Dr. Meg has the expertise and experience to address more complicated hearing loss and walk you through the process of adapting to your hearing aids. Proper treatment involves much more than simply prescribing a device!
Hearing loss can be tested and measured, and many forms of hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids. But sometimes hearing rehabilitation is also a necessary part of the process. Hearing losses can be layered. There can be a combination of hearing loss and trouble making sense of what you do hear. In these cases, your brain is no longer in the habit of interpreting sound. Since brains are efficient and stop devoting energy when something is not in use, if you aren't hearing a full range of sound, your brain diverts its attention away from sound and into something else.
When this happens, hearing aids can be very helpful, but they're not the whole puzzle, just one piece of it. In this case, you'll also have to retrain your brain to get used to understanding what your hearing aids let you hear again. We can give you hearing rehabilitation treatment in the form of listening exercises and additional counseling, and we may consider using assisted listening devices to give you direct access to the sounds you need to focus on.
Tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears, can occur with hearing loss or on its own. It ranges from mild (barely noticeable) to severe (detrimental to your quality of life). If you've got tinnitus severe enough that it interrupts your day, you may have a hard time focusing because it's that prevalent and that loud. It's like a dark room with a candle lit in the middle of the room. You can't really focus on anything but that light. Tinnitus therapy, which we also call sound therapy, is like turning on a lamp in the corner of that room.
It helps you focus less on the tinnitus sound, training your brain to ignore the tinnitus so that it's not interrupting your life. Hearing aids are often part of that conversation, but so are behavioral modification and breathing exercises. On a surface level, hearing aids either work for tinnitus or they don't. But tinnitus training therapy is a full treatment program that can help you regardless of whether hearing aids address your tinnitus or not.
When you arrive for your appointment, you'll meet with our audiologist, Dr. Meg, who will start with a detailed interview about your health history. She'll ask you what you've noticed about your own hearing (this is one way area where it can be helpful to have someone else share what they've noticed too). If you aren't sure where to begin, we have several questionnaires to walk you through it.
She'll also give you a detailed explanation of any testing we plan to do. Patient education is a strength of Dr. Meg; she believes patients should be fully informed before making any decisions about their healthcare. When you visit her office, she will explain your testing and results in terms anyone can clearly understand. After you've gone through your hearing tests and Dr. Meg has assessed your results, she'll talk you through your options, whether hearing aids are the right choice or she recommends something else. Every patient leaves with a full hearing health report written in clear, layperson language.