Hearing is one of our most important senses. It helps us to recognize what’s going on around us, communicate with other people, and alerts us to potential danger. When someone is hard of hearing, it can play a large role in their social, emotional, physical, and psychological well-being. This is why Athens Oconee Audiology has made it their mission to help those with hearing loss – to regain their hearing and their confidence. If you’re suffering from hearing loss, you aren’t alone. Millions of Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss, which can make everyday life more difficult and can eventually become a roadblock in both professional and personal relationships.
Athens Oconee Audiology proudly serves patients in the Bishop, GA region. Bishop is a small town located in Oconee County, Georgia. Nearby Heritage Park offers visitors 364 acres of natural woods, creeks, and the Apalachee River. Guests can enjoy the open air arena that can be used for events such as Birthday parties or weddings. There’s also barns on the property, a small show arena, bike trails, hiking trails, and picnic areas. Also in Oconee County is the historical Elder Mill Covered Bridge. One of many covered bridges in Georgia, the Elder Mill bridge was built in 1897 and is one of few covered bridges in the state that carries traffic without additional steel beams for support.
Bishop, Georgia Hearing Aids
Deciding what type of hearing device will best fit your needs can be a difficult task. There’s so many options, most based on the type of hearing loss you have and the degree of hearing loss sustained. Our experienced audiologists will evaluate you and discuss your options. The proper hearing aid recommendation and fitting is highly dependent on the education and experience of the professional selecting the instrument. We will test your hearing, select, and dispense the hearing instrument best suited to your personal, professional, cosmetic, and financial needs.
No matter your budget, an audiologist at Athens Oconee Audiology can assist you in determining the best instruments to purchase to help you better communicate and improve your quality of life.
Hearing Instrument Options
Daily Wear Hearing Aids are inserted each morning and removed at bedtime.
Lyric Extended Wear Hearing Aids are worn 24/7. Patients sleep, shower and bathe in Lyric devices. Athens Oconee Audiology is one of few audiology practices that offer the Lyric extended wear devices.
What if Hearing Aids no longer help?
A cochlear implant evaluation is indicated when hearing aids no longer provide adequate benefit. Our audiologists at Athens Oconee Audiology will determine if you are an implant candidate and refer candidates to an implant surgeon to perform the surgery. Initial activation and follow up mapping are conducted at our offices. We work closely with the surgeon for a good outcome.
Athens Oconee Audiology works with all three cochlear implant companies. Each recommendation is carefully made based on the needs of the patient. Click on the links below to read about each cochlear company:
Hearing aids are designed to amplify certain sounds so a person with hearing loss can hear and communicate better. A hearing aid can help people hear more in either quiet or noisy situations because it’s designed to receive sounds through a microphone and then to convert those sound waves to electrical signals sent to an amplifier. The amplifier increases the power of the electrical signals and then sends them to the person’s ear through a speaker.
Hearing aids are ideal for someone who has hearing loss due to damage to the sensory cells within the inner ear, which is called sensorineural hearing loss. Damage to this part of the ear may occur as a result of injury, disease, loud noises, aging, or certain medications. The greater the damage to a person’s hair cells within their ear, the greater the hearing aid amplification needed to make up the difference. Hearing aids also help patients with conductive hearing loss and mixed hearing loss upon receipt of medical clearance. Your audiologist at Athens Oconee Audiology will fully inform you regarding the degree and type of hearing loss and proper management of your condition. Hearing aids are indicated in 95% of adult hearing loss and only 5% of adult hearing loss requires medical management. A hearing aid is ideal for someone with average hearing loss due to mild to moderate damage within their ear or ears.
What is the most important consideration when addressing hearing loss?
The key to a successful evaluation and remediation of hearing loss is a skilled audiologist. Our professional audiologists will work with you to select the devices that best meet your clinical needs, communication needs, and your budget.
Audiologists at Athens Oconee Audiology are proficient and well versed in the different brands of hearing aids and what works best for each patient based on their individual needs. Our three licensed clinical audiologists with combined experience of over 60 years will evaluate you and select appropriate devices and communication strategies to help you better communicate.
Athens Oconee Audiology has accounts with all the major manufacturers. Click on the links below to read more about them:
* A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device for people with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss.
Audiologist Servicing Residents of Bogart, Georgia
What does an audiologist do?
You may be wondering what the definition of an audiologist is. Basically, an audiologist is a healthcare professional who is trained to evaluate hearing loss and related disorders such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and balance issues (vestibular). Audiologists routinely conduct a range of hearing tests, balance tests and hearing aid tests to diagnose and evaluate patients who suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo.
When to contact an audiologist
It’s important to have an annual hearing exam for people 55-years-old or older so an audiologist can monitor your hearing and determine whether you’ve experienced any hearing loss. No matter what your age, if you experience any of the following symptoms, an audiologist can help diagnose and evaluate your condition.
- Sudden hearing loss
- Impacted wax
- Tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ear)
- Balance issues such as vertigo or dizziness
- Age-related hearing loss
Do I need an audiologist?
Visiting an audiologist for the first time may feel overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that an audiologist is specifically trained to evaluate and manage hearing issues in people of all ages. They can offer you expert advice on the best hearing instrument based on your diagnosis and can help you manage tinnitus or balance issues. Our audiologists are experts at fitting patients with hearing devices that are programmed to match their specific needs.
Our close-knit team of skilled audiologists make it their mission everyday to help people with hearing loss communicate better. They have 66 years of combined experience and are proficient in performing diagnostic testing, fitting hearing aids, and conducting cochlear implant evaluations, and mapping. We realize the importance of hearing when it comes to communication and will work one-on-one with you to determine the best solution to increase your ability to hear and communicate clearly. We always take into consideration the cost and will help you discover the best remedy that fits within your budget and lifestyle. Our office is located at 1360 Caduceus Way, Building 200, Suite 101 Watkinsville, GA 30677. If you suffer from hearing loss, contact us today at (706) 310-7115 or fill out our contact form here.