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Bellows Hearing Institute provides Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations, balance testing, and hearing aid services for the Coachella Valley and neighboring communities.

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Audiological Evaluations For Seniors

Seniors in particular are strongly encouraged to include comprehensive audiological evaluations as part of their routine wellness examinations. Periodic hearing testing can inform patients and their physicians of any potential health risks related to:

  • Cognitive processing/mental acuity
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Balance disorders/ falling
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Ototoxic drug therapies
  • Accident / ear trauma
  • Outer, middle, and inner ear disorders

Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing. These findings emphasize just how important it is for physicians to discuss hearing with their patients and to be proactive in addressing any hearing declines over time.

Source: John Hopkins Medicine 2013

Dr. Frank R. Lin, M.D., PhD. conducted a study linking hearing loss with the decline of mental processing. The outcome of the study suggested that decreased hearing abilities may accelerate gray matter atrophy and increases the listening efforts necessary to comprehend speech. He noted that hearing aids may not only improve hearing but preserve the brain.

Source:  John Hopkins Medicine 2013

 

WHAT ARE THE CLASSIFICATIONS AND CAUSES OF HEARING LOSS?

Hearing loss can affect anyone at any age

CONDUCTIVE HEARING LOSS

A medically or surgically treatable condition related to the outer and middle ear systems that can be caused by:

  • Cerumen (wax impaction)
  • Infection and/or disease
  • Perforation of the eardrum
  • Trauma to the ear canal, eardrum or middle ear ossicles/bones
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Foreign body in the ear canal

SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS

A condition affecting the inner ear and hair cells in the cochlea which is usually a permanent disorder. Presbycusis (aging of the ears), exposures to harmful noise and/or music levels, drug side effects, chemotherapy and radiation treatments can contribute to sensorineural hearing loss deficits.
Diseases such as diabetes, balance disorders, kidney and cardiovascular involvements are also potentially related as comorbidities to sensorineural hearing loss.


MIXED

A deficit related to any combination of the conductive and sensorineural involvements listed.

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Audiology Services

Being able to communicate with ease is important for a child’s development of speech and language and is critical for healthy aging.

At Bellows Hearing Institute, we offer a wide range of services to improve a patient’s residual ability to hear and understand speech:

  • Diagnostic audiological evaluation for adults and children
  • Electronystagmography testing for dizziness and/or vertigo
  • Expert Digital High Definition Wireless and Wired hearing aid fittings
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Remote Control Systems (cell phone, tablets, TV, landline)
  • Bluetooth® compatible assistive listening device pairing
  • Assistive listening services (telephone amplifiers, alarm clocks)
  • Hearing aid maintenance and repairs
  • California Special Needs Program affiliate
  • High quality batteries
  • Custom Noise / Musician Ear Protection
  • Custom Swimmolds / Sleeping Molds
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Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations

In order to accurately diagnose the type and severity of your hearing loss, a comprehensive audiological evaluation is strongly recommended. Hearing testing is patient friendly, non-invasive and can usually completed in one half hour. Once a diagnosis is determined, the results are thoroughly explained and recommendations are made. Testing for adults and children are performed in cooperation with the primary care physician and otolaryngology specialist (Ear Nose and Throat) to assess ear disorders related to:

  • Cerumen (wax management)
  • Outer, middle and inner ear infections
  • Perforation of the eardrum
  • Ear pain
  • Chronic mastoid disease
  • Balance (dizziness and vertigo)
  • Tinnitus (buzzing / ringing in the ear or ears)
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Acoustic trauma (accident or excessive noise and music exposures)


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Balance Testing

The inner ear plays an important role in the body’s ability to maintain balance. Even minor disturbances in the organ of balance (semicircular canals) can potentially result in dangerous falls. Balance testing can detect inner ear abnormalities (peripheral) or nervous system disorders (central). Your physician or specialist can use the results to determine the proper diagnosis and treatment plan to improve balance and well-being.


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Custom Fit Hearing Aids

We work with a number of manufactures that lead the industry with state of the art and cutting edge technologies providing solutions to improve the residual hearing and processing abilities for each individual patient. Long after the fitting of amplification devices, we are here to provide all the necessary care and adjustments needed to ensure maximum success and satisfaction with the patient’s residual hearing and understanding abilities.


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Wireless Bluetooth® Technology

New hearing aid systems have built-in wireless Bluetooth® capabilities. These systems allow patients to connect products directly to Bluetooth® compatible electronics (television, computer, smartphone, IPOD, IPAD, Kindle, etc.). Directional and purified signals can therefore be processed more easily in difficult listening environments.


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Ear Protection

Patients suffering from a history of chronic ear infections and/or ear surgery can benefit from custom swimmolds. In addition, individuals who sleep with snoring partners or those who are exposed to excessively loud music or harmful industrial noise can also be protected with custom sleeping and noise protection products.