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Helping You With Your Hearing Problem - Audiology Services

If you're having trouble hearing, a thorough hearing assessment by an audiologist can help. Audiology is focused on diagnosing and assessing hearing disorders and identifying the best strategies to deal with hearing problems based on each patient's unique needs. Audiology services include hearing assessments,  intervention services and recommendations for treatment.

Conditions We Treat:

  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus (Ringing noise in the ear)
  • Ear infections
  • Ear pain
  • Drainage
  • Vertigo

What is involved in a hearing assessment?

A hearing assessment includes a comprehensive battery of exams and evaluations to identify the degree of hearing loss and its possible causes. Hearing loss is usually one of three types:

  • Conductive hearing loss occurs in the middle or outer ear and prevents noises from reaching the inner ear where sound-sensitive nerves are located.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the nerves in the inner ear are irreparably damaged.
  • Mixed hearing loss includes issues affecting the inner ear and either the middle or outer ear.

Your assessment will include a physical exam to look inside your ear for possible causes of hearing loss, like earwax or infection, as well as structural issues like a broken eardrum, abnormal bone growths or tumors. A special instrument called an audiometer will be used to determine how well you can hear sounds at different pitches and volume levels. A tuning fork test can also be used to produce resonating sounds aimed at determining if hearing loss may be the result of damage to the middle ear, including the eardrum, or to nerves in the inner ear. Once your assessment is complete, the audiologist will discuss your results as well as potential treatments to help restore your hearing when possible.

Care Team - Top Doctors & Providers

Locations
Northfield Clinic
(507) 646-1494
Lakeville Clinic
(952) 469-0500

O’Halloran, Gerard, MD

Ear, Nose, Throat (Otolaryngologist), Sleep Medicine
Locations
Northfield Clinic
(507) 646-1494
Lakeville Clinic
(952) 469-0500
ENT Clinic - Faribault
(952) 469-0500
Surgery Center
(507) 646-6001

Locations

Lakeville Clinic

Phone:
(952) 469-0500
Fax:
(952) 469-0505
Hours:
Monday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Address:
9974 214th St. West, Lakeville, Minnesota 55044

Northfield Clinic

Phone:
(507) 646-1494
Fax:
(507) 646-6870
Hours:
Monday - Tuesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address:
2000 North Avenue, Northfield, Minnesota 55057