When considering a hearing aid, being able to hear conversational speech more clearly is often a priority, but better hearing when listening to music, watching television, at the theater, in school or church may also be important to you.
At Audiology and Speech Solutions our focus is on helping you to achieve your communication goals, whatever your lifestyle. Our principle audiologist Dr. Nancy Datino brings over 30 years of experience, blending detailed knowledge of hearing aid technology and assisted listening equipment with expertise in speech therapy and aural rehabilitation to provide you with highly personalized integrated care.
A Comprehensive Service for Peace of Mind
Modern digital hearing aids are discrete, lightweight and simple to operate. However, the powerful signal processing electronics they contain must be carefully programmed to suit each user’s unique hearing profile in order to provide optimal benefit.
Typically, a hearing aid dispenser will perform a basic pure tone hearing test, and will use the results to set the sound level of the hearing aid. They may then perform an automated test called a real ear measurement or REM that uses noise signals to check the performance of the hearing aid within the user’s ear.
While these types of test are important, their results do not always correspond well to a person’s ability to hear real-world sounds such as speech, and they lack the sensitivity to rule out several potentially serious health conditions as an underlying cause of hearing loss.
The Audiology and Speech Solutions protocol includes tests that use speech and speech-in-noise signals to build a more complete picture of your hearing with and without hearing aids. As a licensed audiologist rather than a hearing aid dispenser, Dr. Datino is also qualified to offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic tests at our offices in Lower Westchester County, so you can rest assured that your hearing health is in safe hands.
Your Partner in Communication Success
A common misconception about hearing aids is that they will instantly restore hearing in the same way that putting on a pair of glasses can restore vision. Unlike corrective eyewear, it can take time and practice to get the most out of a new hearing aid. Unfortunately, many people do not realize this, and give up on their hearing aids before they have had time to adjust, thus missing out on the benefits they can offer.
At Audiology and Speech Solutions, we understand that fitting a hearing aid may be just a first step towards meeting your communication needs. Many people are aware of the benefits of physical therapy after an injury; Research has shown that taking part in aural rehabilitation can significantly improve hearing aid outcomes in the same way. With extensive experience in hearing therapy, Dr. Datino is ideally placed to deliver your carefully tailored program of auditory rehab, taking your unique circumstances into account and giving focus to the listening situations you find most challenging.
Whatever your individual needs and goals, Audiology and Speech Solutions provides the knowledge and experience to support you throughout your journey to better hearing.
To learn more about our comprehensive diagnostic, hearing aid fitting and aural rehab services, please get in touch.
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MeSH Headings: Correction of Hearing Impairment; Hearing Aids.
MeSH Identifiers: E02.831.671, H02.403.680.600.500, N02.421.784.377; E07.814.458.