Hearing Evaluations Provided by Windsor Audiology Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic
Windsor Audiology is Northern Colorado’s premier hearing healthcare professional. We are here to help you and your loved ones on your journey to better hearing. Your hearing is as important as every other sense in your body. At Windsor Audiology, we strive to provide the best services in Northern Colorado. We evaluate and treat patients of all ages that are struggling with their hearing. Did you know, your hearing is also known as your auditory sense. It is a vital part of our daily lives, and most do not even realize they are struggling with hearing. It is our passion at Windsor Audiology to improve the lives of people through better hearing with exceptional service.
Adult and Pediatric Care
Did you know nearly 1 out of 8 people in the United States (ages 12 and older) suffer from a hearing loss? We provide audiologic services for both adult and pediatric populations and are able to effectively treat hearing and tinnitus symptoms. Hearing loss affects not only you but your loved ones as well as everyone around you. Our hearing tests are specific for adult and child patients, and they are an extremely important tool that is used by our Doctor of Audiology to understand the depth of the issues related to the auditory system. At our office in Windsor Colorado, Dr. Johnson will gather your history, plan an evaluation course, and provide an individualized treatment plan. Your hearing evaluation will include: taking a look at the outer ear, measuring movement of the small bones behind the eardrum, and measuring your hearing thresholds. This course of evaluation will provide a picture to understand what may be causing the disruption in your hearing. Without an auditory evaluation, you or a loved one could be living with an undiagnosed hearing problem that affects day-to-day tasks like understanding important instructions. It’s recommended children receive annual hearing screenings. These annual screenings generally occur at your child’s school, although some Charter and private schools do not screening hearing annually. Windsor Audiology does offer hearing screenings for children who do not receive annual screenings at school. We also offer a complete diagnostic hearing evaluation if your child has not passed his or her school screening. As for adults, more than 30% of people over age 65 have some type of hearing loss, 14% of those between 45 and 64 have hearing loss. Close to 8 million people between the ages of 18 and 44 have hearing loss. Due to these statistics, provided by American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, Windsor Audiology recommends that adults 45 and older receive a hearing test every 2 years, then annually once they turn 65 or if a valid hearing loss has been diagnosed.
Why Get a Hearing Test?
Before getting to deep into the how and why you should have your hearing tested on an annual basis after the age of 45, let’s get to know how our ear actually functions. It’s a short explanation so don’t skip over this part, you may learn something new or get a refresher from your 8th grade health class! The outer ear is the part you can see; ear lobe, concha or bowl, tragial notch (that little knob that sticks out) and the outer ear canal. This part of your ear helps capture and transfer sound into your ear canal. The ear canal funnels the sound down to the eardrum and then to the middle ear. Sound vibrations are then sent into the inner ear (via the smallest bones in the body – Malleus, Incus, and Stapes … aka hammer, anvil, stir-up) which then disrupts the fluid in the inner ear where tiny hair cells transmit the signal via electrical impulse to the auditory nerve and sends the signal to your brain, turning all of the sound waves and frequencies into something our brain can comprehend and perceives as “Hearing”. There, all done! We like to keep it short and sweet if we can.
Hearing loss occurs when the sounds vibrations in the inner ear do not stimulate the auditory nerve. There are three types of hearing loss, conductive (affecting the outer and middle ear), sensorineural (affecting the hearing organ, cochlea), and mixed (a combination of both conductive and sensorineural). It’s possible to develop problems with one or both parts of your hearing system, so an auditory evaluation (aka a hearing evaluation) can not only identify if you’re hearing the full range of sounds, but also help diagnose which part of the ear needs further examination or treatment. It is a painless and simple process.
The normal new patient appointment for a diagnostic hearing evaluation will take about sixty to ninety minutes. Seems like a long time, but this provides us with ample time to get to know you, your hearing loss, your hearing lifestyle, and what you are hoping to gain on your journey to better hearing. Our patient focused team will make you feel comfortable throughout the entire process, all with the goal of helping you live the most active and fulfilling life possible.