Bay Area Audiology

Providing Hearing Aids and Hearing Care Since 1972

What is an Audiologist?

An audiologist is a licensed healthcare professional who holds a doctoral degree in audiology and is trained to evaluate problems relating to ears and hearing including hearing loss, balance disorders, and ringing or noise in the ear. They counsel patients on noise-induced damage to the ear, provide hearing protection devices, and fit patients with custom ear protection for hunting, performing, flying, swimming, or other various activities. They also fit, dispense, and service hearing aids to patients with hearing impairment.

If an audiologist determines that hearing aids are right for a patient, they will help the patient select the optimal hearing aids, show the patient how to care for and clean the hearing aids, and provide various services associated with maintaining, repairing, or adjusting the hearing aids for particular listening environments. The audiologist will also counsel the patient as to what to expect from the hearing aids, and may refer the patient to additional educational materials.

 

Audiological Testing

Our audiologists perform comprehensive hearing exams in a high-tech sound-treated booth to ensure accurate testing results. There are also testing options available for young children that may not be able to cooperate with a traditional hearing examination.

Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)

Tinnitus, commonly described as ringing in the ears, is an abnormal sensation of sound when there is no actual sound present. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.

Our audiologists can provide a tinnitus evaluation and fit combination devices such as ReSound Verso TS, and Widex Zen that not only treat hearing loss but also help manage tinnitus.

Hearing & Hearing Loss FAQ
Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), more than 36 million Americans have some type of hearing problem, and 30-40% percent of people over age 65 have hearing loss. Approximately 90% of those suffering from hearing loss can be helped by the use of hearing aids.

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Hearing Aids
Both Dr. Abbott and Dr. Araj prescribe and fit hearing aids through Bay Area Audiology, our audiology practice which is conveniently located within the ENT medical practice. Having received doctoral-level training to fit and dispense hearing aids, our audiologists fit hearing aids personally to achieve superior comfort and maximum hearing improvement. At other facilities, the person fitting and dispensing hearing aids has usually met only the bare minimum of educational requirements and training, and cannot perform comprehensive evaluations.

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Custom Ear & Hearing Protection

Exposure to loud noise is the most common cause of hearing loss. As a general rule, if you have to shout over a noise to make yourself heard, if the noise hurts your ears or makes your ears ring, or if you have difficulty hearing for hours after exposure to the noise, the noise is probably at a damaging level. The longer you are exposed to an intense noise and the closer you are to its source, the more damaging it is.

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Our ENT and audiology specialists work to diagnose the cause and severity of your condition and provide the treatment you need to get back to good health.