1 Pillsbury Street - Concord, NH 03301 & 2075 South Willow Street - Manchester, NH 03103 • 603-856-8275

Our professional hearing and hearing aid services are provided 
                 by Doctors of Audiology.             
      Patient care is our top priority.

                                    
                      
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES:

    •    comprehensive hearing tests
         (children/adults)
    •    tympanometry
    •    otoacoustic emissions
    •    hearing aid evaluations
    •    hearing aid fittings / follow up
    •    
auditory processing evaluations
         (children/adults)
                                              •    custom hearing protection

                

    
OTHER SERVICES:
   •    hearing aid cleaning
   •    battery sales
   •    hearing aid warranties
   •    hearing loss education


                                           

 Take the First Step to Maintaining Healthy Ears

• (603) 856-8275 •

It is never to early or too late to have your ears and hearing evaluated.

•     Audiologists do more than just diagnose hearing loss and fit hearing aids- they evaluate the entire health of the ear and hearing system inside and out.

•     Healthy ears are just as important as healthy eyes and teeth and should be monitored regularly!

•     Do not wait until there is a problem with your ears to have them checked.

Call today (603-856-8275) and start on the road to healthy ears.

                                WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY VISIT?
Going to any new doctor for the first time can be a bit intimidating, even frightening, especially if there is a chance that you could be told there is a medical concern- and that it could take thousands of dollars to treat. 
Going to see an Audiologist should not be scary. Here are some of the things that you should know prior to your visit and some of the things that you should expect to happen at your visit so that you can be better prepared and more comfortable.

PAPERWORK
With any new Doctor you see there is almost always paperwork. You may be asked to fill out information before your visit, or you may be asked to fill it out when you get there. This might include, but may not be limited to, your contact information, emergency contact information, medical history (including medications you are taking), release of information, and insurance information. It is important to bring with you your insurance card(s) and a sheet with the medications you take as well as your Primary Care Physician's name if you would like a copy of your report sent to him/her.

HISTORY
A thorough medical history when you are coming in to have your ears checked, especially if you are being asked about such things as your heart and vision, may seem a bit strange but knowing this information can better help your Audiologist to evaluate your ear health and make appropriate recommendations. If you work in a noisy environment, for example, your Audiologist may monitor your hearing for changes due to noise exposure and may make recommendations for proper use of hearing protection. A recent stroke can result in changes in speech understanding and certain medications can cause tinnitus (sounds in the ears and/or head that are not caused by external sources) and so the Audiologist will want to know about these aspects of your medical history.
The entire body is one unit, not individual parts and pieces. Changes in one part of the body can affect another part of the body and so it is important to get an overall picture of general health when monitoring the health of the ears.


EVALUATION
Otoscopy- The first part of the evaluation involves looking in the ears... but it is more than just a simple look! A thorough   
     examination of the ears includes looking behind them, into the folds of the ear and into the actual canal to the eardrum. 
    When looking into the ears an Audiologist is looking for many different things- growths, sores, discoloration, pits, wax, 
    discharge and the overall health of the ear. This is the most important step and should not be done quickly. You should
    make sure that your Audiologist looks behind your ear as well as in it- otherwise abnormalities could be missed! 
Audiological Evaluation- There are many different parts to the audiological evaluation depending on what is needed. A
    basic evaluation will include listening to tones and pressing a button when you hear them and then repeating several lists
    of words that are presented at different loudness levels. Further common testing may involve having a slight pressure put 
    in your ear to determine if your eardrum is moving and/or listening to tones while a machine records sounds in the ear
   canal. None of the evaluations performed by an Audiologist should hurt. Having a scope put in your ear and having to
   wear headphones for several minutes may be uncomfortable but there should be no pain. If there is pain you should let
   your Audiologist know immediately.  


                                            

DISCUSSION
Following the evaluation your Audiologist will sit down with you to discuss the results of your testing. This part of the visit is important because it is where you get to ask questions and learn about your hearing. Your audiologist will go over the results with you in as much detail as you want- if you want to know more just ask! It is important for you to know what is happening with your ear health so that you can make educated decisions about the next step to take. If you do not understand something that has been said do not hesitate to speak up- this is your appointment and your medical care.  

RECOMMENDATIONS
Your Audiologist is going to make specific recomendations based on the results of your evaluation.  It may be recommended that you be further evaluated by an Ear, Nose and Throat physician or that you follow up with your Primary Care Doctor. Hearing protection may be recommended or even hearing aids. Not everyone who comes in to have a hearing evaluation needs hearing aids, but some would greatly benefit from using them. You should not feel pressured to make any decisions regarding purchases on the day of your evaluation, even if hearing aids are recommended. If hearing aids are recommended it is important to remember that they would not have been recommended if it was not believed that they could be helpful to you. Your Audiologist will work with you to help you understand the recommendations and how to best follow through with them.

FOLLOW UP
Most Audiology clinics will provide you with a copy of your test results for your records. These results will have a list of all the recommendations that were discussed during your appointment. 
It is important to follow the recommendations, particularly if it was recommended that you follow up with your Primary Care Doctor and/or an Ear, Nose and Throat physician for further evaluation.   
Even if you do not get a hearing aid it is important to have your hearing evaluated on a regular basis in order to monitor the health of your ears.


The most important thing to remember is that by having your hearing evaluated you are taking a positive step towards the health of your ears and, no matter the outcome, the information provided by your Audiologist will help you to make better decisions for your overall health and well being.  

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