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OAK RIDGE

800 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Suite C-101
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
865-482-1086
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00-12 Noon, 1:00-5:00

HARRIMAN

Physicians Plaza of Roane County
1855 Tanner Way
Suite 130
Harriman, TN 37748
865-882-1600
Office Hours: Fridays by appointment

LAFOLLETTE

U. T. Medical Plaza
109 Independence Lane
Suite 300
LaFollette, TN 37766
423-562-9744
Office Hours: Thursday by appointment

CORBIN

Baptist Regional Medical Center
1 Trillium Way, Entrance #5
Corbin, KY 40701
606-523-8770
Office Hours: M-W by appointment

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H.E.A.R. Services Offers:

Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation:

A battery of tests used to determine the degree and type of hearing loss. Typical evaluations include air/bone conduction pure tone testing along with word recognition testing. Interpretation of the audiological evaluation reveals the cause of the hearing loss and what type of treatment options are available to the patient which may include medical treatment and/or hearing aids.

Immittance Testing:

A battery of tests used to determine the status of the eardrum and acoustic reflexes. Tympanometry measures the response of the eardrum as a small amount of pressure is delivered through the ear canal to the eardrum. The presence of middle ear disorders such as negative pressure, fluid behind the eardrum or ear drum perforations can be revealed.

Otoacoustic Emission Testing (OAE):

Used to determine the status of the cochlea (inner ear). This test requires no behavioral response so it is especially useful for infants, young children and those with disabilities that cannot participate in typical testing such as the diagnostic audiological evaluation. A small insert earphone is placed in the ear canal whereby soft tones are presented. A response from these tones will be displayed on a computer monitor that the audiologist can use for interpretation. The OAE test is also a useful diagnostic tool for those patients with other ear disorders such as the presence of tinnitus and monitoring of ototoxic exposure.

Newborn Hearing Screenings:

Utilizing Otoacoustic Emission Testing, an infant's cochlea (inner ear) can be assessed to determine if it is able to respond to sound. A “normal” OAE suggests that the infant's hearing is within the normal range.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT):

Oftentimes the diagnosis of tinnitus can be helped with TRT which incorporates counseling about the mechanisms of tinnitus, perception, and brain function along with a second step which usually consists of wearing two inconspicuous sound generators either in the ear or behind the ear. These devices are designed to gently retrain the perception and reaction one has to the tinnitus. TRT is not designed to be a cure for tinnitus but does offer considerable relief for the vast majority.

Hearing Aid Evaluations and Fitting:

The audiologist will gather information from a complete audiological evaluation along with a history from the client regarding his/her medical, lifestyle, and listening needs to make a proper amplification recommendation. At the time of the hearing aid fitting, the patient's hearing aids are programmed on the computer which gives the audiologist the ability to “fine-tune” the hearing aids and how they react in different listening environments (e.g. noisy restaurant vs. watching TV).

Videonystagmography (VNG):

A test of the function of the vestibular (balance) system. The test usually takes about 1 hour to perform and consists of a series of eye movement test, positional testing and caloric stimulation. Video goggles are used throughout the test to record eye movement, more specifically to check for involuntary eye movements, called nystagmus. VNG contributes in diagnosing vestibular disorders such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's Disease, and a variety of central nervous system pathologies. There are various treatment options available based on the diagnosis. If you have any questions regarding VNG testing, please feel free to contact our office.

BAHA (Bone conduction hearing solution) Evaluation and Fitting:

The BAHA is a partially implanted hearing system for patients that are not helped with traditional hearing aids. The BAHA implant allows sound to be conducted via the skull directly to the cochlea (inner ear). Candidates for the BAHA include those that have chronic ear infections, draining ears, an underdeveloped or absent outer ear, a conductive hearing loss that cannot be medically treated and those with a unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss.