Our senses play a crucial role in the way we communicate with others. Hearing specifically helps us to not only listen to what other people are saying, but it also alerts us to potential danger and helps us to understand our surroundings. When someone suffers from hearing loss, it can impact their social, emotional, physical, and psychological well-being, which is why Athens Oconee Audiology has made it their mission to help those with hearing loss to regain their hearing and their confidence. 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 Bogart, GA region. Bogart is a small town in Oconee and Clarke counties. Most of Bogart is in Oconee with a portion extending into Clarke, near Athens, GA. Not far from Bogart, visitors can visit the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia. The preserved area offers visitors 313 acres of gardens, hiking trails, and a horticulture laboratory. For sports fans, Sanford Stadium is just a short drive as is Downtown Athens, which offers visitors a wide range of boutiques, shopping, museums, and dining options.
Bogart, Georgia Hearing Aids
If you’ve experienced hearing loss, you may be confused by all the different options when it comes to hearing devices. Depending on the type of hearing loss you have and to what degree, there’s a bunch of varying treatment options and it can be difficult to discern what will best fit your needs – and your budget. Our experienced audiologists will evaluate you and discuss all your options. The proper hearing aid recommendation and fitting is highly dependent on the education and experience of the professional selecting the instrument. Our expert audiologists 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?
When hearing aids no longer provide adequate benefit, you may be a good candidate for a cochlear implant. Our audiologists at Athens Oconee Audiology will determine if you are an implant candidate and refer you 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 the best outcome.
Athens Oconee Audiology works with all three cochlear implant companies. Each recommendation is always 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 both quiet and 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 can fully inform you of the degree and type of hearing loss you suffer from and properly manage 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?
Seeing an audiologist at Athens Oconee Audiology is the key to a successful evaluation and remediation of hearing loss. The audiologist will work with you to select the device to meet your clinical needs, communication needs, and your budget.
Professional audiologists at Athens Oconee Audiology are proficient and well versed in the different brands of hearing aids and know what works best for each patient based on their individual needs. Our three licensed clinical audiologists have a combined experience of over 60 years and 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 trained to evaluate hearing loss and related disorders such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and balance issues (vestibular). Audiologists 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
If you’re 55-years-old or older, it’s important to have an annual hearing exam so an audiologist can monitor your hearing and determine whether you’ve experienced any degree of hearing loss. No matter 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?
While it may seem overwhelming the first time you visit an audiologist, 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 experienced team of audiologists have been working in the field of audiology for more than six decades, with 66 years of combined experience. They are passionate about helping people to hear better and communicate clearly. Every day we perform diagnostic testing, fit hearing aids, and conduct cochlear implant evaluations and mapping. We promise to work closely with you to discover what degree of hearing loss you’ve sustained and what will best help you to hear better. We always work one-on-one with our clients to help them stay within their budget. 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.