Each of our senses work together to let our brain know what is going on around us. That’s why when one of them isn’t working properly it can have such a devastating impact. Hearing loss plays a large role in a person’s 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. If you’re suffering from hearing loss, you are not alone. We are here to help.
Athens Oconee Audiology proudly serves patients in the Monroe, GA region. Monroe is a small, family-oriented town about an hour east of Atlanta. Visitors and residents can enjoy plenty of shopping, dining, museums and outdoor activities in Monroe. The Ian Henderson’s Antique Mall located at the historic Walton Mill offers patrons 539 dealer booths and 100,000 square-feet of antiques and other vintage items. When you’re done shopping, The Cotton Café offers a full menu, including coffee and appetizers – all with a southern twist.
Monroe, Georgia Hearing Aids
There’s a myriad of options when it comes to hearing devices and it can be difficult to discern what will best fit your needs. 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. Hear 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?
Your audiologist at Athens Oconee Audiology is the key to a successful evaluation and remediation of hearing loss. The audiologists will work with you to select the devices to meet your clinical needs, communication needs and 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 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 Monroe, 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 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?
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 solid team of skilled audiologist have more than 65 years of combined experience treating people with hearing loss. They are passionate about helping people regain their hearing and perform diagnostic testing, fit hearing aids, and conduct cochlear implant evaluations and mapping every day. We promise to work closely with you to discover where you are having the most difficulty communicating. Then, we will collaborate with you to determine the best solution 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.