Audiology and Hearing Aids

Find out more about Audiology and Hearing Aids

The hearing staff of the Oregon Ear, Nose and Throat Center (OENT) provides comprehensive ear care for the Rogue Valley. Our audiology staff consists of an audiologist with a doctorate in audiology (AuD), a hearing instrument specialist and an audiology assistant. A unique benefit that we provide is direct access to the on-site OENT physicians for additional medical services if needed.

OENT offers advanced testing and services for all ages from newborns, infants and toddlers, children, adults and senior adults. If it is determined that amplification is needed, our hearing instruments staff can recommend the correct device specific to your individual needs. This assures the correct fit and the correct instrument to maximize your hearing potential in the widest variety of listening situations. Hearing loss affects 1 in 10 Americans. That equates to approximately 31 million people with some level of hearing loss. The ratio increases to 1 in 3 over the age of 65. Many times hearing loss can give the feeling of being isolated from important events and just everyday communication with family and friends. Don’t let this happen to you…let us help you get “tuned-in” again.

Our audiology department provides diagnostic hearing evaluations, comprehensive hearing aid services and custom earmolds. Whether you are interested in a routine hearing exam, hearing aid services or custom hearing protection, our audiology staff can answer all of your hearing related needs/questions.

Services We Offer:

Diagnostic audiometric testing: We provide diagnostic hearing testing to determine the degree of hearing loss, which ear is involved and what type of hearing loss is present. There are two possible hearing loss types: conductive or sensorineural. Conductive hearing losses represent a problem with the conduction of sound through the different structures of the ear and are often times medically correctable. Sensorineural hearing loss,also called “nerve loss”, is usually permanent and treated by amplification.

Balance testing: We provide testing of the balance system for patients that experience symptoms of vertigo, imbalance, lightheadedness or disequilibrium. We also provide treatment options when appropriate.

Hearing aid dispensing and fitting: Our philosophy is to provide our patients with the best hearing instruments available based on several factors including lifestyle, the severity of the hearing loss, the impact of the hearing loss on communication, as well as monetary considerations. We strive to find the perfect match to help you hear well again.

Custom earmolds: Earmolds are used in conjunction with behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids. They are also used as a barrier when swimming or any time the ear canal needs to stay dry. A third application is to prevent exposure to loud noise. Lastly, earmolds can be constructed for musicians and to be used with media devices such as MP3 players.

Assistive listening devices (ALD): Sometimes hearing aids are not enough. ALDs can be used to provide enhanced listening in classroom settings, with the TV and on the telephone. We not only provide these devices but we provide extensive counseling on the application and use.

Please visit our website for in-depth information on our hearing and audiology services.

Click on the following link to take a free test to evaluate your hearing: Hearing Test.