Hearing

Hearing Aid Evaluation

Hearing aid patients at ERGO-YA Medical Centre are first scheduled with an audiologist for a complete examination of their ears and hearing. If there is any indication for medical treatment, the patient is referred to their primary care provider or to an otolaryngologist, a physician specializing in diseases of the ear. If the results of audiology testing suggest that hearing aids are appropriate, the audiologist will discuss with the patient their specific needs. Based on the nature and severity of the hearing loss, and the individual needs and expectations of the patient, the audiologist will make a recommendation for the appropriate hearing aids to meet those needs.

Hearing Aid Fitting

All hearing aids at ERGO-YA Medical Centre are fit on a thirty-day trial basis. Patients are expected to return to their audiologist for follow-up visits during the trial period for consultation and adjustment as needed. If the patient determines after the 30-day trial that hearing aids are not beneficial, they may return the hearing aids for credit. Testing and fitting fees for the trial period are non-refundable.

The “Best” Hearing Aid

ERGO-YA Medical Centre audiologists select hearing aids from several different manufacturers. Because there is not one “best” hearing aid for all people, ERGO-YA audiologists work individually with each patient to find a hearing aid that best serves their individual needs. Research is ongoing to make sure the most recent developments in the industry are available to our patients.

Our staff has experience fitting all types of devices, from the tiny, completely-in-the-canal, to the more traditional behind-the-ear style. Basic analog hearing aids are available as well as the most sophisticated digital aids on the market with features like remote controls, multiple programs and directional microphones.

Balance problems are conditions that make you feel unsteady or dizzy. If you are standing, sitting or lying down, you might feel as if you are moving, spinning or floating. If you are walking, you might suddenly feel as if you are tipping over or generally unsteady.

Many body systems — including your muscles, bones, joints, vision, the balance organ in the inner ear, nerves, heart and blood vessels — must work normally for you to have normal balance. When these systems aren’t functioning well, you can experience balance problems.

Many medical conditions can cause balance problems. However, most balance problems result from issues in your balance end-organ in the inner ear (vestibular system).

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that partially restores hearing in people who have severe hearing loss due to damage of the inner ear and who receive limited benefit from hearing aids. The system is comprised of two central pieces: a processor that fits behind the ear and an internal piece implanted under the skin.

The processor captures and processes sound signals, which are transmitted to the receiver implanted behind the ear. The receiver sends the signals to electrodes sitting in the snail-shaped inner ear (cochlea). These signals are then received by the auditory nerve and directed to the brain.

The brain interprets those signals as sounds, though these sounds won’t be just like normal hearing. It takes time and training to learn to interpret the signals received from a cochlear implant, though after a year of use most implant patients make considerable gains in speech understanding.

Although results vary from person to person, most find that cochlear implants help them communicate better and improve their quality of life. They report improved:

•Ability to hear speech without needing visual cues

•Recognition of normal, everyday environmental sounds

•Speech reading

•Ability to hear soft sounds

•Ability to find where sounds are coming from

All styles and sizes of digital hearing aids and a variety of hearing aid circuitry are available through our Medical Centre. Our clinic offers hearing aids from four large, reputable companies (Oticon, Phonak, Siemens, and GN Resound) that have broad selections of quality, sophisticated digital hearing aids. As new products enter the market, the clinic may add other manufacturers.