Accurate Testing and Treatment for Your Hearing
At Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC), our state-licensed and certified audiologist provides a wide range of services to diagnose and treat children and adults with hearing problems.
An audiologist is a medical professional with expertise in your hearing system. An audiology evaluation involves a variety of tests to determine the exact nature of your hearing problem and your best options for treatment.
Some people assume that if they have a hearing problem, they need hearing aids and go to a hearing aid company for assistance. However, if you or a family member suspect that you have a hearing problem, it is important to first talk with your healthcare provider about your problem. If necessary, your provider will refer you to a licensed audiologist for testing and treatment.
Most hearing aid companies do not offer audiology services. Rather, they perform hearing screenings for fitting and dispensing hearing aids. These screenings evaluate your level of hearing loss, but not the underlying cause.
An audiologist can identify the cause of your hearing problem and explore various options for correcting it—not always is a hearing aid the best corrective action. Only a licensed audiologist can refer you to a medical doctor if there are underlying issues.
Our Hearing Services Include:
- Diagnostic hearing evaluations for babies, children, and adults
- Balance testing
- Hearing rehabilitation
- Tinnitus management
- Hearing aid dispensing and servicing
- Custom hearing protection and swim plugs
Providing Advanced Testing for Hearing Problems
At KRMC, our certified audiologist is skilled in a number of advanced tests for diagnosing hearing, balance, and other ear-related neurological problems. Comprehensive diagnostic testing at our facility may include any of the following tests:
- Pure tone audiometry – Hearing test used to identify the type, configuration, and degree of hearing loss.
- Tympanometry – Measure of how well the eardrum is vibrating when sound strikes and how well the tiny bones of the ear are functioning to transmit those vibrations to the organ of hearing.
- Acoustic reflex testing – Measurement used to examine the integrity of the middle ear system.
- Speech discrimination – Measurement of speech clarity.
- Otoacoustic emission testing – Measurement of the sounds given off by the inner ear when stimulated by a sound.
- Visual reinforcement & conditioned-play audiometry – Specialized testing for evaluating hearing in infants and young children.
- Vestibular function testing – Testing used to determine if there is something wrong with the vestibular (balance) portion of the inner ear.
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing – Used to assess the auditory nerve pathway, this testing rules out hearing loss in babies who fail their newborn hearing screenings.
Hearing Aid Services
If you are concerned about your hearing, it is best to first undergo evaluation by a licensed audiologist to identify the cause of the problem and to explore various options for correcting it.
After a thorough examination, our licensed audiologist will discuss with you rehabilitation options, including recommendations for medical follow-up, strategies for effective communication, and/or amplification options.
If a hearing aid is appropriate for you, we can recommend an appropriate hearing device to meet your individualized needs and lifestyle. Our hearing aid services include:
- Selection and fitting of a hearing device
- Instruction on hearing device use and care
- Follow-up consultations
- Hearing device maintenance and in-office repairs