Experiencing hearing loss can be scary. Our ability to hear helps us to communicate with our loved ones and understand what’s going on around us. When we can’t hear things properly, not only can it be a roadblock in our communication skills, both professionally and personally, but it can also put us at risk in emergency situations or when completing everyday tasks like driving or crossing the street. 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. We can help.
Athens Oconee Audiology proudly serves patients in the Jefferson, GA region. Jefferson is in Jackson County and has plenty of family-friendly activities. Hurricane Shoals Park offers visitors a wide range of outdoor accommodations. There are pavilion rentals, chapel rentals, picnic areas, a recreation area, renovated historic buildings, and a grist mill. The park also hold annual events such as Art in the Park. If you’re looking for a more educational outing, Crawford W. Long Museum provides various exhibitions about the life of Dr. Crawford W. Long, who discovered the first anesthetic.
Jefferson, Georgia Hearing Aids
There’s a lot of options when it comes to hearing devices and it can be difficult to discern what will best fit your needs. Our skilled audiologists will evaluate your hearing 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. One of our skilled 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?
We conduct cochlear implant evaluations. When hearing aids no longer provide an adequate solution to your hearing loss, you may be a good candidate for an 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 to ensure the best possible 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 perfect 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 due to some sort of injury, disease, loud noises, aging, or sometimes 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 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?
Having an experienced audiologist evaluate your hearing loss is a crucial part in remedying the problem. Your audiologist at Athens Oconee Audiology will work with you to select the best devices to meet your clinical needs, communication needs, and they always take into account your budget.
Professional 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 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 Jefferson, 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
It’s important to have an annual hearing exam, especially if you’re 55 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?
Audiologists are specifically trained to evaluate and manage hearing loss, so even if you’re a bit nervous about taking that first step and being evaluated, you can rest assured that our audiologists are professionally trained and equipped to help you. 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.
With 66 years of combined experience, our team of skilled audiologists are eager to help you regain your hearing and communicate more clearly. Each 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’s causing your hearing loss and what device or remedy will work best to increase your ability to hear. 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.