We believe the ability to communicate is a precious gift. You can't replace the sound of a child's laughter or take for granted the ability to say "I love you."
That's why we offer highly trained and licensed therapists who work with you or your loved one to ensure you receive the best care.
Carolinas HealthCare SystemNorthEast's Audiology and Speech Clinic is the only comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center in Cabarrus County for speech and hearing disorders.
Our Audiology Department offers services for:
- Comprehensive Hearing Testing - to determine the degree and type of hearing loss (see below)
- Immittance Measures - to determine the functioning of the eardrum and ear bones
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) - to determine if a baby or a child has a hearing loss; also may be used to provide information on the functioning of the auditory nerve system
- Electronystagmography (ENG) - to determine the functioning of the vestibular (balance) system (see below)
- Hearing Aid Services and Repairs - includes the fitting of hearing aids as well as training in their use (see below)
Our services include all types of hearing test procedures used to assess a person's ability to hear soft sounds or understand spoken words in quiet. Tests are painless, require only 30 minutes and are conducted using an audiometer, which presents tones through earphones or speakers. Test results are recorded on a form called an audiogram.
We screen for hearing in all types of patients, from newborns to adults. Workers requiring an industrial hearing screening can be accommodated at our facility. Auditory brainstem response and otoacoustic emissions testing are also available.
The Electronystagmography (ENG) test battery is used to diagnose a patient's balance disorder by measuring the patient's eye movements during certain kinds of visual and vestibular stimulation. These tests allow a physician to distinguish between a peripheral vestibular disorder and one located within the central nervous system.
Hearing Aid Service
After a patient receives a hearing test and clearance from a medical doctor, the audiologist will discuss types of hearing aids that are best suited for the patient's hearing loss and lifestyle. The audiologist will make an impression of the ear to create a custom hearing aid and then send that impression to a hearing aid manufacturer.
Once the custom hearing aid is received from the hearing aid manufacturer, a hearing aid fitting appointment will be made, during which the patient learns about the care and functioning of the hearing aid. Follow-up appointments are scheduled to ensure the hearing aid is working properly.
There are several types of hearing aids available at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast:
- Behind-the-ear (BTE) - the aid is fit over the ear and connected with a clear tube to a custom made earmold
- In-the-ear (ITE) - the aid fills the entire bowl of the ear
- In-the-canal (ITC) - the aid fills just half or a smaller portion of the ear than the ITE
- Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) - the aid fits fully in the canal and is the least visible style of hearing aid
Hearing aid repair services are also available at our clinic.