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St. Elizabeth Audiology and Speech Pathology offers a wide range of diagnostic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages with hearing impairments. Our dedicated staff of audiologists is committed to providing the highest level of hearing health care to individuals and their family.

Audiology at St. Elizabeth Healthcare includes:

  • Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations
  • Auditory Evoked Potentials
  • Custom Ear Molds
  • Hearing Aid Evaluations and Dispensing
  • Infant Hearing Screening Program
  • Otoacoustic Emissions

Hearing Loss: Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms

  • The speech of others seems mumbled or slurred
  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Difficulty hearing the television or radio at a normal level
  • Problems understanding conversations in the presence of background noise

Causes

  • Heredity
  • Exposure to high level of noise
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Aging
  • Birth defects
  • Head injuries
  • Exposure to certain medications

Diagnosis and Treatment

If a hearing loss is suspected, a consultation should be scheduled with one of our audiologists. Clinical audiologists are academically trained, licensed and certified hearing healthcare professionals who measure and evaluate a person’s ability to hear and specialize in the treatment of hearing disorders. The staff of St. Elizabeth Healthcare has over 30 years experience and are licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and certified by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Audiology Services

Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations: Audiological testing consists of a battery of tests providing specific information about each part of the ear to determine the type and degree of hearing loss. This service is available for persons of all ages.

Auditory Evoked Potentials (ABR): State-of-the-art diagnostic procedure to objectively evaluate the auditory function and hearing sensitivity. ABR has a wide range of clinical applications including universal newborn hearing screening.

Hearing Aid Program: The testing, consultation and fitting is completed by the audiologist on staff who has access to the most current hearing aid technology. Hearing aids from several different manufactures are available to meet the needs of each individual patient.

Our staff has experience fitting all types of hearing aids. Each patient is scheduled for a complete hearing evaluation. If the results indicate that hearing aids are appropriate, the audiologist will discuss with the patient their specific needs. Based on severity of hearing loss, the needs of the patient, and the patient's expectations, the audiologist will recommended the appropriate hearing aids.

All hearing aids are dispensed on a 60-day trial period. Patients return to the department every two weeks for follow-up visits for consultations and adjustments. If the patient determines after the trial period, that the hearing aids are not beneficial, they may return the hearing aids for a refund. There is a $100 dispensing fee that is non-refundable.

Physician referrals are required for many procedures. For more information call (859) 301-5740. To schedule an appointment, call (859) 655-7400.



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