Our staff of licensed audiologists are highly skilled and trained to evaluate hearing capacity and hearing loss. The initial diagnostic evaluation determines the cause of your hearing loss and whether it may be due to a serious medical issue that needs attention from Neurotologist Moises Arriaga. A treatment plan is then developed to address the patient’s hearing needs.
About CNC Hearing & Balance Center New Orleans Area Hearing Evaluations
There are two main components of a diagnostic hearing evaluation:
Pure-tone Air and Bone Conduction testing is a useful test to determine the softest sounds a person can hear at different frequencies, or pitches. It also helps to pinpoint the site of the hearing loss—outer ear, middle ear, or inner ear. Speech Testing determines both the softest level a person can understand words and how well a person can understand conversational speech. Together, these measurements and tests complete a picture of one’s hearing health, and are the foundation we use to develop a treatment plan in order to enhance a person’s communication abilities.
Our comprehensive evaluation also includes:
- Otoscopy –
Examination of the ear canal
- Tympanometry –
Measurement of ear drum movement
- Acoustic Reflexes –
Assessment of middle ear muscles and the hearing nerve
- OAEs –
Assessment of function of hair cells in the inner ear
Dr. Arriaga is then consulted if it appears there might be a medical reason for the hearing loss. Some general areas of further evaluation include:
- Electrocochleography (ECochG) – Evaluates for possible hydrops of Meniere’s disease
- Auditory Brainstem Evoked Response (ABR) – Estimates hearing sensitivity and identifies neurological abnormalities of the auditory nerve and pathway
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan
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See what our patients have to say
“This has changed my life. I can’t recommend this enough to someone who is hearing impaired,” she says.
At 62 years of age, Martha Davis is just now waking up to the sound of birds singing in the morning. She’s been hearing impaired for over 40 years following a case of childhood measles. Thanks to a hearing device called a cochlear implant, the Luling school teacher is getting used to hearing children playing in the schoolyard. “I love hearing,” Martha says, beaming.
She had heard of cochlear implants but never seriously considered getting one until a friend insisted she make an appointment with Neurotologist Moises Arriaga, M.D. at CNC Hearing and Balance Center.
New Orleans Balance and Amplification Services
Comprehensive Balance Assessments
When diagnosing a balance disorder, it is important to identify and treat the underlying cause and to coordinate with other medical specialists, when necessary. For example, our staff frequently coordinates with neurologists on conditions that affect balance, such as migraine-related balance issues. We also work closely with neurosurgeons dealing with tumors that can cause balance issues.
- Rotational Chair
- Videonystagmograpy (VNG)
- Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP)
- Tullio and Fistula Testing
- Evaluate and treat BPPV
- Tinnitus Treatment and Evaluations
Our audiologists have years of experience custom-fitting hearing devices for all levels of hearing loss. We rely on the findings of our comprehensive hearing evaluations to recommend the most appropriate device from top-tier manufacturers.
- Digital Hearing Device Evaluations and Fittings
- Real Ear Measurements and Speech Mapping
- Provides verification of a hearing aid’s settings to ensure adequate amplification is achieved
- Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
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