Diagnostic Audiological Evaluations
ACL Hearing and Balance Inc. provides comprehensive audiological evaluations to determine the type and degree of hearing loss. The evaluations can include pure tone testing, speech audiometry and Acoustic Immittance testing. Your physician will be provided with a written report summarizing the test result.
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations include
- Pure tone thresholds
- Speech Audiometry
- Middle ear Assessment
- Otoacoustic Emissions Testing
More than 24 million Americans have some type of hearing problem. Hearing difficulties are often unrecognized by the person involved. The first step in the treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist. A comprehensive hearing evaluation by a licensed and certified audiologist will help determine the nature of the hearing loss. After that has been identified the most appropriate treatment strategy can be determined.
Types of Hearing Loss and Common Causes
Conductive Hearing Loss
A conductive hearing loss is the result of the disruption of sound transmission through the outer and middle ear. People with conductivce hearing losses often report that sounds are not loud enough.
- Outer and middle ear infections
- Perforated ear drum
- Small or missing ear canals
- Poorly formed middle ear bones
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
A sensorineural hearing loss is the result of damage to the inner ear. This is the portion of the ear connected to the hearing nerve that transmits sound to the brain. People with sensorineural hearing losses report that sounds are not loud enough and that their speech understanding is poor.
- Family history
- Exposure to loud sounds
- Certain types of prescription drugs
- Diseases of the inner ear
Central Hearing Loss or Auditory Processing Disorders
The person with an auditory processing disorder has a problem processing sound in the brain or the central nervous system. The individual with an Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) has normal hearing but will often have complaints similar to those with a hearing loss.
Causes of CAPD are not fully understood at this time
- Listening devices to help improve the signal to noise ratio
- Language therapy
Hearing Aid Dispensing
ACL Hearing and Balance is a multi-brand hearing aid dispensary. We offer hearing aids in all available models and with every type of technology. As hearing healthcare professionals, we are committed to continuing education and training to stay current on the newest hearing aid trends.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your hearing aid is recommended to maximize performance. Repair services (either in-house or at the factory) are offered for all makes and models of hearing aids. To get our hearing aid repair and cleaning services you can drop off your hearing aid at our Baton Rouge location or our Central location, call us at (225) 927-7011 for instructions.
Hearing Aid Accessories
Proper care and maintenance of your hearing aid sometimes requires special products. Some of the products include otoferm comfort cream, battery testers, and Dry and Store for removing moisture and condensation from your hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Batteries
We sell all sizes of hearing aid batteries. We also provide battery mailing service for your convenience. Contact our office to find out about our specials for buying in bulk quantity.
Noise and Water Protection Ear Plugs
We can fit you with custom made earplugs for noise protection. We also make special plugs for musicians to help control the loudness level without distorting the music. Custom made swim plugs are available in a variety of colors.
Central Auditory Processing Disorders
What to Expect During an Evaluation
Prior to arriving at the appointment the parent/guardian should complete the case history form. This can be downloaded from ACL’s website. Upon arriving at the appointment, the audiologist and parent/guardian can then go over the case history to fill in any missing information. The child will then undergo a full audiological evaluation. This is to verify that no hearing loss is present. If no hearing loss is present, the AP evaluation will begin. Testing will include:
- Auditory closure – ability to fill in missing pieces of information.
- Auditory figure ground – the ability to understand speech in the presence of noise.
- Binaural integration – the ability to listen to two conversations.
- Binaural separation – the ability to block out one conversation and attend to another conversation going on at the same time.
- Temporal patterning – the ability to remember and sequence information correctly.
- Binaural interaction – the ability of the two ears to fuse information.
- Auditory decoding – the ability to discriminate, sequence, remember, blend and take apart sounds within words.