help patients remain independent.

Do you hear ringing in your ears? Perhaps you hear buzzing, roaring, clicking, whooshing, or even music. You could have tinnitus.

Tinnitus is the perception of any sound when no external sound exists. The most common cause of tinnitus is hearing loss; although, not everyone with tinnitus has hearing loss. Other causes may include noise exposure, ear infections, wax buildup in the ear canal, head or neck trauma, hormone changes, medications that damage the ear, or a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Pulsatile tinnitus, a type of tinnitus that steadily pulses in time with your heartbeat, may stem from problematic blood flow to the head or neck.

Pinpointing the exact cause of tinnitus is difficult because it may signal one of some 200 health disorders. The Speech & Hearing Center offers a variety of assessments for tinnitus, which will help us design a treatment plan to provide you with relief.

Our audiologists conduct ABR evaluations on adults to assess the health of their hearing nerve, and on children to determine how well they hear. Newborns with a referral from our Universal Newborn Hearing Screening program may also undergo ABR evaluations so audiologists can evaluate how each of their ears hears at low, middle, and high frequencies.

Central auditory processing refers to how the brain receives and processes auditory information. If you have a central auditory processing disorder, you may hear normally but have trouble distinguishing words, filtering conversation through background noise or identifying which direction sounds are coming from.

Once hearing loss is ruled out, your child or you may need a CAPD assessment if you have the following symptoms:

  • Poor listening skills
  • Easily distracted by extraneous noise
  • Difficulty following verbal instructions
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty processing, sequencing, and integrating information
  • Difficulty differentiating between similar sounding words

Following a hearing loss diagnosis, our audiologists will evaluate the treatment that best meets your lifestyle, living arrangement, recreational activities, vision, and manual dexterity. This may include a hearing aid, or assistive listening device (ALD) that helps you hear better while talking on the phone, watching TV, or having a conversation against background noise. Some of these ALD’s connect to hearing aids, while others work alone.