Audiology Services

We welcome all adults and children who may need a hearing evaluation, hearing aids, balance assessment, or other rehabilitative and assistive technology to improve their quality of life. Dr. Kane will evaluate your hearing, communication, and lifestyle needs. You will work closely with Dr. Kane to find the solution which best fits your individual needs.

We provide diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid consultations and communications needs assessment, hearing aid fittings, hearing aid adjustments, and vestibular assessments. Additionally, we can clean and check hearings aids you’ve purchased here or elsewhere, make recommendations for noise protection, provide you will custom hearing protection for noise or water, and provide tinnitus management.

ADULT HEARING SERVICES

• Hearing Evaluations (Diagnostic)
• Tympanometry and Reflex Testing
• Hearing Aid Consultations
• Communications Needs Assessment
• Hearing Aid Fitting
• Verification Measures
• Aural Rehabilitation
• Custom hearing protection (Noise and Water)
• Tinnitus Management Solutions

PEDIATRIC HEARING SERVICES

• Hearing Evaluations (Diagnostic)
• Tympanometry and Reflex Testing
• DPOAEs
• Hearing Aid Consultations
• Hearing Aid Fitting
• Verification Measures and RECDs
• Aural Rehabilitation
• Custom hearing protection (Noise and Water)

BALANCE ASSESSMENT

• Oculomotor Testing
• Positional Testing and Dix-Hallpike Testing
• Caloric Testing with Air

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

HEARING AIDS

Choosing a hearing professional is one of the most important decisions a hearing impaired person can make. The Audiology Department of The Chahfe Center is committed to providing you the best possible hearing care; this is based upon your needs as an individual. Our dedicated audiologist offers counseling, hearing aid consultations, hearing aid fitting, hearing aid adjustments and repairs, and clean and checks. We provide comprehensive care related to prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation of hearing impairment.

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 Oticon, GN ReSound, Phonak, Signia, and Starkey. We will also work with a patient’s current hearing aid/technology, even it is from another manufacture and/or purchased elsewhere.

All new hearing aid purchases come with a 45-day trial period, a New York state law. Additionally, most hearing aids come with a 3 year service package which includes a 3 year warranty and 3 year loss and damage clause. For you convenience, you can drop off your hearing aids at any time to be assessed and you will be called with the findings or you can take advantage of our hearing aid walk-in hours Friday’s 1:00-1:45 PM. Please call the office as hours are subject to change.

TYPES OF HEARING AIDS

NIDCD-Hearing-Loss-And-Older-Adults-Figure
Image Courtesy of NIDCD/NIH

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.