As it’s Hearing Health Awareness Month, the team at Audicles is on a mission to provide you with as many details as possible about our amazing services. When you recognize a hearing loss, the first step is always a comprehensive hearing assessment.

Here, doctors of audiology can diagnose your particular condition and prescribe the most effective treatment. This is what happens when you begin your hearing journey with Audicles.

A Simple Chat

When you are first introduced to your doctor of audiology, they’ll just want to find out about how your hearing concern has been affecting you. They may also want to know about your family’s medical history, as like many conditions, hearing loss can be hereditary.

This will give them a sense of what might be causing your problems, highly useful for when they conduct further analysis.

A Closer Look

Next, your doctor of audiology will make a more detailed inspection of your ear. They will look at both the inner and outer parts to ensure there are no foreign objects or wax build-up blocking your ear canal.

They’ll also be looking to see if you have any fluid behind your eardrum, which may indicate you have an infection. Once they’re sure that your ear is looking healthy, they’ll then move forward to a series of precise hearing tests.

The Hearing Tests

For this stage of the assessment, you’ll put on a pair of headphones in the sound booth. Initially, your doctor of audiology will play you a range of different sounds and tones, which will decrease in volume. All you have to do is press a button when you can hear something.

Afterward, they’ll ask you to repeat certain words and phrases in the presence of background noises. This will demonstrate how well you can listen and interact in more challenging situations.

For some patients, a specialist will also conduct a tympanometry test. This will reveal whether your eardrum is operating correctly. Once these have been completed, you’ll be brought back to your specialist’s office where they’ll discuss the results in detail.

The Best Solution

After you complete your hearing assessment, your doctor of audiology will provide you with a full diagnosis. They’ll happily refer you to an ENT physician if your condition could benefit from surgical or medical treatments.

But if you’re a great candidate for hearing aids, often they can fit you with a device and improve your hearing right away. Their most important concern will be that you receive the best hearing solution for your particular circumstances.

Once you’ve gained the right care, you won’t believe the difference it can make to your life.

Are you concerned about a hearing loss or know someone who might be? Contact the team at Audicles and they’ll be ready to assist you in an instant!

 

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Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Tracy Board Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Board began her career in audiology after completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has been fortunate to work in a plethora of healthcare and educational settings. As a result, she has perfected the art of effective adult and pediatric treatment. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Board works directly with her state and national organizations to not only improve the quality of audiological healthcare in Texas, but also to advocate for her patients.
What Was Betty's First Experience at Audicles Like ...
“My first sign of hearing loss was gradually realizing that I couldn’t hear and was missing too much. My first impressions of Audicles were that I would recommend them, they had a good reputation and local. I knew that I needed help and found them very easy to work with, very thorough and very likable. Hearing aids have impacted my life a great deal, I was missing too much of what was going on. My advice to anybody considering visiting Audicles would be that they’re an excellent choice and I think they would be very happy with them.”
Betty P.
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“I first realized I had signs of hearing loss in the early 90’s, my biggest fear at the time was having to wear hearing aids and feeling old and deaf. I went to visit Audicles and if I had to rate my first impressions on a scale of 1 to 10 I would give them a 12+. From day one of having my hearing aids, everything changed, when I take them off the world goes to only 50% hearing, so they really have positively impacted my life. I always recommend Audicles so if you are considering visiting, I would highly recommend and refer Audicles and Tracey Board.”
Brian O.
Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming ...
“My first signs of hearing loss started in 3rd grade, I had problems with my teacher, which in turn led to having a hearing test, which found high frequency hearing loss in my left ear. Audicles made me feel very comfortable right from the start and Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming, enough to keep me as a patient for 30+ years. My hearing aids have become a true blessing as I have gotten older, if you are considering visiting Audicles, don’t wait! They truly go above and beyond to help you.”
Donald Kotzer
What Happened at 4 Year Old Hunter's First Appointment ...
“Hunter was just four years old when we found out he had a profound hearing loss in both ears and as his parents we were so worried Hunter would have to live with this disability and would always be considered different. As soon as his hearing aids were turned on, he ran to the window and said “trucks.” He could hear the traffic for the first time. When we got home to his Memi’s house, he could hear the peacocks and he was so excited … it was priceless. The impact hearing aids have had on Hunter’s life is incredible, Hunter says “I am able to live a normal life and communicate easily with my family and friends. I love to hunt and fish, which are two things I can do better when I can hear.” For anybody considering visiting Audicles, we would not consider taking Hunter anywhere else, they are the most caring people you will ever meet. We love Dr. Board and all of the staff, they are extremely helpful and welcoming at all times.”
Hunter Brown
Isaac First Visited Audicles as a Little Kid ...
“My first signs of hearing loss came when I was a little kid, I was really happy when I visited Audicles for my first appointment. Hearing Aids have had a really good impact on my life, I can hear everything! I would definitely encourage anybody considering visiting Audicles to go.”
Isaac Leos
She Always Made Me Feel Like I Belonged ...
“I was only two when signs of hearing loss were detected so I don’t remember my first appointment, but one of my earliest memories was visiting Dr. Jane with my grandpa. She always made me feel like I belonged and always greeted me with a smile and a hug. My first impressions of Audicles were awesome, I remember sitting in the hearing booth thinking I was in a spaceship! The impact hearing aids have had on my life is indescribable, I would not be where I am without the help of Audicles, Dr. Jane went above and beyond to help me. I would say to anybody considering visiting Audicles, what are you waiting for?”
Jaret Gunn
There is Never a Better Time to Do It Than The Present ...
“I noticed the first signs of hearing loss at work, as I work with children in my teaching job, I found it harder and harder to hear them. My family were also giving me a hard time about the TV volume. I was so ready to increase my quality of life and not miss anything so I had no fears about visiting Audicles for my first appointment. I was made to feel right at home! They were professional, kind, patient and explained everything. Hearing aids have impacted my life in a big way, I can hear my grandchildren. I have been able to use mics and the technology offered for a variety of purposes was all for the good. If you are considering visiting Audicles, just do it! There is never a better time than the present. What do you have to lose?”
Kim M.
My First Signs of Hearing Loss Were ...
“I was really pleased with my first visit to Audicles, first impressions were very good, everyone is very nice and helpful. Wearing hearing aids has positively impacted my life as I can hear things now that I did not realize I was missing. If you are considering visiting Audicles I would say to go, you can’t find a better service.”
Loretta Anton