Our Audiology Services
Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center offers the newest, most technologically advanced hearing aids available. Major brands are available in a variety of styles and sound quality. In-the-ear, behind-the-ear, canal, completely-in-the-canal, and open fit technology are available in all levels of digital sound.
We keep a supply of batteries for you to purchase in our office. Stop in routinely for fresh batteries. Make sure to check the batteries in your hearing devices often and make sure there is no dirt, wax or debris interfering with the batteries performance. Batteries that are properly charged will make a noise (a squeal) when cupped in your hand or after it has been inserted in your ear, when you cup your hand over the hearing aid it will also make a noise.
- Size 10 (yellow)
- Size 312 (brown)
- Size 13 (orange)
- Size 675 (blue)
Cell Phone Accessories
Custom earmolds for cell phone headrests, Bluetooth compatible device, hands-free and more.
Cerumen, or ear wax, can be removed from the ear canal so that it does not interfere with listening or comfort, especially for individuals who wear hearing aids.
Mapping is the term used for programming a cochlear implant. Cochlear implant maps are set based on an individual’s response to sound through the cochlear implant device.
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations for Adults and Children
Scheduled and performed by our licensed and nationally certified Hearing Healthcare Professionals. Insurances often cover these tests. 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.
It is important in some cases to have a custom-fitted ear mold if the severity of the hearing loss indicates that this would maximize the benefit from your hearing aid, or for personal comfort reasons. We will produce custom-made earmolds based on the exact contours of your ears. We can then ensure that your hearing aid fits perfectly.
Evaluation for Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)
APD evaluations are most commonly performed for school-age children, although many adults are also tested. A person with suspected APD has normal hearing, but does not seem to hear well or understand what is heard. Auditory Processing Disorders can impact listening skills, learning, language, speech production, spelling and reading skills, socializing, and problem solving abilities. Hearing and understanding may be inconsistent, meaning that there may be normal hearing acuity present, but the brain is not processing information appropriately. Testing for APD consists of a hearing test and several tasks where words or sentences must be repeated in different listening conditions. Evaluations can determine if there is an Auditory Processing Disorder present, what type or types, severity, as well as available treatment options.
Evaluation and Fitting for Musician's Ear Plugs
Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings. They are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods, which may put them at risk for permanent hearing damage. Musician’s ear plugs are custom-made devices that help to limit the sound exposure from instruments, while still providing a rich musical experience for the performer or audience.
Based upon what you tell us about how well you can hear in your everyday surroundings, we will make any necessary final adjustments to your hearing aids.
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.
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.
During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with a licensed professional who will discuss with you the different styles, colors, technologies, and benefits to wearing hearing aids. You may be shown different styles or have the opportunity to try different hearing aids in the office. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing aid chosen.
Industrial Hearing Testing
Workers in certain occupations are required to receive regular hearing tests due to the risk of hearing loss that can be caused by excessive noise in their workplace. These hearing screenings can be completed in less than 30 minutes, and comply with the standards set by OSHA.
In Office Hearing Aid Maintenance 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.
Otoacoustic emission testing allows the audiologist to understand how the outer hair cells of your inner ear are working.
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 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.
VNG - Balance Evaluations
Videonystagmography evaluates the function of the vestibular portion of the inner ear for patients who are experiencing symptoms of vertigo, unsteadiness, dizziness, and other balance disorders. Hearing evaluation tests are frequently combined with vestibular studies for the identification of inner ear disorders.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES WE OFFER:
Educational/Pediatric Audiology Contract Services:
BHSC provides services in the community on a contract basis. We are able to provide educational audiology needs for children within their school district, including hearing testing, hearing screenings, teacher collaboration and training, hearing aid dispensing and maintenance, as well as FM Systems.
Adult Audiology Contract Services
BHSC provides adult audiology and hearing aid services directly on site at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as other community locations.
CAOHC Certified Hearing Conservation Program Services
Helping businesses establish hearing conservation programs, including assessment of noise exposure risk, providing recommendations regarding engineering noise control and providing the most appropriate hearing protection, establish hearing screenings and hearing monitoring programs, employee education and training, and policy and procedure development.