Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
- Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
- Hearing Aid Adjustments
- Auditory Brainstem Response Testing for Infants
- Battery Sales
- Cell Phone Accessories for Hearing Aids
- Cerumen Removal
- Hearing Aid Counseling
- Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
- Musicians Earplugs and Monitors
- Follow-Up Care
- Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
- Hearing Aid Repairs
- Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
- In Office Services
- Live Speech Mapping
- Otoacoustic Emissions Testing
- Bilingual Services
Comprehensive Diagnostic Audiological Evaluations
Comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluation performed through The Hearing Group of NM are medically-based and the report was developed for use by your family physician, otolaryngologist, speech language pathologist or other healthcare professional. The evaluation will be performed by our university trained, licensed and board-certified audiologists, who will work closely with the referring physician to develop the appropriate course of treatment. These services are subject to professional fees and covered by most insurances.
Selection and Fitting of Hearing Aids
When adjusting your hearing aids, we take various measurements to check how well you can hear. Once we teach you how to operate them and instruct you on the energy supply (batteries), you should wear your new hearing aids for a few days in your regular surroundings.
Based upon what you tell us about how well you can hear in your everyday surroundings, we will make any necessary final adjustments to your hearing aids.
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing for All Ages (non-sedated)
An Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) is a hearing test that measures the brain’s response to sounds and is used to determine hearing thresholds in patients where conventional behavioral testing cannot be completed. Our facility offers this type of testing using the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. The Vivosonic Integrity V500 was developed for the estimation of hearing levels in very young children or for difficult-to-test patients including those with developmental disabilities. With this technology, sedation is unnecessary and can be completed on infants, children of all ages as well as adults. This is especially valuable for medical-fragile patients where sedation is not recommended. The ABR uses small self-adhesive electrodes that are placed on the skin of the head and headphones that are placed in each ear. The can be asleep or remain awake for the duration of the test. An audiologist interprets the responses that are measured and determines the child’s level of hearing in each ear. An ABR test can last between 30 minutes and 2 hours and is not painful for the patient and can provide valuable hearing threshold information for the diagnosis of hearing loss as well as for recommending and programming hearing aids.
We keep a supply of batteries for you to purchase in our office at an affordable price. Stop in routinely for fresh batteries and watch for our battery sales, which happen periodically throughout the year. Make sure to check the batteries in your hearing devices often and make sure there is no dirt, wax or debris interfering with the batteries performance. In order to ensure that your battery is good, use a battery tester designed for hearing aid batteries. These can be purchased through The Hearing Group at a reasonable price.
- Size 10 (yellow)
- Size 312 (brown)
- Size 13 (orange)
- Size 675 (blue)
Cell Phone Accessories
Our practice offers many solutions for your ability to connect to your cell phone as well as other electronic devices. Together, we will work with you to find the right accessory for your specific needs.
Cerumen, or ear wax, can be removed from the ear canal so that it does not interfere with listening or comfort, especially for individuals who wear hearing aids.
Counseling on the use and care of your hearing aids
Professional staff is available to help you with problems you may be having with your hearing aids. They can also spend time with you and discuss ways to make listening with hearing aids easier in your day-to-day life. Family members are welcome and encouraged to come with you and learn about your hearing aids. Although a scheduled appointment is preferred, there is usually an audiology technician available on a walk-in basis to help answer your questions or to help you with cleaning and maintenance.
Hearing Screening Services
The Hearing Group of NM offers hearing screening services for schools, early childhood centers and for industry. Our hearing screening services include otoscopy, pure-tone hearing screening and tympanometry. Good hearing is essential for normal speech and language acquisition as well as facilitating academic progress. The goal of hearing screening in children is to rule out hearing loss that may potentially interfere with communication, development, health, or learning. Because hearing loss in younger children is so often associated with ear infections as well as other middle ear issues, early detection and treatment is recommended in order to prevent permanent hearing loss.
Whether you are ordering hearing aids, custom musician monitors or custom hearing protection, we guarantee a perfect ear impression for a perfect fit. Our experts have many years of experience performing safe, comfortable ear impressions for all ages.
Evaluation and Fitting for Musician's Ear Plugs
As a musician himself, our owner understands full well the affects of excessive sound levels on your hearing. Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings. They are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods, which may put them at risk for permanent hearing damage. Musician’s ear plugs are custom-made devices that help to limit the sound exposure from instruments, while still providing a rich musical experience for the performer or audience.
Once your hearing aids have been fitted to your complete satisfaction, we will provide you with detailed information on how they should be maintained. Of course, you can have your hearing aids checked by us at any time. This will ensure that the sound quality remains as good as ever, and will extend the life of your aids.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Our facility offers repair services for most makes and models of hearing aids. Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. The audiologist or audiology technician can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
Through many years of experience, our audiologist have developed our own proven method of selecting and fitting hearing aids. Using a needs-based assessment, we will provide a recommendation that is custom tailored for your specific needs and expectations. The recommendation is based on your audiometric profile (audiogram), personal goals, and cosmetic requirements.
In Office Services
We encourage ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aid(s). We encourage all our patients to come in for regular hearing aid check-ups and cleaning.
Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, and Warranties come with all brands of hearing aids. We offer in-office repairs when possible on most makes/models.
Live Speech Mapping
Employing the latest verification techniques using the AudioScan Verifit real ear system, our audiolgists use an evidence-based method of fitting hearing aids that ensures a perfect fit, every time! Live Speech Mapping is a fitting process that uses probe microphones and live real-time speech to allow the patient and their family members to immediately see and understand the benefits of hearing aids and fitting adjustments.
Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
Tympanometry is a component of the comprehensive hearing evaluation used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones, by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal. The test is quick and painless used in children and adults.
Bilingual (Spanish) Services
The Hearing Group of NM offers comprehensive pediatric services provided by qualified bilingual providers and staff.