We Put Our Focus on Your Hearing Health
One in every eight (almost 41 million) Americans suffer from some level of hearing loss, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH) statistics. Close to 28.8 million of these individuals would benefit from wearing prescription hearing aids but fewer than 4 million take advantage of them.
Worse yet, those with an untreated hearing loss place themselves at a higher risk for developing additional cognitive and mental health conditions as well as other health issues. The damage reaches deeper, as dealing with individuals suffering from a hearing loss takes an enormous toll on families.
By visiting The Hearing Center of Medical Center Clinic website, you are taking a positive step toward getting help.
Our “patient-first” approach has helped to establish us as a trusted leader in hearing healthcare in the Florida Panhandle. Our team uses a medical approach to provide a wide range of hearing healthcare solutions designed to educate and assist our patients and their families toward dealing with the effects of hearing loss.
To accomplish our objective, we provide
- Comprehensive audiological assessments
- Tinnitus assessments
- Cochlear implant mapping
- Balance and dizziness (VNG) testing
- Adult and pediatric hearing aid fittings and follow-up care
- Cerumen (earwax) management
- Industrial hearing screenings
- Custom hearing products (musicians plugs and in-ear monitors, recreational hearing protection, wireless assistive listening devices, etc.)
Our Premium Care Program, which we started in 2012, is evidence of our commitment to better hearing in our community. This program includes unlimited batteries for the life of your hearing aids and special daily walk-in hours. During walk-in hours, we provide cleaning, preventative maintenance, batteries, and/or other supplies for most hearing aids at no extra charge.
Whether you struggle to hear a conversation because of background noise, everyone complains that the volume on your TV is too high, or you cannot understand people during phone conversations, it is time to seek help. At The Hearing Center of MCC, we put our focus on your hearing health.
How We Can Help
Comprehensive Hearing Assessments
Since 1 in 8 Americans have some form of a hearing loss, it is likely that at least one person close to you is experiencing early signs of a hearing loss. Because of its slow and gradual decline, hearing loss is often very difficult to self-diagnose.
Much like aging, we never notice day-by-day differences when looking in the mirror, but when we review photos of ourselves from years back, we see stark differences. To identify the progression of hearing loss, it is necessary to have an accurate assessment of your current level of hearing or to establish a baseline.
Because early detection allows for a broader range of treatment options and greater treatment success, we highly recommend an annual hearing assessment if you’re over the age of 50.
Advanced Prescription Hearing Aid Technology
Taking the necessary steps to take advantage of prescription hearing aid technology is difficult for many people because of the stigma associated with hearing aids when they were growing up. Most think of those bulky, clunky devices their grandparents used, which had a tendency to make loud whistling noises for no apparent reason. Hearing aid technology continues to make drastic changes, which make them smaller, lightweight, and discreet, as well as providing substantial improvements to performance.
The latest technology boasts features, such as advanced connectivity to your smartphone or other electronic devices and rechargeability, which allows the capacity to stream music, phone calls, or your television directly to your prescription hearing aids. This means that the latest technology doesn’t just amplify your hearing, but it also amplifies your connection to the world around you.
Cochlear Implant Mapping
Children who receive a cochlear implant before 18 months of age develop language skills at a rate comparable to children with normal hearing, and many succeed in mainstream classrooms, according to National Institute of Health (NIH) sources. Worldwide cochlear implant usage reached about 600,000 in 2016, with approximately 40% of users being children.
Cochlear implants treat severe to profound hearing loss in persons who receive little to no benefit from hearing aids for speech understanding ability. They are surgically implanted devices, which bypass the damaged inner ear using direct electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve in order to transmit sound signals to the brain for processing. There has been a significant rate of cochlear implanting success in eligible patients. For the devices to work properly, they require programming or mapping.
Affecting 15% of the US population, tinnitus is one of the most common hearing challenges many of us face. Until you experience tinnitus, it’s difficult to comprehend just how much it impacts your day-to-day life. Many individuals describe tinnitus as a ringing sound while others have compared it to the sound of crickets, whooshing, and/or buzzing. It can be constant or intermittent, but it is troublesome and needs to be addressed.
Although there is no “magic pill” to fix tinnitus, there are many ways to manage it and minimize its effect on your life. We have been helping patients to do just that for the past three decades. If tinnitus is having a negative impact on your life, your career, or your relationships, then we encourage you to have a simple, non-invasive tinnitus assessment.
Balance Disorder Assessments
Balance disorders are common among Americans. Those aged over forty are particularly susceptible to them, with nationwide surveys showing roughly a third have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction (National Center for Biotechnology).
Some people with balance disorders become easily confused or find it hard to concentrate. Others acquire impaired mobility or experience a classic dizziness sensation. These symptoms may dissipate over time or be extremely mild. But in other cases, they can become chronic and greatly affect someone’s quality of life.
The Hearing Center offers comprehensive assessments for patients with balance disorders. Our ENT physicians, neurologists, and physical therapy providers can then tailor treatments to each individual. These can include medical and surgical procedures, therapeutic rehabilitation, and canalith repositioning. We’re perfectly equipped to help every patient overcome this issue.
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Whether you’re concerned about your hearing or a loved one’s hearing, it’s often the small questions and challenges that prevent us from making critical decisions to change. That’s why we have a team of hearing experts available to help. Simply complete this form and one of our experts will call you back shortly for a friendly no-obligation conversation to answer any questions that you may have.