Audiology Services



Audiology Services



Hearing Tests


We use three exams designed to assess the different elements of your hearing: audiometric testing, tympanometry, and otoacoustic emission testing (OAE). Audiometric testing is designed to determine the degree of hearing loss when it comes to tones and speech recognition. Tympanometry assesses the health of your middle ear and eardrum (tympanic membrane), using different levels of air pressure within your ear canal. The OAE test examines the hair cells of your inner ear to determine whether or not they are successfully transmitting neural signals to your brain to be processed as sound.

Results from your hearing test are recorded in an audiogram, which your audiologist will review with you. If a hearing loss is detected, we will work with you to find the best treatment solution, whether that is medication, surgery, or hearing aids.

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Hearing Tests


Hearing tests are the first step on the important journey to better hearing health. At Coweta Hearing Clinic, our audiologists provide thorough, comprehensive care. Hearing tests allow us to determine whether a hearing loss is present, its possible cause(s), the degree and type, and best treatment options.

To test your hearing, we use three exams, designed to assess the different elements of your hearing: audiometric testing, tympanometry, and otoacoustic emission testing (OAE). Audiometric testing is designed to determine the percentage of hearing loss when it comes to speech recognition. Tympanometry assesses the health of your middle ear and eardrum (tympanic membrane), using different levels of air pressure within your ear canal. The OAE test examines the hair cells of your inner ear to determine whether or not they are successfully transmitting neural signals to your brain to be processed as sound.

Results from your hearing test are recorded in an audiogram, which your audiologist will review with you. If a hearing loss is detected, we will work with you to find the best treatment solution.

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Tinnitus

Tinnitus is commonly referred to as a “ringing of the ear,” but it also appears as different sounds. In addition to ringing, the sounds have been characterized as a whoosh, a pop, a buzz, a clanging, a rush of air, a whistle, a low roar, crickets and many other sounds.

The sounds of tinnitus may be constant or temporary, and may affect one or both ears. While there is no singular cause for tinnitus, treatment options may be available.

Dr. Nikki is one of the few Audiologists in the Southeast trained in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) and has the only clinic in Georgia currently using the Desyncra Neuromodulation Device for tinnitus which uses the same technology used for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.  To learn more about your tinnitus and treatment options, contact us at Coweta Hearing Clinic or Fayette Hearing Clinic to schedule a consultation.

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Tinnitus


Tinnitus, known as a “ringing of the ear,” is a condition that commonly appears along with hearing loss (approximately 80% of cases). With tinnitus, people experience sounds without an external stimulus. Though the “head sounds” vary from person to person, they can be an extremely frustrating experience and lead to elevated levels of stress or anxiety. While there is no singular cause for tinnitus, treatment is available in the form of sound masking or sound therapy. To learn more about tinnitus therapy options, contact us at Coweta Hearing Clinic.

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Dizzy and Balance Testing


Our vestibular system – otherwise known as our balance system – is closely related to our auditory system. Located in the “labyrinth” of your inner ear. The vestibular system relies of a network of fluids, canals, and hair cells to maintain your sense of balance. When we experience dizziness or vertigo, this might be an indicator that something is amiss with our vestibular system. Often times, conditions related to the inner ear might lead to issues with balance or dizziness, which can affect our ability to perform even the simplest daily tasks.

In addition to tests of your hearing, we provide Video Nystagmography (VNG) testing that measures eye and muscle movements to determine how your vestibular system responds to motion, movement, position changes, and external stimuli. This testing helps us at Coweta Hearing Clinic and Fayette Hearing Clinic determine the cause of your balance issues or dizziness.

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Balance Testing


Our vestibular system – otherwise known as our balance system – is closely related to our auditory system. Located in the “labyrinth” of your inner ear, the vestibular system relies of a network of fluids, canals, and hair cells to maintain your sense of balance. When we experience dizziness or vertigo, this might be an indicator that something is amiss with our vestibular system. Often times, conditions related to the inner ear might lead to issues with balance.

In addition to hearing tests, we provide an electronystagmography (ENG) test to measure eye and muscle movements and a balance test (posturography) to measure body movements to determine the cause of your balance issues. If you have been experience issues with balance, visit us at Coweta Hearing Clinic.

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Hearing Aid Repair

Though powerful and life-changing, hearing aids are also electronic devices. They will require regular maintenance and repair from time to time. No other electronic device in your life works as hard as hearing aids do: we rely on them from the moment we wake up until we go to bed and also house them in our ear which is a waxy, moist environment. Common hearing aid problems include: inconsistent volume, no sound at all, weak sound, buzzing/whistling, battery issues, poor fit, etc. It is important that you do not attempt repairs on your own. If you have experienced some of these issues with your hearing aids, contact us to schedule your appointment or walk in to see one of our many Audiology Assistants as most of these problems can be handled in our office while you wait.

