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Audiology Overview

Changing the game for people with hearing loss

Hearing aids and assistive listening devices aren’t luxury items—they’re necessities for those who use them. This is especially true for people with combined hearing and vision loss who may rely on their residual hearing for safety cues, travel and communication.

Individualized Approach

Working closely with the audiologist, you’ll gain a better understanding of your particular situation. The more you understand how and why your hearing is changing, the better prepared you will be to use your residual hearing to your best advantage.

With guidance from the audiologist, you’ll have the chance to try out new devices and explore how they can be paired with other assistive equipment to maximize your hearing. The choice of instrument can be the difference between success and failure. Battery size, battery usage, tubing and earmold options, and size of the hearing aid are just a few of the things that the audiologist will take into consideration when making recommendations for you.

And when technology isn’t the answer, the audiologist will help you to develop strategies to handle difficult listening situations.

You’ll learn about:
  • How an assistive listening system might work in conjunction with your current hearing aid or cochlear implant
  • Ways to use hearing aids with phones, radios and televisions
  • Strategies to improve your access to aural information in a variety of environments
  • Hearing aid, earmold and assistive device maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Self-advocacy techniques

How It Works

Find the right solutions to maximize your residual hearing

At HKNC, you’ll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a New York State licensed audiologist who has a unique understanding of the needs of people with combined hearing and vision loss. You’ll receive an individual hearing evaluation, and the audiologist will help you to select the devices that will best meet your needs.

Complete Audiologic Evaluations

  • Pure tone testing
  • Speech discrimination
  • Impedance measurements
  • In-depth discussion of your hearing loss and how it will affect you

Additional Services

  • Tactual audiograms
  • Assessments to identify the most functionally appropriate hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices for you
  • Earmold impressions for custom earmolds and in-the-ear-style hearing aids

Contact your regional representative to learn more about HKNC assistance.

Helpful Resource

Article: “Hearing Loss: Tips to Improve Communication With People with Hearing Loss”

Discover strategies and best practices for communicating with people who experience hearing loss.

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