Diagnostic Services for Adults

Lakeside Audiology exists to provide exceptional hearing healthcare.
This means personalized solutions for patients of all ages.

At Lakeside Audiology we understand the importance of relationships. Our hearing keeps us connected to those around us. Often, individuals have avoided learning more about their hearing ability due to denial of the problem or fear of being told they need to wear hearing devices. At our practice, you will receive a complete and thorough evaluation of your hearing, provided in a comfortable and confidential environment.

Drs. Block and Jensen recognize that our young adult to senior populations have specific needs when it comes to their hearing healthcare and the solutions to address it. Fortunately, with advancements in hearing instrument technology, the options available are greater than ever before. Our providers are dedicated about learning about each person’s hearing goals and lifestyle in order to come up with the best solution catered for them.

Why Should I Have my Hearing Tested?

Hearing is the foundation for communication and social interactions. Hearing loss can occur gradually, so often, you may not recognize your loss for many years. However, the effects of hearing loss are not just measured by the audiogram. Hearing loss can have a significant impact on emotional health, memory, employment opportunities, relationships and social engagement.

Quick Facts about Hearing Loss
(courtesy of the Hearing Loss Association of America)

  • About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
  • While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.
  • Almost 15% of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss.
  • Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing.

How often should I have my Hearing Tested?

Your hearing should be addressed as part of your annual physical or overall health assessment. If you believe that you are suffering from hearing loss or have any of the warning signs of hearing loss, you should see an audiologist for a comprehensive hearing examination. Regardless of self-assessed hearing ability, it is advised to get a baseline hearing test at 60 years of age, sooner if you have any risk factors for earlier onset hearing loss such as family history or exposure to hazardous noise levels. A baseline hearing test at any age can serve as a useful reference for your hearing health in the future. Once a hearing loss is diagnosed, annual hearing testing is recommended. If your hearing is found to be normal, the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association advises hearing testing in three-year intervals after the age of 60. The earlier hearing loss is detected, the sooner you can begin to improve your quality of life.

Signs you need your hearing tested…

  • Frequently asking for repeats or find yourself saying “Huh?” or “What?”
  • Often leave conversations with misunderstanding of what was said
  • Onset of social withdrawal from activities once enjoyed
  • Concerns regarding memory ability
  • Presence of tinnitus
    (ringing in the ears)
  • History of exposure to high noise levels
    (music, industrial noise exposure, hunting, etc)
  • Hearing but not understanding
  • Family members expressing concern
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • Difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise
    (i.e. restaurants, meetings, church)

Hearing Evaluation

Age-related hearing loss normally affects both ears and occurs due to changes in the structure of your inner ear, but structural changes can also occur in the middle ear, in nerve pathways from your ear to your brain, or even due to certain medical conditions and/or medications.
We offer a range of clinical testing to comprehensively evaluate your hearing ability.

Tests Offered:

  • Tympanometry and middle ear reflex measurements
  • Pure tone Audiometry
  • Speech testing in quiet and in noise
  • Otoacoustic Emissions Testing
  • Tinnitus Evaluation
  • Cochlear Implant Candidacy Evaluation

Hearing aids and other technology

The correct amplification solution can make the world of difference for an adult suffering from hearing loss. From young adult, to working adult, to senior, hearing aids provide access to the world around you and the ability to participate in life again with confidence

If your comprehensive evaluation indicates hearing loss, it is likely that a trial with amplification would be your best next step to addressing your hearing concerns. All of our hearing aid fittings are verified by both objective measurements and patient self-report and questionnaires. Using the Verifit Speechmapping system, we have the ability to actually measure the level of sound provided by a hearing aid while in the user’s ear, enabling the audiologist to accurately and objectively evaluate the frequency response of the hearing aid. In addition, speech testing in noise can be conducted in the soundbooth to mimic a real world listening environment and provide the audiologist details about true aided functionality outside the clinic.