Audiology Center at
Eye Centers of Florida
For more than two decades, the medical professionals at Eye Centers of Florida have been "helping you see your best." Now, we'd like to "help you hear your best" as well. The Audiology Center at Eye Centers of Florida was established to assist our patients and their families with the detection and treatment of hearing problems.
Of all our senses, sight and hearing are the most important; they allow us to communicate with others. When either of these senses is impaired, through injury, illness or age , it can have a dramatic effect on our quality of life.
How we respond to impairment of these senses can be very different. If you can't see well enough to drive a car or to read a book, the solution is simple and widely accepted. Visit your eye doctor for an assessment and vision correction. We are far less likely to seek professional help in coping with a hearing loss. Although the days of bulky hearing aids are long past, some of the stigma that once accompanied those early hearing devices remains and it may be preventing you from enjoying life to the fullest.
If you are experiencing a hearing loss, you are not alone. Studies show that more than 22-million people in the US suffer from some degree of noticeable hearing loss. While not all hearing loss is curable, in many cases people suffering from a hearing impairment can be helped.
Two Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss generally falls into two categories: conductive or sensorineural. Conductive loss is caused by injury to or problems with the bones, eardrum or membranes within the ear. This type of loss is treated surgically or medically and often includes the use of hearing aids.
Sensorineural loss, also known as "nerve deafness," is the most common form of hearing loss. It is caused by damage to the nerves of the inner ear. Although sensorineural loss is not curable, many people suffering from this type of loss can be helped with hearing aids. In fact, nearly all hearing aid wearers have "nerve deafness."
Hearing loss is generally a slow process and this makes it easy to overlook symptoms. Early recognition that there is a problem is the first step in getting help.
you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be
suffering from a hearing loss.
Diagnosis & Treatment
As with any medical condition, the earlier a hearing loss is detected and treated, the greater the chances are for successful rehabilitation. The Audiology Center at Eye Centers of Florida is equipped to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art audiometric evaluation. This simple, painless procedure provides accurate information on the nature and degree of your hearing loss. This procedure also assists us in determining whether or not hearing aids can be used to help your problem. Once the initial diagnosis has been made, we will either refer you to a medical doctor for follow-up or fit you with the hearing enhancement device best suited to your hearing needs and lifestyle.
The Audiology Center is also equipped with a real ear measurement computer which evaluates the performance of your hearing aid while it is being worn, to assure a correct acoustic prescription.
In addition to the professional services available, The Audiology Center at Eye Centers of Florida offers hearing aid repairs, cleaning and tune-ups, batteries, assistive listening devices, aural rehabilitation counseling and educational seminars.