Hearing

Hearing loss is unique to each individual and not every patient with hearing loss should be fitted with hearing aids. Hearing loss occurs when sound cannot travel through the ear and into the brain. In most cases, hearing loss is caused from inner ear damage by age, loud noise, toxic drugs or medications. The damage usually cannot be reversed. In few cases, hearing loss is cause by a medical problem such as infection, abnormal bone growth, or tumors inside the ear.

Drs. Kin Copeland, M.D., George Godwin, M.D., and Ben Light, M.D., provide a complete medical diagnosis of your hearing loss problem. Based upon this diagnosis, the physician may suggest that your hearing loss may be better treated with medication or surgery rather than being fitted for hearing aids. However, when hearing aids are the best option for a patient, those patients are given a medical referral to hearing specialist and Audioprosthologist, Frank Fischer.

Medical causes of hearing loss

  • Ear wax
  • Middle ear fluid
  • Hole in the ear drum (membrane perforation)
  • Earbones disrupted or thickened
  • Acoustic neuroma (benign growth)
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Viral/bacterial infections
  • Foreign body obstruction

When is it time for a hearing test?

  • Newborn: threshold ABR and OAE newborn infant screening
  • Children: comprehensive test after failing a school screening or are experiencing speech delay
  • Adults: you or your family suspect hearing loss

Our physicians will provide a comprehensive hearing test to gain a medical diagnosis for hearing loss, and suggest the appropriate treatment with medication, surgery, or hearing aids.