received his PhD from the University of Michigan, has been a Clinical Audiologist for over 35 years and is the President of University Audiology Hearing Services. (UAHS)
According to the National Council on the Aging, hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in the United States. More than nine million Americans over the age of 65 have a hearing loss. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents. Those who do not use hearing aids are more likely to report Sadness and Depression, Worry and Anxiety, Paranoia, Less Social Activity, and Emotional Turmoil and Insecurity .
During your visit, Dr. Muraski will ask you questions about your case history. Your canals will be checked with an otoscope to look for anything that might interfere with your hearing. A battery of tests will be used to check your hearing and communication abilities.
Dr. Muraski will determne:
Hearing care involves the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. Hearing loss can be categorized by where or what part of the auditory system is damaged. There are three basic types of hearing loss: Conductive hearing loss (blockage in the outer and/or middle ear), sensorineural hearing loss (inner ear nerve damage) and mixed hearing (combined blockage and nerve damage
The sense of hearing is vital for communication, to warn you of dangers in the environment, and for your psychological well being. A hearing aid will not restore you to normal hearing. A digital programmable hearing aid improves the quality of sound. The advances in technology improve the understanding of speech by reducing the background environmental noise and amplifies those pitches that are needed for speech understanding. The best hearing aid for you is one that focuses on meeting your unique needs of your lifestyle. Once Dr. Muraski fits you with a hearing aid based upon your audiogram which is a graph of loudness and pitch describing the amount of your hearing loss, the process is not over.
You will return for fine tuning your hearing aid making adjustments referred to as programming. The initial adjustments of your hearing aid focuses on making objective changes in the hearing aid as prescribed by the audiogram. The programming of your hearing aid is related to your subjective analysis of the effectiveness of the hearing aid to improve speech understanding for instance. The test of a hearing aid is your successful performance in different listening environments. The initial question that Dr. Muraski will ask is: What are your expectations from the use of a hearing aid? Dr. Muraski will specifically discuss hearing aid styles and function in your first meeting