Dr Byrer is available to speak at community education events to share her knowledge about hearing loss, tinnitus, hearing instruments and better communication strategies. Hearing loss not only impact one’s ability to hear and understand the conversations around them; it contributes to the quality of relationships and the ability to engage in life! Untreated hearing loss is known to be associated with decline in cognitive abilities, depression and social isolation.
Hearing is evaluated in the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Today’s testing equipment is very sophisticated and portable offering precise measurement in a variety of settings. A visual inspection of your ears will determine if there is any ear wax blocking the ear canals. If so, it can usually be removed right then and there, as long as it is safe to do so. A thorough history of the health of your ears and general medical history is taken as well as your listening needs and an assessment of the conditions and environments where hearing is a struggle.
Tinnitus is a perception of sound in the ears or head when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as ringing in the ears and is very common. It can be a constant sound in one or both ears, or it can come and go. It has been described as a ringing, buzzing, whooshing or a million crickets or even a freight train!. Millions of people experience tinnitus and most can easily ignore it. There are some people who find it very difficult to ignore and it starts to affect their quality of life. Most who suffer from tinnitus will seek the advice of their Physician, only to be told that there is no cure and to learn to live with it, or worse that it is because they are losing their hearing! While it is true that there is no “cure”, one does not have to just live with it. Dr. Byrer has been trained by experts in Tinnitus Management. There are many ways that one can learn to train their brain to ignore the tinnitus. Sometimes just some simple education is all it takes, other’s need a more intensive treatment plan that may include the use of devices worn on the ears much like hearing aids. A lot of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss and simply correcting the hearing loss through amplification devices helps tremendously with the tinnitus.
Hearing Aid Consultation and Fitting
Once it is determined that hearing instruments are the best solution for the hearing loss, more testing is done to assure that the prescribed hearing instruments will provide enough amplification for the softer sounds without making the louder sounds uncomfortable. The hearing instruments are finely tuned to each individual's loss. Fitting includes instruction on the proper use and care of the aids, practicing using and inserting them, changing batteries or using the battery charger. If the hearing instruments are bluetooth compatible we will pair them to the appropriate devices and instruct on how to use the accessories properly.
Once a hearing loss is identified, the use of hearing instruments is not the one and only solution. Aural Rehabilitation (AR) teaches those affected how to effectively adjust and manage their hearing loss. This can be done on an individual basis or in a group setting. AR includes learning about the specific hearing loss, improving communication skills, proper use and care of the hearing instruments or other assistive listening devices and how to advocate for themselves and manage their listening environments and expectations.
Hearing Aid Repairs and Adjustments
Hearing aids need regular maintenance. When an instrument is not cleaned thoroughly and regularly, it will break down. There are many working parts and electronic components in hearing aids. Many hearing instrument repairs can be done on site, while some will need to be sent in to the manufacturer for more intensive service. Even when hearing instruments are working properly, as the hearing changes the hearing aids will need to be reprogrammed to get the best results.
Custom Hearing Protection
Wearing hearing protection is one of the easiest ways to conserve your hearing! Custom made products can be made to be worn at concerts or band practice that will allow music to come through unaltered just at a safer volume. If you work in noisy conditions or have noisy hobbies, custom made, comfortable, long lasting and easy to use ear plugs can be made for you.