After the age of 55, our hearing begins to decline but by having regular hearing tests we can attempt to slow down this process. We recommend to get a hearing examination every 2 years after the age of 55. The test type that we would use depends on the age and known hearing status. We perform pure-tone air and bone conduction testing, tympanometry testing, speech testing, auditory brain stem response test, auditory steady-state response test, otoacoustic emissions screening, and visual reinforcement and conditioned play audiometry for children.
Getting custom ear molds for hearing aids can help to provide better
sound quality and a better fit in the ear. Custom ear molds are done
by taking a soft mold and putting it in the ear. This mold then hardens
and creates the shape of the ear which can be sent in to a hearing aid
provider and made into a ear mold.
Custom Ear plugs
Loud noises can be damaging to the inner ear and can cause hearing issues later in life. Getting custom ear plugs can help to prevent these damaging noises from ever entering the ear while still getting all the sounds you want to hear. There are different types of custom ear plugs for different situations such as:
Hunting - able to protect against gunfire shots
Musician - take into the account the resonant frequency of the ear so that attenuation of the sound is even across the frequency spectrum, preserving the original musical quality, only quieter.
Sleeping - softer material and more flexible so they can be worn all night
Swimming - prevents water entry
Each of these ear plugs are made of different materials and with a different style to help make sure that they prevent the sounds that can be damaging or annoying while allowing the sounds that you want to hear.
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In-ear monitors and Impressions
In-ear monitors are devices used by musicians, audio engineers, and television presenters. Musicians and audio engineers use them to listen to music or to hear a personal mix of vocals and stage instrumentation for live performance or recording studio mixing. Television presenters use them in order to receive vocal instructions, info, and breaking news announcement from a producer that only the presenter hears. Impressions for these monitors can be made in the office and ordered directly from Marston Hearing Center as well.