Audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders in newborn, children, and adults.
At Audiology Island we utilize state of the art specialized equipment to provide services for people of all ages, from newborn to geriatric. Accurate assessment of hearing is vital to the diagnostic evaluation of patients with suspected otologic disorders for the determination of the underlying process, as well as in the planning of rehabilitation of hearing loss. Our doctors bring their knowledge and experience from the top hospitals in NYC, which allows them to treat and diagnose hearing disorders like no other clinic on Staten Island.
We work hand in hand with other medical professionals, by combining a comprehensive history with a battery of audiological tests in order to develop and implement the most appropriate treatment options.
Auditory Processing Evaluations: We provide hearing tests and auditory processing evaluations as well as fitting hearing aids.
Auditory Brainstem Response: An Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) is a hearing test that measures the brain’s response to sounds. ABRs are often used for infants or children who cannot give verbal or behavioral responses to sounds they hear. The ABR uses small stickers that are placed on the skin of the head and headphones that are placed in each ear. The infant must remain sleeping for the duration of the test. An audiologist interprets the responses that are measured and determines the child’s level of hearing in each ear. An ABR test can last between 30 minutes and 2 hours and is not painful.
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations: Scheduled and performed by our licensed and nationally certified Hearing Healthcare Professional are subject to professional fees. Insurance often covers these services.
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations: During your examination you will be tested using a series of low & high frequency words to determine your ability to understand verbiage within a conversation. We will also give you several words to repeat. The results will help us determine your percentage of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech and how hearing aids will improve your ability to hear.
Ear Impression: Since the various systems produce different hearing impressions, it is important for you to make a comparison yourself. For this purpose we will produce custom-made earmolds based on the exact contours of your ears. We can then ensure that your hearing aid fits perfectly.
Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting: At the hearing aid fitting, you will receive the hearing aids you selected. They are programmed based on a prescription that is specific to each person’s hearing loss. The hearing professional may make adjustments after you try the hearing aids to make sure the settings and fit are ideal for you.
Hearing Aid Repairs: Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your hearing professional can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.
In Office Services: We encourage ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aid(s). We encourage all our patients to come in for regular hearing aid check-ups and cleaning.
Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, and Warranties come with all brands of hearing aids. We offer in-office repairs when possible on most makes/models.
Live Speech Mapping: Live Speech Mapping is a fitting process that uses probe microphones and live real-time speech to allow the patient and their family members to immediately see and understand the benefits of hearing aids and fitting adjustments.
OAEs: Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
Ototoxic Monitoring: Certain ototoxic drugs have been found to cause hearing loss, tinnitus (“ringing in the ear”) and/or dizziness. We offer high frequency audiometry, where hearing levels are measured in dB SPL at 8000, 10,000, 12,000, 14,000, 16,000 and 18,000 Hz. We obtain baseline thresholds to document high frequency hearing before the patient’s physician administers drugs which are known to be potentially damaging to the ear. We then periodically monitor hearing thresholds in order to inform the physician if there are any changes in hearing. Should the patient’s hearing worsen, a different drug may be used or the dosage may be altered to minimize hearing loss .
Tinnitus Evaluation and Management: Tinnitus is described as a ringing in the ear, and can range in severity. A tinnitus evaluation can help you identify how much tinnitus interferes with your daily life and if there are treatment options that can benefit you.
Tympanometry: Tympanometry is an examination used to test the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the conduction bones, by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.