Audiology and Hearing Loss Services
This is a list of the hearing health care services that we provide at Bozeman Health
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
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.