A wide range of hearing health care services is available for individuals of all ages. Our professionals are skilled in the areas of childhood hearing loss, adult diagnostic procedures, hearing aid selection and provision, assistive listening technology, listening skills related to learning disabilities, and development of effective communication skills through aural rehabilitation.
Our services include the following:
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening devices are designed to improve listening in adverse environments. ALDs can vary from person to person and include listening devices for the telephone, television or coupled with hearing aids for use in meeting or restaurants. Other available ALDs are for children who may need to improve their listening skills in the classroom due to hearing loss, Auditory Processing or Language, Learning and Attention deficits. We are authorized dealers of Phonak, Oticon, LightSpeed and other FM System manufacturers. We also carry many items that can assist you if you find yourself or a family member in one of the situations listed above. Just give us a call or send us an email, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Auditory Processing is 'what we do with what we hear'. An auditory processing disorder is the inability to attend to, recognize, discriminate, or understand auditory information you 'hear' and listen to. When there is a breakdown in any of these auditory processing functions, it will result in the reduced ability for your child to learn through hearing. Most people with auditory processing disorders have normal hearing and normal intelligence. Our goal is to develop a deficit-specific management plan that will level the playing field for struggling students and allow for the appropriate education they are entitled to. Once a referral is made for an Auditory Processing evaluation, we will request information in the form of personal, developmental and academic histories. Copies of all previous evaluations will be requested for review to determine if the referral is appropriate. If the referral is not necessary or appropriate at that time, you will receive a written report indicating why an evaluation is not recommended. There is a fee for the records review and report which ranges from $150-250 depending on the amount of records being reviewed. If an evaluation is warranted, an appointment will be set up for your child. The appointment is typically slotted for 2-hours which will include interview of parent and child, testing and discussion of preliminary results. A comprehensive report will be developed. You will receive a draft of the report via email and then will either come in for an in person consultation or phone consultation to go over results and recommendations. This consultation is included in the cost of the evaluation. You may even choose to request our attendance at a school meeting for an additional fee. For more information click here to download Auditory Processing Information sheet. If you are concerned your child may have Auditory Processing problems please call our office for a consultation.
Batteries and Hearing Aid Accessories Sales
We carry a full line of professional grade hearing aid batteries (mercury free and non-mercury free). We also carry all of your hearing aid accessories including Dry and Stores, cleaning tools, WaxTraps, earmold tubing, slim tips and domes. Call or email us for more information.
- Size 10 (or 230) YELLOW
- Size 13 ORANGE
- Size 312 BROWN
- Size 675 BLUE
Management of cerumen on premises, however patients may be referred to their medical doctor if warranted.
Counseling for Patients & Families
We know that obtaining a hearing aid is a big step for anyone, whether the hearing aid is for you or your child. You can expect to receive personal one-on-one attention for you and your family members about what to expect from your hearing aids and how to deal with any issues that may come up while you are using them. In addition to the clinical treatment and intervention, family support and case management is just as important. We welcome immediate and extended family members, care takers and teachers and therapists to join us at any time for testing and consultation.
Custom Ear Molds
We offer a full line of custom ear molds including noise protectors of varying decibel range, musician earplugs with filters, hunting plugs, sleep plugs, swim molds, in addition to the custom molds for behind-the-ear hearing aids or Assistive Listening Devices. We use the top labs in the country including Westone, Perfect Seal and Microsonic. We also offer custom products for cell phones, iPods and other audio equipment. Call or email us for more information.
Educational Audiology Consulting
As part of our Pediatric program, we offer Educational Audiology services. These services may include but are not limited to hearing screenings in schools, recommendation, fitting and maintenance of assistive technology such as personal and soundfield FM Systems, in-services, staff development, student training and advocacy, and classroom observations, acoustic assessments, and participation in IEP, 504 and team meetings and in developing appropriate accommodations and modifications as well as hearing and listening goals. We have contracts with local Westchester, Rockland and Connecticut private and public schools and districts.
During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with a licensed professional who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, technologies, and benefits to wearing hearing aids. You may be shown different styles or have the opportunity to try different hearing aids in the office. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing aid chosen.
To determine the optimum settings for your hearing aids, we use your audiogram, as well as your personal impression of how well you can hear. This adjustment process is carried out using a computer.
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.
From time to time all hearing aids need repair and service. Bring in your hearing aids even if you didn't purchase them from us. If they cannot be repaired in our office, they will be sent out to a reputable lab or manufacturer and come with a standard 6 month or one year warranty. Call or email us for more information.
Several hearing aid options are available in terms of models from behind-the-ear, in-the-ear and completely-in-the-canal styles. We work with top hearing aid manufacturers, namely Phonak, Oticon, Signia, ReSound and Widex. Our audiologists are licensed hearing aid dispensers. Call or email us for more information.
Hearing and Hearing Aid Assessment for All Ages
Behavioral Observation Audiometry is for infants younger than 6 months of age. The infant's behaviors (eye widening, eye blinking, sucking patterns and other physical behaviors) are observed by during the presentation of different levels of sounds. This type of testing is done in the sound field (with speakers) and therefore ear specific information is not available. The response generated by the infant is usually that of the composite/better ear.
Visual Reinforcement Audiometry is recommended to evaluate children 6 months of age and older. With VRA, the child is trained to respond to speech and different sounds using video screens as reinforcers. This type of testing can be performed in the sound field or using headphones/insert earphones to obtain ear specific information.
This is recommended for toddlers developmentally age-appropriate for game-like activities. Play audiometry is usually attempted beginning at age 2 and up. Like VRA, this test can be performed either in the sound field or using headphones/insert earphones.
Standard Audiometric testing
This is used for adolescents through geriatrics where speech and tones are delivered via headphones or inserts. The patient is asked to press a button, raise their hand or verbally respond to the stimuli.
This involves the assessment of the middle ear system. These tests (Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflexes) evaluate the ear canal, eardrum, middle ear cavity and the middle ear muscles. Middle ear pathology such as impacted wax, middle ear effusion (fluid), ear infections, and eardrum perforations can be easily and quickly diagnosed or ruled out.
This is performed on all ages and does not require participation. Pulse-like sounds are sent through the ear to the hearing nerve by a tiny probe placed in the ear canal. OAEs are not used as a test of hearing acuity; however they can determine whether the hearing nerve is capable of picking up high pitch (frequency) sounds. Usually, passing OAEs will rule out anything greater than a mild hearing loss.
Tinnitus is a common condition, where a person experiences a ringing, rushing, orbuzzing in the ears. Tinnitus will not cause you to go deaf, but its presence may affect your daily activities.
Our professionals can help recommend a course of action to deal with this persistent problem. Each person has an individual response to treatment. Our goal is to work with you to minimize and potentially eliminate this condition.
Tympanometry is an examination 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.