Approximately 28 million Americans have hearing loss that can significantly interfere with communication. Additionally, millions of Americans have tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears), auditory processing problems (trouble focusing on and/or misunderstanding what is heard), frequent ear infections, and balance problems (dizziness or unsteadiness) that can occur with or without hearing loss and at any age.

Why Choose an Audiologist?

Audiologists are professionals who are uniquely qualified to:

  • Diagnose and treat hearing loss, balance, and other related disorders
  • Recommend and provide audiological rehabilitation services, such as: (1) evaluating, fitting and monitoring hearing aids and other hearing assistive technology (e.g., cochlear implants and FM systems); and (2) counseling clients and their families and/or caregivers

Audiology Information

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Audiology Services

Emory Audiology provides on-site audiology services and a staff trained to assess hearing disorders and determine appropriate treatment options for hearing loss. Ear, nose and throat physicians at The Emory Clinic are available to provide care for patients with hearing loss that can be corrected through medical intervention. When amplification is the appropriate treatment, we provide state-of-the-art hearing aids.

All audiological services at Emory Audiology are provided by a certified, licensed audiologist and include:

  • Hearing evaluations for both adults and children
  • Impedance testing (tympanometry)
  • Hearing aid evaluation and fitting, including computer-programmable hearing aids with digital technology
  • A 30-day trial period for all hearing aids
  • Hearing aid repairs, service, batteries and accessories
  • Custom ear molds for swimming and noise protection and musicians' earplugs
  • Cochlear implants and Bone-Anchored Hearing prosthetics (BAHA)

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How We Hear

The ear is made up of three main parts: the outer, middle, and inner ear.

The visible part of the outer ear is called the auricle or pinna (1). It collects sound waves and channels them into the ear canal (2) where the sound is amplified. The sound waves then travel toward a flexible membrane at the end of the ear canal. This is the eardrum (3). When the sound waves reach the eardrum, they make it vibrate - just like when you hit a real drum.

The vibrations from the eardrum (1) then pass into the middle ear, which contains three tiny bones: the hammer (2), the anvil (3), and the stirrup (4). These bones are the tiniest in the human body. The sound vibrations then pass through a memebrane called the oval window into the fluid of the inner ear. A tube at the bottom of the middle ear, call the Eustachian tube connects to the back of the nose to control the air pressure.

When the sound waves reach the inner ear, they enter the cochlea (1), a system of tubes shaped like a snail shell. the cochlea is filled with a watery liquid which moves in response to the vibrations within the oval window. As the fluid vibrates, 25,000 tiny nerve endings are set in motion. These movements are converted into electrical impulses along the auditory nerve (2) to the brain. The brain then interprets these signals as sound.

What Is an Audiogram?

An audiogram is a graph that shows the results of a hearing test. The sound intensity in decibels (dB HL) is plotted on the audiogram from top to bottom with the quiet sounds near the top and loud sounds at the bottom. The pitch, or frequency, in hertz (Hz), is plotted with the low-pitch sounds to the left and the high-pitch sounds to the right. Results of an audiogram show the softest sounds a person can hear, and if there is hearing loss, what kind it is and the severity. This will help the audiologist decide what solution is best for the hearing loss.

Look at the audiogram below to get an idea of the placement (by pitch and intensity) of familiar sounds such as a dog barking or a telephone ringing or different sounds of speech.

Speech discrimination, or word recognition, is scored as a percentage of words that can be repeated correctly at a comfortable intensity level in quiet with no background noise.

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