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What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual impairment in the ability to hear sounds. This can occur due to aging, congenital or hereditary factors, exposure to loud noises, certain medications, infections or diseases, and head or ear trauma, as well as a number of other causes.

Common signs of hearing loss:

  • You hear people speaking but you have to strain to understand their words.
  • You frequently ask people to repeat what they said.
  • You frequently complain that people mumble.
  • You play the TV or radio louder than your friends, spouse and relatives.
  • You cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone or environmental sounds, such as birds.
  • You find that looking at people when they speak to you makes it easier to understand.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a hearing professional to have a complete audiometric evaluation (AE). This diagnostic hearing test allows a licensed hearing professional to determine the type and degree of your hearing loss. The results are then useful to your physician should the tests conclude that your hearing loss may be treated medically or surgically.

Common types of hearing loss:

  • Conductive Hearing Loss occurs when sound cannot travel through the outer ear to the eardrum and tiny bones of the middle ear. This type of hearing loss can often be treated medically or surgically.
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Sensorineural hearing loss not only involves a reduction in sound level, or ability to hear faint sounds, but also affects speech understanding, or ability to hear clearly. Sensorineural hearing is a permanent loss and is best treated with the use of hearing aids.
  • Mixed Hearing Loss is a combination of a conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. In other words, there may be damage in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear or auditory nerve.

Some of our tests:

  • Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations and Consultations coupled with speech testing are used to rule out any medically treatable causes of hearing loss.
  • Otoacoustic Emissions measures sounds produced by the components of the inner ear.
  • Middle Ear Evaluations (Acoustic immittance measures) - determines if a middle ear problem may be contributing to or causing your hearing loss and whether you need medical refer or not.
  • Balance and Dizziness Testing (Videonystagmography) is used to determine if a patient's dizziness or balance disorders is caused by the inner ear or other factors such as the brain, medical disorders, or psychological problems.
  • Electrophysiology Studies (Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) and Electrocochleography (EcochG)) are used to diagnose possible problems involving the hearing nerve and to examine electrical potentials in the ear.

Other services:

  • Hearplan Program provides an array of services at no additional cost to the patient. By being a member of our Hearplan program you can stop by as often as you need without having to worry about any additional charges.
  • Hearing Aid Adjustments and Repairs are always available in our full service lab. In most cases, we are able to repair your hearing device in-house while you wait. If your hearing device requires more extensive repair we will be happy to send the hearing device to the appropriate manufacturer for you and loan you a hearing device so you never have to live without your “ears”.

Dr. Amanda Pearson came to Albany ENT from Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates in Charlotte, NC in January 2013. While employed at CEENTA, Dr. Pearson actively created a program for training local audiologists in pediatric diagnostic and intervention strategies. She also cared for a full patient load that consisted of pediatric and adult diagnostics, pediatric and adult amplification, and adult vestibular services. She was pleased to be able to provide those services to the community in Albany as well.

Dr. Pearson is originally from Kosciusko, MS and received her bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Mississippi. She went on to obtain her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, the American Board of Audiology, and the Georgia Audiology Association.

An important aspect of her life is family – her daughter and 2 dogs. She currently lives in Albany where she enjoys gardening, walking, her artwork, and DIY projects. She is an avid music lover and enjoys listening to live performances.

Albany ENT
605 Pointe North Blvd
Albany, GA 31721
Phone: 229-435-7161
Fax: 229-438-8588

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