Audiology Services

We welcome all adults and children who may need digital hearing aids or other rehabilitative and assistive technology to improve their quality of life. Dr. Keane, will evaluate your hearing and make recommendations to help in all listening situations. We work very closely with Early Intervention, the local area school districts and the NYSSD.

We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid assessment and fittings, and vestibular assessments. We also can make recommendations to assist in noise protection, custom ear protection for noise or swimming or the management of tinnitus.

ADULT HEARING SERVICES

• Hearing evaluations
• Tympanometry
• Reflex testing
• Hearing aid fittings
• Verification measures
• Aural rehabilitation
• Custom hearing protection
• Custom swim molds

PEDIATRIC HEARING SERVICES

• Hearing evaluations
• Tympanometry
• DPOAEs diagnostic testing
• Hearing aid fittings
• Verification measures and RECDs
• Aural rehabilitation
• Custom hearing protection
• Custom swim molds

BALANCE ASSESSMENT

We utilize the GN Otometrics videonystagmography (VNG) system to assess a patient’s central and vestibular system.

HEARING AIDS

We work with a variety of companies to bring our patients the most up to date technologies that are appropriate for their hearing loss and their lifestyles. Some of the companies we use are Phonak, Oticon, GN Resound, and Starkey. We also will work with patient’s to repair current technology even if it’s from another manufacturer.

Our patient’s all get a 45 day trial period, a New York state law. Our hearing aids come with a 3 year repair and 3 year loss/damage warranty. We have walk in clinics that patient’s can take advantage of on Fridays.

TYPES OF HEARING AIDS

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WHY IS AN AUDIOLOGIST PREFERRED? AUDIOLOGIST VS. HEARING AID DEALER

Audiologists complete, at minimum, an undergraduate and master’s level degree in audiology and a supervised clinical fellowship program prior to obtaining state licensure and national certification. Since 2007, the minimum standard of education for audiologists entering the profession is a clinical doctorate (Au.D.), reflecting the need for increased training and experience as the audiology scope of practice has grown and technology has advanced. Audiologists are required to complete several clinicals in a wide variety of atmospheres to enhance their clinical training. Most audiolgists have 7 to 8 years of education and training. Audiologists must also pass a national standardized examination of core competencies in diagnosis and management of hearing loss in order to become eligible for state licensure. Audiologists are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, medical practices, industry and private practices. Audiologist do diagnostic hearing aid tests, not just hearing screenings.

Hearing aid dispensers are also licensed by the state. The steps towards licensure are significantly different than those taken by audiologists. Hearing aid dispensers in New York are currently required to complete licensure as a hearing aid dispenser. Written and practical examinations must be passed prior to receiving licensure. Hearing aid dispensers are typically employed in private practice.

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