Our hearing program is one element of providing patient care for dual sensory wellness– the dual senses of vision and hearing. It’s all part of supporting a healthier lifestyle and to enhance our patients’ quality of life.
Vision and hearing are often recognized as our two most important senses. Unfortunately, both tend to fail as we age. Additionally, a majority of adults haven’t had a hearing test in decades.
So to assist our patients, Vision Institute of Michigan has added hearing care services because a majority of adults who suffer from hearing loss are unaware they have a hearing decline. Catching changes early can save or help preserve hearing– just as it does with vision.
Causes of Hearing Loss
Some types of hearing loss are temporary while others are permanent, and identifying the cause will determine the most appropriate treatment. The most common causes are:
Age-Related Hearing Loss
Also known as presbycusis, age-related hearing loss is the most common. The condition can be genetic, and typically occurs over time. This type of hearing loss is permanent but can be improved with hearing aids.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Being subjected to high levels of noise over a long period can lead to permanent hearing loss. Anything over 85 decibels can be dangerous to your hearing, including the sounds produced by heavy traffic, industrial machinery or high volume music. In some cases, noise-induced hearing loss is temporary and restores over time. However, repeated exposure to high decibels will result in permanent hearing loss that can be treated with custom hearing aids.
Earwax or Object in Ear
In some cases of hearing loss, earwax (cerumen) has been trapped in the ear and will impede or even completely block hearing. A foreign object may be lodged in the ear affecting hearing. Hearing loss caused by blockage is temporary and hearing can be restored with professional cleaning of the ear canal.
Ear Infections or Disorders
Infections, disorders, and certain medications can trigger hearing loss. Discuss the medications you regularly take with our audiologist. It is vital that you seek immediate treatment for an ear infection to avoid the risk of permanent hearing loss caused by damage to the ear structure.
Hearing Services We Offer:
Video ear exams/auditory canal evaluation
This test uses a tiny camera to examine the ear canal and eardrum to identify possible blockages that may be causing hearing loss. You will be able to observe the process on a computer screen.
Comprehensive hearing evaluations
This series of tests will determine the type and degree of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech. The Audiologist will be able to determine the necessary follow-up, treatment, and make appropriate recommendations after this. Sometimes, the hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically, and it is important that these types of hearing losses be ruled out first. The hearing test will help determine this need for medical follow-up.
Hearing aid evaluation
Following the hearing test, the audiologist may find you to be a possible candidate for hearing aids depending on your specific test results. The audiologist will give you an in-house demonstration of the latest hearing aid technology and will program them to your specific hearing loss, so you can see what they will sound like on you. There are many styles and levels of technology, and the audiologist will discuss these options with you depending on your test results, lifestyle, and listening needs.
Hearing aid fitting, programming, and lifetime follow-up care
All the hearing instruments come with a trial/adjustment period, service warranty, loss and damage warranty, and free batteries. All your hearing aid programming adjustments are covered for the life of the hearing instruments. From your very first hearing evaluation through all the years you own your hearing instruments, we assure you a lifetime of attention at our clinic.
Visit Vision Institute Michigan For Your Hearing Loss
Vision Institute of Michigan is a state-of-the-art clinic offering vision, auditory, and cosmetic treatments and services to each patient. Our team of highly-trained, skilled clinicians are focused on patient health, safety, and effective treatments for hearing loss. Each patient is evaluated and a custom treatment plan established to treat hearing or vision loss. Our caring and attentive staff will make you feel comfortable and valued from the moment you step into our office. Visit one of our Detroit-area clinics to evaluate and treat hearing loss.