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Audiology

Audiology and Hearing Loss Services

This is a list of the hearing health care services that we provide at Bozeman Health

Available Services

Event-Related Community Hearing Screenings

Diagnostic Behavioral Hearing Evaluations

The purpose of a comprehensive hearing evaluation is to determine the type, degree, and configuration of hearing loss present. It also serves as a tool to evaluate overall aural health. Our audiologists complete baseline, annual, and medical hearing evaluations depending on the individual need of the patient.

At your comprehensive hearing evaluation, you can expect the audiologist to ask a detailed case history about your overall health, hearing health history, noise exposure, and more. They will complete a comprehensive visual exam of your ears and complete behavioral testing. Behavioral testing includes pure tone air/bone conduction testing and comprehensive speech testing. If needed, further diagnostic evaluations will be included to further evaluate the status of other ear structures (i.e.: middle and inner ear).

Auditory Brainstem Response Evalutations

The purpose of an auditory brainstem response evaluation is to objectively estimate hearing thresholds in children or individuals unable to reliably respond to behavioral testing. It is also used in cases of suspected retrocochlear pathologies such as acoustic neuromas.

At your or your child’s ABR appointment, you can expect the audiologist to use several electrodes attached to different places on the head to measure the brain’s response to different sound stimuli. As the patient, you get to relax and take a nap while the audiologist does all the hard work! We do not do sedated ABRs in our office. We rely on a sleep-deprived patient in order to obtain clear results. This evaluation can take anywhere from one to three hours, so plan accordingly.

Diagnostic Central Auditory Processing Evaluations

The purpose of a central auditory processing evaluation is to determine the brain’s ability to process auditory information beyond what we typically see during a comprehensive behavioral hearing evaluation of the peripheral auditory system.

At your or your child’s CAPD appointment, an in-depth case history and a combination of at least six different listening exercises will be completed. Based upon the pattern of findings, the audiologist will review results with you regarding your central auditory processing strengths and weaknesses and give recommendations accordingly. Children must be at least 8 to be tested for CAPD. This evaluation takes about two to three hours, so plan accordingly.

Fitting & Dispensing of Hearing Aids

Once a comprehensive hearing evaluation and hearing needs assessment are completed with your audiologist, a hearing aid demo may be recommended. We strongly believe in trying appropriate amplification in the real world before making such a big purchase. Our audiologists are here to help walk you through that process.

At your hearing aid demo, you will get the opportunity to ask questions and learn about different hearing aid companies, technologies, styles, and prices to see what fits best with your particular needs. If you choose to purchase hearing aids, the audiologist will complete the dispensation of hearing aids including counseling regarding care and maintenance as well as real-ear verification.

Hearing Aid Cleaning, Checks, & Repairs

Our audiologists are happy to help you when your hearing aids are in need of any help. Our hearing aid checks are by appointment only but we will fit you in as soon as possible.

Please see our hearing aids page for serviceable hearing aids in our clinic.

Fitting & Dispensing of Assistive Listening Devices

Sometimes we need a little extra help to hear in different listening environments. Assistive listening devices can often help speech understanding in difficult listening situations. Our audiologists are able to discuss with you and/or fit you with appropriate accessories to meet your individual needs.

Custom Hearing Protection

Noise induced hearing loss is 100% preventable! Ultimately, the best hearing protection is the one you will wear correctly every time. Options are extensive, ranging from foam ear-plugs to custom electronic hearing protection devices. Our audiologists are happy to answer any questions about non-custom hearing protection options as well as fit custom options for you.