Audiology for Adults
Addressing hearing loss early on is vital for having the full and involved life you desire. Our highly-skilled licensed audiologists are able to provide you with personalized services in a warm, neighborhood setting. Our adult patients frequently tell us how welcome they feel at our centers from the moment they step through the doors. Many express it was the first time they felt they were tested comprehensively and really listened to. We pride ourselves on the trust our patients place in us. We always ensure that each patient’s unique hearing, communication and budget needs are the priority when making decisions together.
Adults of all ages from the surrounding area can be seen in our community audiology clinics. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association hearing loss is a prevalent chronic condition among adults of all ages. While more than 30% of people over 65 have some type of hearing loss, 14% of those between 45 and 64 have hearing loss. Close to 8 million people between the ages of 18 and 44 have hearing loss. It is recommended that adults be screened at least every decade up through age 50 and at 3-year intervals thereafter.
Any adult experiencing the following symptoms should have their hearing evaluated:
What can I expect during my hearing evaluation appointment?
You should plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete paperwork and registration if not already completed. When you first arrive you will be greeted at the front desk and will sign in. There will be seating in the waiting area of the Audiology Department. You will need to complete a one-page case history form. There will also be a Consent and HIPAA form and also a basic registration page to complete. Your audiologist will greet you in the Audiology waiting area when it is time for your appointment.
The audiologist will talk with you about your concerns, your doctors concerns, and review your case history. During the history, the audiologist will also determine your overall communication needs.
Following a thorough history, the audiologist will examine the outer ear with an otoscope. Based on the history and physical examination of the ear, the audiologist will determine the tests that are required for your needs. These may include but are not limited to:
What happens after the evaluation?
The audiologist will go over your results with you. It can be very beneficial to have a spouse or family member accompany you to the visit. Any questions you may have about your diagnosis can be asked at this time. Appropriate recommendations will be offered at this time and may include medical referral, further testing, monitoring or amplification.
For more information or to make an appointment contact:
Elgin Center: Kimberly Garcia, Reception and Audiology Intake 847.742.3264
Villa Park Center: Joanne Larsen, Audiology Intake Coordinator at 630.282.2023 (Monday-Thursday)