When we can’t hear things clearly, it’s difficult to know what’s going on around us. This can be frightening and make communicating properly difficult. 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. If you suffer from hearing loss, you aren’t alone. Millions of Americans have some degree of hearing loss, which makes their everyday life more difficult and can eventually become a roadblock in both their professional and personal relationships.
Athens Oconee Audiology proudly serves patients in the Winder, GA region. Winder is east of Atlanta and located in Barrow County. The family-friendly town is home to Fort Yargo State Park, which offers visitors a wide variety of outdoor recreation such as camping, fishing, hiking, glamping, grilling, swimming, and boating. Not far from Winder is Chateau Elan Resort, which is an award-winning 3,500 acre luxury destination resort that offers guests a luxury hotel/Inn, 45 holes of championship golf, an in-house spa, dining, wine tasting and a tour of the winery, tennis, a wedding venue and more.
Winder, Georgia Hearing Aids
Shopping for the correct hearing aid or device can be overwhelming. There are so many varying options to choose from and different devices work better for different issues or degrees of hearing loss. We can help. Our experienced audiologists will evaluate your hearing 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 receive sounds through a microphone and then convert those soundwaves to electrical signals sent to an amplifier. This means that hearing aids 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. 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 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 an expert audiologist. The audiologists at Athens Oconee Audiology will work with you to select the devices 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 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:
* A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device for people with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss.
Audiologist Servicing Residents of Winder, 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 treat 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 treat 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?
If you’re experiencing hearing loss or think you may be, it may seem a bit overwhelming or unnecessary to visit an audiologist. It’s important to remember that an audiologist is specifically trained to evaluate, treat, 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 team of experienced audiologists are passionate about helping people regain their hearing and have 66 years of combined experience treating people with hearing loss. 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 where you are having the most difficulty communicating. Then, we will work 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.