The UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic offers comprehensive audiology services for all ages, including:
- Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations
An in-depth assessment of an individual's hearing by a licensed, certified audiologist. Testing consists of pure tone air and bone conduction thresholds, speech reception thresholds, and word recognition ability.
- Tympanometry / Acoustic Reflex Testing
This testing is used to evaluate the mechanical function of the middle ear.
- Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR)
ABR testing evaluates the brain pathways for hearing. This objective test can be used with infants, children, or others who have a difficult time with conventional behavioral methods of hearing evaluation.
- Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) Testing
OAE testing measures a response produced by the inner ear (cochlea) to an auditory stimulus. This objective test can be used for infants, children, or others who have a difficult time with conventional behavioral methods of hearing evaluation.
- Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Evaluations
APD evaluations include a battery of tests used to evaluate deficits in the processing of auditory information in the central nervous central. Poor performance with degraded acoustic signals, dichotic listening, auditory discrimination, temporal patterning, and localization/lateralization of auditory information are indicators of an APD.
- Infant Hearing Testing
Testing includes ABR/OAE follow-up screening on any infant who does not pass the newborn hearing screening at birth.
- Hearing Screenings
A preliminary step in which an individual's hearing is checked using pure tone air conduction to determine if further evaluation is required. Results are either pass (no hearing loss present) or refer (more testing required).
- Aural Rehabilitation for Hearing Aid Users and Caregivers
These sessions focus on adjusting to hearing loss, making the best use of hearing aids, exploring assistive devices, and taking charge of communication.
- Hearing Aid Selection and fitting
With so many sizes, styles and features available, selecting the right device for your needs and lifestyle is an important and complex task. Whether you are thinking about buying your first pair of hearing aids or have been wearing hearing devices for years, working with a professional audiologist to develop a personalized treatment plan is the only way to ensure you get the best hearing aids, accessories, and support now and for years to come. Our audiologists will provide counseling, guidance, programming, fitting, and maintenance before, during and after the hearing aid selection process, as well as during the warranty period.
- Hearing Evaluations
A complete hearing evaluation typically comprises several different hearing tests. These tests determine not only that a hearing loss is present but also what type it is, whether it affects one or both ears, and its severity. Hearing tests are quick, simple, noninvasive, and painless. They typically take about an hour to complete. Different hearing tests can reveal different things about your hearing. Our audiologists will determine which test to perform based on your medical history as well as personal statements about your hearing capabilities. This information will help determine which hearing aid is appropriate for you
- Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive technology devices can help an individual to function better in day-to-day communication situations in order to reduce stress and fatigue. Devices can be used with or without hearing aids or cochlear implants.
- Custom Swim Molds
Individual ear impressions are taken to ensure custom fit for swim molds, which prevent water from entering the ear canal.
- Custom Hearing Protection/Musician's and Hunter's Ear Plugs
Musician's ear plugs reduce sound by a given amount of decibels (dB) while not distorting auditory spectrum. Hunter's ear plugs protect ears from shooting noise while allowing the individual to hear surrounding area sounds. Individual ear impressions are taken to ensure custom fit.