We offer complete hearing evaluations from about age 3 and up. If your child will wear either headphones or insert earphones, we can test him or her. However, at this time we do not have the equipment to perform Visual Reinforcement or Play Audiometry in a calibrated sound field for younger children. We recommend visiting the pediatric audiologists at either Cincinnati or Dayton Children's Hospital for these services.
Available standard tests include:
Hearing losses are not all the same.
It is very important to evaluate whether a particular hearing loss will likely be helped by hearing aids, and if so, what specific types of sound processing would best meet the requirements of the listener.
Not everyone needs the top level of sound processing to hearing what they want to hear. However, some people who have changing and complex sound environments with a need for excellent speech understanding in noise (for hearing-critical jobs), will benefit the most from the highest level of sound processing technology available at this time.
If hearing aids are not the best or only choice for rehabilitation, the audiologist will inform the client of other recommendations for intervention.
We use proprietary software provided by each manufacturer to fit that manufacturer's hearing aids according to the recommended protocol.
However, our practice goes a step further than 85% of other practices to verify the fitting by using real ear measurements.
This step is critical to achieving the best possible fit the first time. Every ear canal has a different size and shape, and these dimensions affect the sound produced by the hearing aid.
Most of the fitting algorithms used by the hearing aid manufacturers are only based on an "average" ear canal size and shape instead of actually measuring the sound in an individual's ear canal. If you have a perfectly "average" ear canal size and shape, then real ear measurements will make no difference. However, we have never seen a perfectly "average" ear canal in almost 30 years of practice!
Misbehaving hearing aids can often be repaired in our office by changing the wax guard, cleaning, or replacing a part.
We can send your Oticon, Starkey, or Widex hearings aids directly to the manufacturer for repair. For all other hearings aids, we use Starkey All-Make Repair for servicing.
We use the safest documented method for removing cerumen (wax) from the human external auditory canal - lavage. We have a specialized piece of equipment, the Earigator, which warms the water to body temperature so it will not induce dizziness that comes with using water which is too cold or too hot.
Tinnitus Evaluations & Therapy
Hyperacusis Evaluation & Therapy
These are just some of our management strategies for tinnitus:
Who Needs Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Evaluation and Therapy
Auditory Processing Disorder Evaluations
We offer screenings and complete test batteries (SCAN 3C, SCAN 3A, Buffalo Model Central Test Battery, and other individual tests) for APD diagnosis and therapy recommendations.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Therapy
APD therapy, targeted to the specific skill deficit, is available to our clients.
IEP Goals & Meetings
In addition to providing a comprehensive Auditory Processing Evaluation report and IEP goals (for students), Dr. Verbsky is available to attend your student's IEP meeting if desired.
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