If you have difficulty hearing, a Scripps audiologist can help determine the best treatment options based on the cause and severity of your hearing problem.
A common recommendation for hearing loss is the use of hearing devices or hearing aids. Your audiologist may suggest a hearing aid trial to demonstrate the benefits of a hearing device on your speech understanding.
There are several manufacturers and styles available. Your audiologist will help you decide what will work best for you based on your audiogram and specific hearing needs.
Getting new hearing devices is a process, not a one-time event. In addition to properly fitting your hearing devices, we will continue to provide:
- Follow-up care
- Hearing aid accessories
- Hearing aid repairs
- Hearing aid training to optimize your hearing
Assistive listening devices are accessories and devices to help improve your hearing without hearing aids; they can also be used to maximize the effectiveness of your hearing aids or cochlear implants. Your audiologist may discuss and demonstrate a variety of devices, including listening systems for communicating via telephone, enjoying TV or music, and hearing in groups or lectures.
Scripps audiologists work with professional laboratories to make custom earmolds for hearing aids, personal music players and telecommunications equipment. We also offer earmold impressions for:
- In-ear monitors
- A variety of custom ear protectors designed for swimming
- Reducing harm or annoyance from loud music, noise and gunfire
Cochlear implants provide an opportunity to improve hearing when benefit from hearing aids is limited. Your audiologist can determine if you are a candidate, assist you with finding a surgeon, provide programming of the device, and teach you how to hear with it.
We also gladly work with patients who received their devices from other centers and will assist you to keep your hearing implant working well. We fit devices from a variety of cochlear implant vendors. (This service is currently only available at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.)
We hear with our brain, not just our ears. Hearing devices or cochlear implants can provide adequate access to sound, but it is up to your brain to interpret and assign meanings to the sounds. If you struggle to understand speech in noise, rapid speech, or group conversations, auditory training or lip reading classes may help you to gain skills and strategies to deal with these situations.