We understand how hearing loss can affect your personal and professional life. We have the expertise, technology, and comprehensive approach to test, diagnose, and treat hearing loss. Our audiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing disorders and vestibular related diagnostic testing. Our audiologists work closely with the ENT physicians to acheive the best possible outcome for each patient.
We offer a full range of services, from hearing evaluation to digital hearing aids.
If you have concerns about your hearing please call to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists today, 574.204.6184.
The Department of Audiology is located in the Department of Otolaryngology and is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.
People may believe that hearing is an all or nothing proposition; you either can hear or you cannot. Our audiologist at The South Bend Clinic will tell you it is just not that simple.
There are numerous factors, causes and treatment options for a vast variety of hearing disorders and we offer a wide assortment of services to meet each person’s individual needs. We offer digital hearing aids, cochlear implants, as well as assistive listening devices.
If you think you may have a hearing problem, schedule an appointment with our audiologist soon. She also sees patients who do not have hearing conditions, but who need a little extra help to protect their hearing, or they need a solution to reduce loud noises in specific situations.
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Hearing loss happens for different reasons. Many people lose their hearing slowly as they age. This condition is known as presbycusis. Doctors do not know why presbycusis affects some people more than others, but it seems to run in families. Another reason for hearing loss with aging may be years of exposure to loud noise. This condition is known as noise-induced hearing loss. Many construction workers, farmers, musicians, airport workers, yard and tree care workers, and people in the armed forces have hearing problems even in their younger and middle years because of too much exposure to loud noise.
Hearing loss can also be caused by viral or bacterial infections, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medicines.
Hearing aids can be of great benefit to you and those around you by helping you better hear and understand speech as well as environmental sounds. If you think you are in need of a hearing aid, contact our audiologists to discuss your options.
There are four primary styles of hearing aids:
Each style of hearing aid is specially designed for a specific type and degree of hearing loss.
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Each patient’s situation is unique. Our audiologists will help you determine whether one or two hearing aids is best for you. In general, wearing two hearing aids gives you the advantage of sending your brain sound information from both ears, which helps to increase speech understanding, localize sounds and filter out background noise.
Just like with anything new, a little patience will help you transition smoothly. Some people get used to a hearing aid in a few days, while others may need a few weeks to adjust. Gradually the sound quality of hearing aids will improve as your brain becomes accustomed to amplification. Below is a list of some things you can expect when wearing a hearing aid.
The benefits of hearing aids far outweigh the drawbacks. Over time, most of the “drawbacks” will not be noticeable.
In the beginning:
Our team of audiologists and staff offer pediatric and adult patients and their families a full range of audiologic services including diagnostic hearing and vestibular evaluations (for patients with dizziness) and treatment options. We work with the latest in hearing aid, cochlear implant and bone anchored implant technologies.
All of the audiologists at The South Bend Clinic have earned their doctorate degrees in audiology and are licensed by the state of Indiana. Further, our audiologists are certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and/or the American Academy of Audiology.
At South Bend Clinic, we make things convenient for our patients. You can schedule appointments online and have outpatient surgery right at our facility. Our doctors have long-term or lifelong relationships with their patients. Because they are familiar with a patient’s history, less time is required to gather information and prescribe care.