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Mark Montgomery

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Kathleen Rocuant, AuD, our ABA Board Certified Doctor of Audiology is here to help. Dr. Rocuant has over 25 years of experience and is dedicated to providing the best for her patients. Proper hearing aid selection, fitting and programming requires education and experience. Don’t trust something as important to your hearing to just anyone!

Why do I need an audiologist for a successful hearing aid fitting?
Hearing aids are medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and must be recommended and prescribed by licensed professionals. This standard is in place to protect the individual with hearing loss as not all individuals are candidates for amplification. Additionally, an improperly fit hearing aid or hearing aid sold online without a face-to-face evaluation with an audiologist can potentially cause various problems.

What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a professional who evaluates, diagnoses, treats, and manages hearing loss and balance disorders. The majority of hearing loss cannot be treated with medicines or surgery but can be treated by an audiologist with the use of hearing (re)habilitation (counseling, education, auditory training/exercises), hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices (products to use to enhance television viewing, phone amplifiers, etc.). Audiologists make medical referrals to a physician when appropriate (e.g., ear pain, drainage from the ear, sudden hearing loss, etc.).
Audiologists receive extensive education in hearing and balance disorders. Most audiologists have earned masters and/or doctoral degrees and you may see the initials Au.D., (Doctor of Audiology – clinical degree); Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy – research and/or clinical research degree); or Sc.D. (Doctor of science – usually a clinical degree) to designate advanced training.

Do you suspect that your hearing is not as good as it used to be? The following questions will allow you to make a quick assessment:
  1. Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to?
  2. Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation?
  3. Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence, or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves?
  4. When you are in a group, or in a crowded restaurant, is it difficult for you to follow the conversation?
  5. When you are together with other people, does background noise bother you?
  6. Do you often need to turn up the volume on your TV or radio?
  7. Do you find it difficult to hear the doorbell or the telephone ring?
  8. Is it difficult to carry on a telephone conversation?
  9. Do you find it challenging to pinpoint the location of the object (e.g. an alarm clock or a telephone) from the noise it makes?
  10. Has someone close to you mentioned that you might have a problem with your hearing?
If you have answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions you will benefit from a hearing consultation.

 

Did You Know?…

  • 1 in 10 American adults suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Many tinnitus sufferers are not offered treatment but are told to “just live with it”
  • We now offer a new sound therapy solution that may bring you relief.

 

This new treatment approach is successfully providing relief for many.  We have personally seen the success of this device on our patients. We are excited to finally have something that really works for tinnitus sufferers.

Unleash the power of small.

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Introducing the Oticon Intiga. If you want to keep your active life in spite of a change in your hearing, Intiga offers two of the most innovative solutions on the market today. Choose the invisible Intiga – it fits deep inside your ear canal, so it’s ideal for your busy life. Or for exceptionally high performance, opt for the ultra sleek Intiga that tucks right behind your ear. Both help you differentiate sounds better and hear more naturally.

So you’re free to enjoy all that life has to offer