Audiology & Hearing Aids
When you have trouble hearing or keeping your balance, turn to the friendly, professional audiologists at Caldwell UNC Health Care. Work with a local provider dedicated to helping you more easily participate in conversations and activities you enjoy.
Why See an Audiologist?
Audiologists see people of all ages to diagnose and treat:
Count on your Caldwell UNC audiologist to work closely with your ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor to provide complete ear and balance care.
Hearing Tests & Treatments
Rely on your audiologist to figure out what type of hearing loss you have and how severe it is. Depending on your symptoms and needs, your provider may conduct:
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR) test – Uses painless electrodes to measure brain wave activity in response to sounds
- Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) test – Uses a small probe in your ear to detect how well your inner ear (cochlea) works
- Pure-tone test – Reveals what volumes and pitches you can hear by asking you to listen and respond when you hear a sound
- Speech test – Asks you listen to and then repeat a word the audiologist says
Help for Hearing Loss
Work with your care team to improve your ability to communicate with those around you and prevent additional hearing loss. Look to your audiologist for:
- Hearing aids – Small electronic devices that makes some sounds louder
- Hearing assistive technology – Devices that make it easier to hear or communicate without sound
- Hearing conservation – Counseling that helps you understand how to protect your hearing
- Hearing rehabilitation – Therapy that helps you build listening and speaking skills and live well with hearing loss
- Tinnitus sound therapy and counseling – Treatment that improves how you perceive and react to tinnitus symptoms
Balance Disorder Care
Partner with your audiologist to figure out the cause of dizziness or other balance problems. During your appointment, your audiologist may:
- Review your medical history
- Ask you to describe your symptoms and when they happen
- Conduct simple screening tests
- Recommend in-depth tests, such as:
- Electroneurography (ENoG) – Shows how impulses travel in your facial nerve
- Electrocochleography (ECoG) – Measures your inner ear’s response to sound
- Videonystagmography (VNG) – Analyze your eye movements
Repositioning for Vertigo
If you experience benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a series of simple, very exact head movements may relieve your symptoms. This is called repositioning treatment. It moves small calcium crystals out of your inner ear so they stop causing symptoms. Trust your Caldwell UNC audiologist for safe, effective repositioning treatments.
Individualized Balance Therapy
Your audiologist may recommend balance therapy from physical therapists at Caldwell UNC to improve your balance and keep you safe and active.