A YHSC staff audiologist will be attending a three day seminar in Chicago, November 8-10th called
Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
The Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center provides the finest audiology and hearing aid care. YHSC combines state of the art hearing testing and evaluation of hearing problems. We offer the latest and most current hearing aid technology and circuitry, including conventional and digital hearing instruments.
YHSC provides professional audiology services for adults and children of all ages, including newborns. Services available at YHSC include clinical audiometry, tympanometry, sound field testing, otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing, and hearing aid selection and fitting.
YHSC is contracted with Forum Health’s Northside Medical Center, (NMC). Audiology services available at the hospital site include basic audiometry, tympanometry, otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing, auditory and visual evoked potentials, electronystagmography (ENG) and auditory steady-state response (ASSR) audiometry. YHSC’s audiologists conduct the newborn universal hearing screening program at NMC.
The audiology department also has an out-patient site in Warren, located on Tod Avenue in the Warren West Community Health Center.
YHSC’s audiology staff specializes in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing loss. All audiologists have a masters degree and/or clinical doctorate in audiology and are licensed by the state of Ohio’s Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology. YHSC’s audiologists all have a Certificate of Clinical Competence granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
YHSC also employs audiology aides to assist with client needs. The aides are licensed by the state of Ohio’s Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology.
There are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed hearing loss, based on the location of the problem in the auditory system.
Although recommendations can vary, virtually all types and degrees of hearing loss can be treated. Once an audiologist performs a comprehensive evaluation and identifies a hearing loss, a recommendation will be made. Some available options include referral for medical treatment, fitting of hearing aids, and the use of communication strategies and assistive listening devices.
YHSC offers an impressive selection of conventional and the latest in digital hearing aids. We also offer hearing aid repairs, hearing aid accessories, batteries, custom ear molds, custom swim plugs, and assistive listening devices. Primary hearing aid companies utilized are www.phonak.com, www.oticon.com, and www.starkey.com.
Hearing instruments improve speech understanding in various situations and support the many functions of the human hearing (localization of sounds, enjoyment of music, …etc.)
As the kind and degree of hearing loss varies from person to person and even sometimes from ear to ear, there are different hearing instrument models which are tailored to specific hearing losses and which take into account personal needs. There are several levels of technology to fit an individuals lifestyle and activity level. YHSC’s audiologists are specialists at working with the client to find the right technology that fits an individuals lifestyle and that they are comfortable with.
Hearing instruments are all distinguished by design and technology.
In-The Ear model (ITE): The unobstrusive hearing instruments that are worn in the ear. Aesthetically pleasing, they cover mild to moderate hearing loss. The smallest ITE models are called CIC (Completely-in-Canal), they can be worn completely in the canal and are therefore hardly visible.
Behind-the-Ear model (BTE): The versatile and powerful hearing instruments that are worn behind the ear. They can be employed for all degrees of hearing losses and are particularly beneficial for severe hearing losses and special requirements regarding hearing in difficult listening situations. (FM system etc.)
Open Style BTE: The BTE hearing aid is attached to a slim tube and dome. This fitting is nearly invisible thus it is cosmetically appealing. The open style fitting reduces the client’s “plugged up” feeling.
Digital: Microprocessors (digital signal processing) guarantee the highest signal processing and fitting flexibility, in addition to providing maximum speech understanding. Individual preferences and needs can be taken into account.
Analog: Conventional technology for all degrees of hearing loss. The fitting is performed with control elements located directly on the hearing instrument. Well priced and proven technology.
When purchasing a hearing aid, it is important to look for the following:
YHSC offers all of their hearing aid clients the opportunity to join their battery club at no charge. Clients enrolled in this program receive special discounts on battery purchases.
As a non-profit organization, YHSC operates a hearing aid dispensing program for children and adults unable to afford them. We receive financial support from the United Way and from various foundations, service organizations and individual donors that enable us to provide this much needed service.
Low income children or adults in Mahoning and Trumbull counties can benefit. YHSC uses the federal poverty guidelines to determine the amount of money available for each patient. Monetary assistance for hearing aids and assistive listening devices is capped at a certain dollar amount. Adults and children are eligible for one new hearing aid every four years.