Hearing Health Services at Valley Regional Audiology

The Audiology Department at Valley Regional Hospital identifies and monitors hearing loss to ensure prompt medical diagnosis, treatment, and intervention.

The goals of all assessment and treatment services in the Audiology Department are to preserve, protect and rehabilitate hearing.

Hearing evaluation

Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation (Hearing Test)

This test determines whether hearing loss is present, how severe it is, and the best course of treatment. The appointment takes between 45 minutes to one hour. Prior to the test, the audiologist will complete a hearing health case history and complete a visual exam of your ears and ear canals. The hearing test will be completed in a sound booth and will involve listening to tones and speech.

The test may include:

  • Pure tone air and bone conduction testing; determines degree, configuration and type of hearing loss.
  • Word Recognition testing; determines functional communication ability.
  • Tympanometry; evaluates status of middle ear function and ear drum.
  • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA); testing for children ages 7-24 months of age. VRA is completed with the child sitting on the parent/guardians lap in the center of the sound booth. Sound speakers are stimulated using speech and frequency specific tones and hearing is evaluated based on the infant's localization and the infant is rewarded visually with a visual reinforcement toy (i.e. dancing duck or cow).
  • Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA); testing for children 2 1/2 years to school aged. The child responds to frequency specific tones by playing a game and this often alleviates the fears associated testing by making it fun.
  • Otoacoustic emissions (OAE's); testing that evaluates the inner hair cell activity in the inner ear (cochlea) that confirms inner ears are receiving sounds.

Hearing Aid Selection

The audiologist will help you decide on the best style, features, and level of technology for a 50-day trial period with hearing aids. You may be offered a trial with demo hearing aids during this appointment if your hearing loss allows. Hearing aids will be ordered at this appointment if you opt to pursue a trial period.

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Hearing Aid Dispensing/Fitting and Orientation

The audiologist will program your hearing aids with the computer specific software required for your aids. You will be instructed and oriented on how to use and care for your new aids, and offered suggestions to help you adjust to wearing them.

Hearing Aid Evaluations and Follow-up Appointments

The audiologist will follow up with you throughout the trial period making fine tuning adjustments, modifications and individualized suggestions to help you make the most of your hearing aids. Your progress will be evaluated to make sure you are meeting your communication goals.

Preventive Hearing Care

Including custom hearing protection for occupational or recreational noise exposure and custom musician ear plugs or custom ear molds for personal listening devices.

Assistive Listening Devices

We will dispense assistive listening devices or devices to stream Widex hearing aid technology to TV's, telephones, cell phones, and other portable listening devices.

Widex hearing accessories

Contact us today for a hearing consultation.

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243 Elm St.
Claremont, NH 03743

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