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Hearing Aid Repair


Though powerful and life-changing, hearing aids are also electronic devices and as such, they will require maintenance and repair from time to time. No other electronic device in your life works as hard as hearing aids do: we rely on them from the moment we wake up until we go to bed. Common hearing aid problems include: inconsistent volume, buzzing/whistling, battery issues, poor fit, etc. It is important that you do not take apart your hearing and attempt repairs on your own; if damage ensues, it may not be covered by a warranty. If you have experienced some of these issues with your hearing aids, contact us for repairs to ensure the best results.

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Custom Hearing Protection


While age-related hearing loss is a natural process, noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable if we take the proper measures to protect our hearing. From work to leisure, we are exposed to many different sounds throughout our day. OSHA recommends that we do not listen to sounds exceeding 85 decibels for more than an hour; however, there are times when being exposed to these sounds are unavoidable.

One of the best ways to protect your hearing, whether you’re enjoying your favorite band, watching a fireworks display, or if you’re on the job, is to invest in custom hearing protection. Custom hearing protection is made from a mold of your ear, which ensures the best fit and protection from dangerous decibels. Contact us today at Coweta Hearing Clinic or Fayette Hearing Clinic to learn more about different protective options.

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Custom Hearing Protection


While age-related hearing loss is a natural process, noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable if we take the proper measures to protect our hearing. From work to leisure, we are exposed to many different sounds throughout our day. Hearing specialists recommend that we do not listen to sounds exceeding 85 decibels for more than an hour; however, we are often exposed to sounds much louder than this for much longer (rock concerts, power tools, etc.).

The best way to protect your hearing, whether you’re rocking out to your favorite band or enjoying a fireworks display or you’re on the job, is to invest in custom hearing protection. Custom hearing protection is made from a mold of your ear, which ensures the best fit and protection from dangerous decibels. Visit us at Coweta Hearing Clinic to learn more about different protective options (musicians, hunters, etc.).

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Noise Level Chart


Example

dBA

healthy hearing threshold

0 dBA

conversational speech / air conditioner

60 dBA

sporting event / table saw

105 dBA

rock band / jackhammer

110 dBA

balloon popping

125 dBA

shotgun

160 dBA


Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are used to amplify sound and increase accessibility for people with hearing loss in a range of settings.

The most common forms of ALDs are personal devices that allow users to pick up sound and transmit it wirelessly through FM, Bluetooth, or infrared waves directly to an amplification piece worn around the neck or directly to hearing aids. These are useful for people who may experience difficulty hearing in business meetings, restaurants or academic settings. Other ALDs include captioned phones (a device that transcribes and displays phone conversations in real time), alarm clocks, door bells, and smoke detectors.

To learn more about ALD options and how they can give you an extra boost, contact us at Coweta Hearing Clinic or Fayette Hearing Clinic today.

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Assistive Listening Devices


Assistive listening devices (ALDs) come in different forms and are used to amplify sound and increase accessibility for people who are hard of hearing in a range of settings.

The most common forms of ALDs are personal devices that allow users to pick up sound and transmit it wirelessly through FM, Bluetooth, or infrared waves directly to an amplification piece worn around the neck. These are useful for people who may experience difficulty hearing in business meetings or academic settings. Other ALDs include captioned phones, in which phone conversations are transcribed in real time and flash on a screen to be read.

To learn more about ALD options and how they can give you an extra boost, contact us at Coweta Hearing Clinic.

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Cerumen (Wax) Removal


In some cases, ear canals impacted with cerumen (ear wax) can cause difficulty with hearing- especially in noisy environments.

Our audiologists are trained to safely remove cerumen via medical tools (such as curettes and forceps), suction, or irrigation if necessary.

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Cerumen (Wax) Removal


Some patients produce more cerumen (ear wax) than others. In some cases, ear canals impacted with cerumen can cause more difficulty with hearing, especially in noisy environments.

Our hearing professionals are trained to safely remove cerumen via medical tools (such as curettes and forceps), suction, or irrigation if necessary.

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Custom Electronic Noise Reduction Devices

Custom electronic noise reduction devices are necessary when exposed to extremely loud sounds. People should always wear a noise reduction device if the noise or sound level at the time exceeds 85 decibels. Wearing custom electronic noise reduction devices greatly reduces the risk of hearing loss.

Hunting and recreational shooters should be always wear ear protection. The volume of gun noise has the potential to permanently damage your hearing – just after one exposure.

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Custom Noise Reduction Plugs


Custom noise reduction plugs are necessary when exposed to extremely loud sounds. People should always wear a hearing protection if the noise or sound level at the exceeds 85 decibels. Wearing hearing protection greatly reduces the risk of hearing loss.

Hunting and recreational shooters should be always wear ear protection. The volume of gun noise has the potential to permanently damage your hearing – just after one exposure.

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Swim Molds


For those who are constantly in the water, swim molds are an excellent way to protect your ears. Exposure to water on a regular basis could cause damage to your hearing.

How? Exposure to water and collected water could lead to the development of ear infections – another threat to your hearing.

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Swim Molds


For those who are constantly in the water, swim molds are an excellent way to protect your ears. Exposure to water on a regular basis could cause damage to your hearing.

How? Exposure to water and collected water could lead to the development of ear infections – another threat to your hearing.

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