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Answers to Your Audiology Questions

Here 4 You Hearing Center joined the Advanced Care Provider Network in April of 2018. We are focused on you and improving your quality of life through better hearing. To ensure that you are as successful with your hearing aids as possible, we focus on accurate programming of your aids and extensive counseling.

Audiology Services

We offer a wide range of hearing services to meet your specific needs. If you have a special need or request, please contact Here 4 You Hearing Center and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We offer the following services:

  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations
  • Tympanometry
  • Hearing aid evaluations
  • Hearing aid fitting and orientation
  • Real ear speech mapping
  • Re-programming of current aids
  • Hearing aid repairs
  • Earmolds and ear impressions
  • Hearing protection
  • Swim plugs
  • Sleep plugs
  • Musician’s earplugs

Do I Have Hearing Loss?

You should schedule a hearing evaluation if you answer “yes” to two are more of the questions below:

  • Do you have to strain to understand what people say?
  • Do you have trouble understanding women and children?
  • Do people complain that TV and radio are too loud when the volume is comfortable for you?
  • Do you have trouble hearing on the phone?
  • Do you have trouble understanding when multiple people are talking?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy place like a restaurant?
  • Do you regularly ask people to repeat what they said?
  • Do you have ringing in your ears or dizziness?
  • Do family members, coworkers, or friends tell you that you are not hearing very well?
  • Do many people you talk to seem to mumble or not speak clearly?

Communication Tips to help you and your loved ones better communicate.

Impacts of Hearing Loss

Research indicates that untreated hearing loss can impact many aspects of your life such as:

  • Lower quality of life
  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Unemployment and lower earnings at work
  • Higher medical bills for other health issues
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Higher risk for trips and falls
  • Higher risk of cognitive decline such as memory issues and dementia

What is Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head when there is no external source for the sound. It is generally described as ringing, buzzing, crickets, or hissing. It is estimated that nearly 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus. Tinnitus can occur for many reasons, including:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Obstructions in the Middle Ear
  • Head and Neck Trauma
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
  • Sinus Pressure and Barometric Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Ototoxic Drugs
  • Other Diseases and Medical Conditions such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, anemia, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, depression, anxiety, stress, Meniere’s disease, thoracic outlet syndrome, otosclerosis, acoustic neuroma, vestibular schwannoma, etc.

While nothing will "cure" tinnitus, there are some treatment options that may reduce the loudness and annoyance of tinnitus. Some common treatment options include:

  • Hearing Aids
  • Improving overall health through diet, exercise, and stress reduction
  • Tinnitus maskers and sound therapy
  • Sound machines for sleep
  • Therapy to help with the negative feelings which may be associated with tinnitus

Please visit the American Tinnitus Association for more information.

 

What is An Audiologist?

Audiologists are the primary health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. Most audiologists have earned a doctor of audiology (Au.D.) degree and all audiologists must be licensed to practice in the state of Michigan. For patients experiencing hearing loss, an audiologist is the most qualified professional to treat their condition. No other professional has the education, skills, and training of an audiologist, and few are able to provide the level of follow-up care necessary to ensure the ongoing success of patients with hearing loss.

About Our Audiology Staff

Kristin Regan, Au.D., CCC-A
Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Regan has been an audiologist since 2000. She thoroughly enjoys helping her patients lead better quality lives through better hearing. Dr. Regan has practiced in many settings from a large hospital to a residential facility for individuals with mental impairment. She joined Here 4 You Hearing Center in April 2018.

Lisa McCully, B.A., CAOHC
Audiology Assistant

Lisa has been an audiology assistant since 1999. You will see Lisa at the front desk scheduling patients, checking on insurance coverage, and helping patients with hearing aid problems. She joined Here 4 You Hearing Center in May 2018.

Insurance Billing Assistance

Here 4 You Hearing Center is in-network with several insurance plans and we offer payment options. Traditional Medicare currently does not cover the cost of hearing aids.  Some insurance plans do cover hearing services including hearing aids. Please contact us and we will help you get information on your particular plan.

We offer interest-free financing for qualified applicants through Advance Care. Please note: Advance Care financing is not affiliated with Brown’s Advanced Care or Here 4 You Hearing Center.

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