Your favorite music, a child’s laughter, the sounds of nature—hearing loss can rob you of simple pleasures that you might take for granted. It can also:

  • Affect your communication with loved ones, health care providers, and others
  • Cause you to miss smoke alarms and other warning signals
  • Decrease your awareness of your surroundings, putting you at risk for accidents or injury
  • Interfere with learning and socialization in children and young adults
  • Lead to isolation and depression at any age

More than 30 million Americans aged 12 and older have some degree of hearing loss in both ears, and your risk goes up as you grow older. In fact, age-related hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders (NIDCD). Nearly half of seniors aged 75 or older have disabling hearing loss. And it’s estimated that only about 30 percent of those who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wear one.

You Don’t Have to Live with Hearing Loss

If you or someone you love is experiencing hearing loss, don’t ignore it. The Emory Audiology Program's full-time audiology team can test and diagnose hearing loss and offer solutions that meet your needs and suit your lifestyle. Our team can fit hearing aids in adults of all ages, and our on-site surgical team is experienced in placing cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing devices when a hearing aid isn’t enough. We’ve helped thousands of people improve their hearing, and we can help you. Don’t let hearing loss threaten your quality of life.

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

How We Hear

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

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 membrane called the oval window into the fluid of the inner ear. A tube at the bottom of the middle ear, called the Eustachian tube connects to the back of the nose to control the air pressure.

the inner ear

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.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment at Emory Clinic Department of Otolaryngology Audiology Program, please call 404-778-3381.

To make an appointment at Emory Decatur Hospital Outpatient Audiology Program, please call 404-501-5155.

How Can We Help You Today?

Need help? We will be delighted to assist you today, so please call us at 404-778-7777. We look forward to hearing from you.