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Audiology

Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States. Our certified audiology staff with Premier Medical’s Audiology and Hearing Aid Center utilizes the latest technologies available to detect and treat hearing loss and work closely with Premier Medical physicians to give you the best care possible and handle all your hearing needs.

Our team wants you to hear more clearly, whether your condition is age-related or medical in nature.  Premier Medical is dedicated to using the latest medical treatment and also specializes in state-of-the-art hearing aid technology.  This established practice of certified audiologists has a master or doctoral level degree from an accredited university with experience up to 38 years.  The team of professionals and knowledgeable support staff are here to provide you a comprehensive approach to your hearing health care needs.  Our mission is to provide you with better hearing through innovative technology to get you back into the hearing world.

An ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Physician may order a combination of testing to identify the origin of your dizziness.

(VNG or ENG) – VNG stands for videonystagmography and ENG stands for electronystagmography.  These procedures record eye movements (nystagmus) through specific recording techniques.  The purpose of recording these is to better understand parts of the balance pathway including your inner ear function.

The balance test is a simple, painless procedure.  The first part is following a red light as it moves around on a light bar.  The second part we move you around in various positions.  The third part we introduce cold and warm air or water to your ear.

ABR – The ABR (Auditory Brainstem Response) test is a procedure used to check the function of the auditory nerve.  Electrodes will be placed at the ears and on the forehead and tracings will be made as sound is introduced to the ears.

ECochG – The ECochG test looks for a fluid imbalance in the inner ear.  Electrodes will be placed in the external ear canals and on the forehead and tracings will be recorded as sound is introduced to the ears.

VEMP – The VEMP (Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential) test records a response from the ear as sound is being presented to the ear in conjunction with tensing your neck.  This test helps to identify the involvement of a specific portion of the balance pathway.

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