Developing hearing loss – whether mild or severe – is one of the most common medical conditions in the country. Age is one of the biggest risk factors in terms of developing hearing loss. As average life expectancy rises in the United States, more elderly people experience this age-related hearing loss.
The unique structures of the middle and inner ear are damaged by exposure to noise over many years. This leads to loss of hearing at a gradual but certain rate. There are many other causes of hearing loss, including disease and injury.
Sandia Hearing Aids is dedicated to diagnosing and treating hearing loss as effectively as possible. We offer a complete range of services, from evaluation to live speech mapping to hearing aid repair. Here are some of the services we provide:
Evaluation for Hearing Aids
Depending on the type and severity of your hearing loss, we may recommend a hearing aid as the best possible treatment. These devices are tiny, powerful computers that far exceed the abilities of instruments from decades ago. Teaching their use and care is a vital part of the way we help people hear comfortably again.
The hearing test is the first step in hearing aid evaluation, but other factors such as your ability to understand speech are vital in determining if hearing devices are right for you. Because hearing loss rarely impacts only one ear, you will likely be fit for two devices.Learn More
Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
If you are a candidate for hearing aids, our staff is ready to discuss the best kinds of devices and features for your needs. There are many types and sizes of hearing aids available from many manufacturers, more than ever before, so we take the time you need to decide about the best one for you.
Sandia Hearing Aids will always fit the best product for your personal needs. Fitting also includes testing devices and adjusting them over time. As you become adjusted to your new devices, you may require some fine-tuning of the programs to ensure you are getting the best sound experience possible.Learn More
Hearing Aid Repair and Maintenance
Hearing aids come in many shapes and sizes, but they are all delicate electronic instruments that contain small parts and thin wires. Like any item handled daily, they can break. Wires can come loose. An important service for anyone using a hearing aid is repair and maintenance.
When you buy a hearing aid, we will show you how to care for it. Should something go wrong, we can quickly diagnose the problem and fix it or send your device to an authorized repair center.
When you purchase a hearing aid, be sure that a complete service plan like this is included.Learn More
Whether you have been gradually noticing an inability to hear voices clearly or have experienced a sudden loss of hearing, you should have your hearing checked as soon as possible. In almost all cases, we recommend a hearing test at our office. Hearing tests are easy and brief. This test is the surest way to get a comprehensive overview of your hearing situation.
This test will show the extent of your hearing loss in each ear on a chartLearn More
Live Speech Mapping
One of the goals at Sandia Hearing Aids is to help all our customers understand speech at normal volume. Constantly asking people to repeat themselves or speak louder is one of the biggest complaints we hear. Everyone wants to converse normally again.
Speech mapping is a process that finds the deficiencies in your ability to understand speech and specifically addresses them in this diagnosis. This method uses microphones placed in the ears to register the response to sound from the middle and inner ear. These responses are measured graphically on a computer and form a pattern.
At a live speech session, a relative or friend you invited along will speak words and phrases that you recognize. Using a familiar speaker in this way has proven valuable to the overall success of speech mapping. Your hearing aids will be programmed to these specific results.Learn More
Remote Hearing Care
Whether you are unable to leave your home or simply cannot reach our physical office, our practice is now offering telehealth services for hearing loss and hearing aids. You may already be familiar with telehealth as primary care physicians have been utilizing this form of medicine for more than a decade, but hearing health professionals […]Learn More
Tinnitus Treatment & Management
Another common hearing health issue experienced by people as they age is tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. The perceived sound is caused by the inner ear sending a false signal to the brain that sound has been heard, when there is no actual sound. This whooshing, ringing or buzzing sensation can be mild, moderate or acute.
There is no cure for tinnitus, but there are treatments. One of the most effective is sound masking. Noise machines, fans and music can be used to mask the frustrating noise of tinnitus.
This condition is often accompanied by hearing loss. When a diagnosis suggests the use of hearing aids, tinnitus masking can be included in the programming when the devices are fitted and tested.Learn More