Audiologists identify and assess disorders of the hearing and balance systems of children and adults. Audiologists select, fit, and dispense amplification systems such as hearing aids and related devices; program cochlear implants; and provide instruction, rehabilitation, and counseling services to enhance human communication. A graduate (doctorate or master) degree is required for practice.
An audiologist must achieve a minimum of a masters degree in audiology though many hold a doctorate (Au.D. or Ph.D.). They must also go through a period of evaluation by another state licensed audiologist before receiving full state licensure.
A hearing aid specialist (HIS) / audioprosthologist only requires a high school diploma and 6 months of training under another state licensed hearing aid specialist before receiving state licensure. A HIS cannot diagnose medical factors which can contribute to hearing loss; are trained to sell a hearing aid and administer hearing tests only for that purpose; are not authorized to test children under the age of 19.
You may have a hearing loss if you experience any of these symptoms:
Conductive, sensorineural, and mixed
No. Different hearing aid manufacturers have different technology and features that differentiate them from each other. Also, certain manufacturers innovate in their technology while others license older technology that has been phased out. We offer hearing aids from several different manufacturers to fit every budget.
Just as important is your choice of hearing aid professional to program your hearing aids. A good hearing aid is only as good as the person that is programming them. Dr. Duran has devoted her entire educational background and career to helping people with hearing loss. She stays current on all the latest technology and continuing education to ensure her patients receive the highest quality service and compassionate care.
Tinnitus is commonly referred to as "ringing in the ears", but it can manifest itself as ringing, chirping, or clicking sounds. These sounds can happen a few times a month or many times in a single day, and can last a few moments or hours. For some people these sounds can also be constant without relief while sleeping.