Your first visit with our audiologist, Dr. Rudden, will start with answering questions about your medical and hearing history. Next, she will look into your ears using a light, called an otoscope, to check for anything in the ear canal that might affect your hearing. Then, you will be set up in our Sound Booth where several types of tests will be conducted to map your hearing test results. These tests will assess:
While this traditional hearing test evaluates how well your ears are doing their job—collecting, amplifying, organizing, and transmitting the amplified and organized signal to the auditory nerve—there is SO much more to hearing than what happens in the ears! Once that signal hits the nerve, that is when the magic happens. The signal travels from the ear to the brainstem, on to the midbrain, and then the auditory cortices, criss-cross your brain multiple times while sending information up and down that chain.
What if all of the criss-crossing isn’t working as it should? Perhaps there is an unexpected pause, or a part of the brain is somehow damaged? What if processing speed is slower and we can’t keep up with what we’re hearing—rapid conversation, lots of background noise? Or maybe our memory is impacted and we can’t associate a sound with anything we have heard before. Because of all these variables, we recently added an additional test to better analyze and understand test results.
Thrive is a quick 6-minute computer-based screening, that involves watching a screen and moving a joystick. It’s a simple test to take that doesn’t depend on hearing. Test results provide insight into what happens beyond the ear AND beyond the auditory system, providing you and Dr. Rudden with very meaningful information about your hearing.
Take charge of your hearing. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Rudden today by calling 303-651-1178.
Tinnitus doesn’t just impact hearing; it can cause a cascade of negative mental, cognitive, and physical consequences. The difference between tinnitus being a minor or major issue is less often related to how loud tinnitus is, but rather how the tinnitus impacts other facets of patients’ lives. We offer tinnitus screenings and treatment. And as always, we are here to help. Simply give us a call to set up an appointment for all your tinnitus needs: 303-651-1178.
Earwax is a self-cleaning agent that your body naturally produces. It collects dirt, bacteria, and other debris, and for the most part, that earwax works its way out of your body naturally, through chewing or other jaw motions. Most people don’t ever need to clean their ears, but sometimes wax can build up and affect your hearing—and that’s called impaction. The most important thing to note here is that cleaning with a cotton swab is not recommended, as that can push the wax further into the ear canal.
Ear candling is definitely to be avoided. Why? Simply put, there is no evidence that suggests ear candling is effective. The idea behind ear candling is that it creates a negative pressure vacuum that forces wax out of the ear canal. However, researchers who measured ear pressure during an ear candling session found that no negative air pressure is created. In fact, the negative pressure needed to pull wax from the canal would have to be so powerful that it would rupture the eardrum in the process. Learn more about ear candling and why it should be avoided by visiting this website.
Take care of yourself, and be gentle with your ears. Longmont Hearing offers several options for ear wax removal treatments, so we can help. If you are experiencing difficulty hearing, or your hearing aid performance is muffled, there’s a good chance that excess ear wax is at fault.
To book your ear wax removal, please call us at 303-651-1178.
It’s nice to know that if you have a problem with your hearing aids, you can depend on our professionals for expert cleaning and repair. Most repairs can be performed in-house while you wait. If for any reason your hearing aids must be returned to the manufacturer for warranty repair, we will take care of that for you. If your hearing aids are not under warranty, we will give you an estimate of the repair cost before any work is done.
To schedule your hearing aid repair, please call us at 303-651-1178.
Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center is proud to be a part of the Cochlear Provider Network. We are skilled at the assessment, fitting, and adjustment of cochlear implants, hybrid hearing, and bone-anchored hearing aids.
Learning to communicate effectively takes new skills. Longmont Hearing can assist you with how best to connect with those around you. Gain insight into these top areas of communication:
For those who may be speaking to you or another with hearing loss, we also recommend the following tips: