Services

EAR Audiology, which was named Best Audiologist in the 2011 San Diego Union-Tribune Readers' Poll, provides services to evaluate and conserve hearing, as well as to treat a wide variety of hearing disorders. Read further to learn more about specific services. We are no longer seeing patients as of May 30, 2015.

Otoscope

  1. Ear and hearing healthcare
  2. Diagnostic hearing evaluation
  3. Tinnitus assessment and treatment
  4. Central auditory processing assessment
  5. Ototoxicity monitoring
  6. Occupational hearing evaluation
  7. Hearing aid evaluation
  8. Hearing aid fitting
  9. Aural rehabilitation
  10. Hearing aid follow-up and repair
  11. Custom earplug and earpiece consultation
  12. Positional vertigo assessment and treatment
  13. Engineering consultation

Ear and Hearing Healthcare

By working closely with otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors), EAR Audiology facilitates timely diagnosis and medical treatment of sudden and gradual hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, infections, Eustachian tube dysfunction, and other ear disorders.

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Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

A thorough evaluation of hearing health can be conducted by EAR Audiology for adults and children age 6 years and older. This evaluation includes air, bone and speech audiometry, speech-in-noise testing, tympanometry, acoustic reflexes, acoustic reflex decay, and otoacoustic emissions. Additional tests may be administered depending on patient symptoms.

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Tinnitus Assessment and Treatment

EAR Audiology can conduct tests to estimate the pitch and loudness of tinnitus then determine whether or not a patient may benefit from a tinnitus masker or sound therapy. Patients are educated about tinnitus, its causes and coping strategies. Medical or other clinical consultations are recommended when appropriate.

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Central Auditory Processing Assessment

EAR Audiology can conduct a comprehensive battery of tests to assess central auditory processing. These tests are recommended, for example, to adult patients who have had head or neck injuries, as well as those who report difficulty hearing in background noise despite otherwise normal hearing tests-- a symptom sometimes associated with a central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). Management methods for CAPD include environmental modifications, an assistive listening device (ALD), and auditory training.

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Ototoxicity Monitoring

For patients receiving chemotherapy agents like cisplatin, as well as those being treated with potent antibiotics like gentamicin and tobramycin, it is important to monitor hearing health. Those treatments are toxic to the inner ear and can cause tinnitus, dizziness and hearing loss. EAR Audiology monitors ototoxicity using audiometry and otoacoustic emissions.

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Occupational Hearing Evaluation

The workplace can be noisy, and exposure to loud noise may cause permanent tinnitus and hearing loss. In addition, some chemical fumes found in factories, workshops and laboratories are ototoxic. EAR Audiology monitors the hearing of people exposed to occupational noise or chemicals. Many employers and licensing agencies like the police department, Federal Aviation Administration, and Transportation Security Administration require applicants to have their hearing tested. Some also require periodic hearing tests. EAR Audiology conducts the required tests and certifies results for employers and licensing agencies.

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Hearing Aid Evaluation

Phonak Exelia ITC

EAR Audiology is no longer selling hearing aids.

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Hearing Aid Fitting

EAR Audiology is no longer selling hearing aids.

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Aural Rehabilitation

EAR Audiology emphasizes aural rehabilitation of its patients. This includes counseling about hearing loss, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), getting the most out of hearing aids, and communicating effectively. Family members are encouraged to participate in group discussion. Auditory training and assistive listening devices (ALDs) are also available. EAR Audiology offers LACE for at-home auditory training.

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Hearing Aid Follow-up and Repair

Like any electronic device, hearing aids sometimes need repair. EAR Audiology offers some repairs onsite and coordinates others through hearing aid manufacturers. Additionally hearing aids can be reprogrammed based on patient preference and changes in hearing loss. Hearing aid accessories like batteries, cases and dryers can be provided, too.

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Custom Earplug and Earpiece Consultation

Westone ES3 Musicians' Monitors

EAR Audiology is no longer selling earplugs and earpieces.

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Positional Vertigo Assessment and Treatment

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common type of vertigo. It results from a disorder of the inner ear that can be treated in the office, usually with just one or two brief sessions.

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Engineering Consultation

EAR Audiology provides mechanical engineering consultation for the biotechnology and medical device industries. Mechanical design solutions are offered for products and processes from concept to production.

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