Are you experiencing one or more of the following?
- Inability to hear high-pitched sounds
- Difficulty distinguishing between similar sounding words
- Difficulty following a conversation in a group of people
- Turning up the television volume to a level that is uncomfortably loud for other listeners.
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may need to visit the Hearing Instrumentation Department at The Regional Rehabilitation Center.
Hearing loss is an inability to hear speech and other sounds clearly, and is one of the most common physical impairments. Because it occurs gradually, you may fail to recognize that your hearing has deteriorated.
It is important to rule out any medically correctable cause. A physician can determine whether your hearing loss can be corrected by something as simple as removing wax from your ear. If hearing loss cannot be treated medically, you may find that a hearing aid and/or other assistive device can help you hear well.
Early intervention is critical in helping children develop language skills. With the advent of mandatory hearing screening of newborns in New York State, hearing impairment is identified at earlier ages than ever before.
Improving Hearing Loss
Testing is performed by a licensed audiologist. If it is determined that you can benefit from an assistive device, a hearing aid best suited to an individual’s particular needs is recommended for a trial period of 45 days. Hearing aids integrate convenient features and discrete styles for nearly any loss or lifestyle. Follow-up appointments are provided at no charge.
Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare offers walk-in hearing aid services (no appointment needed) on weekdays between 10am and noon.
Audiology and Hearing Instrumentation services are provided by New York State licensed audiologists who have master’s and doctorate degrees in Audiology and are members of national associations such as the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). All audiologists are certified by New York State to dispense hearing aids.