Hearing Services – Surprise, Arizona
Hearing evaluations are different than hearing screenings. When you come to our Surprise Hearing Center, we will go through your hearing history and ask detailed questions about your medical history as well as your lifestyle. We will use a lighted video otoscope to inspect your ears for abnormalities and also check for cerumen or wax blockage. Our video otoscope allows us to show you what we see when we are looking in your ear canal. Our Audiologists will perform a thorough diagnostic hearing evaluation in a soundproof booth to determine not only the shape of your hearing loss but the type of hearing loss you have, which is incredibly important in determining your treatment options.
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Pediatric Hearing Evaluations are performed in our Peoria, Surprise, and Mesa, Arizona Locations. The ability to hear is an extremely important part of a child’s emotional, social, and cognitive development. even the mildest hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to learn to speak or understand language. A diagnostic hearing test may be recommended by your pediatrician or your child’s school for the following reasons:
- They refer to a hearing screening, whether at birth, through school, or at the pediatrician’s office
- They have a history of frequent ear infections
- They have a diagnosed or suspected speech and language delay
Happy Ears Hearing Center tests newborns through adults. Testing for children is done in a playful environment and most of the time, the child does not even know they are having their hearing tested.
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Hearing Aid Evaluations can be combined with hearing evaluations, but may also be separate consultations if you have had your hearing tested elsewhere. A hearing aid evaluation allows us to look at your hearing loss and type of hearing loss and determine if hearing aids, bone anchored hearing devices, or a cochlear implant would best suit your hearing needs.
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Happy Ears Hearing Center works with multiple hearing aid manufacturers including Phonak, Starkey, Oticon, Widex, Signia, Unitron, Hansaton, ReSound, Rexton, and Sonic Innovations. Having affiliations with multiple manufacturers allows us to treat all types of hearing loss in all price points. Pricing and technology are variable between manufacturers, which allows Happy Ears Hearing Center to treat everyone’s hearing loss and find something that works with their individual budget.
Hearing Aid Repair
Since we work with all of the top manufacturers we carry most hearing aid parts. If we are unable to repair your hearing aid, it’s likely that we can facilitate a warranty exchange. Typically, most hearing aid repair can be done while you wait.
Bone Anchored Hearing Aids
Bone anchored hearing aids are for individuals who may not benefit from traditional hearing aids. Bone-anchored hearing aids send the sound signal through the bone by bypassing the middle ear. Bone-anchored hearing aids work for individuals with single-sided deafness, individuals with middle ear trauma, or those born without an outer ear.
Cochlear Implant Evaluations
Cochlear implant evaluations are a lot like traditional hearing evaluations, however, more extensive testing is done. Hearing testing includes audiometry, testing in background noise, and aided testing (meaning that hearing aids are worn during the test). These test results allow us to determine if hearing aids are truly benefiting the patient, or if they no longer amplifying enough to hear speech clearly. If you suspect hearing aids are no longer working for you, a cochlear implant evaluation may be the next step.
Cochlear Implant Mapping
Happy Ears Hearing Center offers cochlear implant mapping services at all of our locations. Cochlear implant mapping occurs when we re-program the cochlear implant processor. Much like having hearing aids adjusted, cochlear implants need to be adjusted due to changes in the auditory system. Our audiologists currently map Advanced Bionics and Cochlear products.
Many individuals experience cerumen (wax) buildup in their ears. Cerumen protects the ears, however, when built up, it can affect your hearing. If your ears produce too much wax, it can create a wax plug that can also impair your ability to hear. For help with cerumen/wax buildup, contact any of our Happy Ears Hearing Center locations. Our audiologists are highly trained in cerumen management and will safely remove any wax plugging your ears.
Many people suffer from ringing in the ears. Some people also describe tinnitus as crickets, the ocean, buzzing, clicking, or humming sounds. If you have any of these symptoms, you are experiencing tinnitus. Tinnitus is described as an awareness of sound that is not caused by an external noise. Tinnitus can trigger anxiety and depression and can affect relationships, employment, and regular everyday activities. Many people notice tinnitus more when the environment around them is quiet. If you experience tinnitus or feel that it is creating a negative effect on your life, call our Surprise location and our audiologists will evaluate your tinnitus and explain the treatment options available. While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are various treatment options that do help reduce the symptoms.