The physicians and audiologists at Virginia ENT work together to provide comprehensive, total hearing care for all ages. From newborn hearing screenings to hearing aids, we can assist with all of your hearing healthcare needs.
Virginia ENT is an all-encompassing diagnostic audiology facility. Unlike other hearing health practices, our audiologists work side-by-side with board-certified physicians for a more comprehensive approach to your hearing loss management.
We perform testing appropriate for all ages. Our audiologists have extensive education and specialized training in prevention, assessment, and treatment of non-medical hearing disorders. They are the most qualified professionals to evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.
If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, contact our office to make an appointment for a hearing evaluation. During this appointment, one of our expert audiologists will determine if a hearing loss is present, if further medical management is needed and/or if a referral to an otolaryngologist is indicated. The severity and possible nature of the hearing loss and possible options for management, including amplification if indicated, will be addressed.
As we work together to learn more about your unique needs, we will guide you in making an informed decision on how to most appropriately manage your hearing loss. With offices throughout the Richmond metro area and Colonial Heights, we are able to perform complete audiologic and vestibular testing in all four of our locations.
Newborn Hearing Screening
Early identification and intervention of childhood hearing loss can prevent long-term effects on a child’s development. Hearing screening programs have been implemented across the U.S. to ensure that all children have their hearing screened at birth. Virginia ENT is proud to be a referral site for follow-up services for the Virginia Department of Health Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program.
For more information go to http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/ofhs/childandfamily/childhealth/hearing
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The audiologists at Total Hearing Care understand the complex feelings and questions associated with hearing loss. We also understand that no two people are affected in the same manner, face the same challenges or will make the same decisions on how to manage their hearing loss. The technology for hearing aids has truly progressed (click here to learn more). We have the latest in digital technology and are well equipped to meet your hearing needs. See more information here.
Audiologic Rehabilitation Classes
At Total Hearing Care at Virginia ENT, we understand that patients do not come to us because they have a desire to wear hearing aids. Patients seek out our expertise to help solve communication problems and improve quality of life issues that result from hearing loss.
Hearing aids are often an important tool in addressing those problems, but hearing aids alone may not provide a satisfactory resolution to all of the negative impact resulting from hearing loss. As an added benefit to purchasing hearing aids from Virginia ENT, we are pleased to offer a three-part class in Audiologic Rehabilitation. Managing your hearing loss in a comprehensive manner requires that the emotional, psychosocial and practical effects of hearing loss on your quality of life also be addressed. The classes will help ensure you achieve the maximum benefit in improved communication abilities from your hearing aids.
We ask that you bring your spouse, sibling or significant other to your classes, as effective communication requires appropriate skills on both sides of the conversation. The three classes can be taken in any order and at your convenience.
The goals of the Audiologic Rehabilitation classes are to:
- Optimize understanding of hearing loss, use of hearing aids, and adjustment to the residual loss and use of assistive communication techniques.
- Provide information about the most current hearing rehabilitation technology.
- Address the social/ emotional effects of hearing loss and facilitate the resolution of these issues in a group format.
- Relegate hearing loss to the status of an inconvenience rather than a handicap.
- Provide information about listening devices and facilitate acquisition of appropriate devices.
- Provide information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and explain your legal rights under the act.
- Provide consumers with the tools to continue their education regarding hearing loss, hearing aids and audiologic rehabilitation.
At the conclusion of the program, patients are encouraged to provide us with constructive feedback that will enable us to continue to improve our services to the hearing impaired population. For more information, contact one of our audiologists.
Assistive Listening Devices
Sensory hearing loss results in deficits that cannot always be addressed using hearing aids alone. In some cases a patient may not be a good candidate for hearing aids, but can obtain benefit from assistive devices. In children especially, assistive devices such as FM listening systems are critical in the classroom. If you have a hearing loss and cannot wear hearing aids or do not obtain sufficient benefit from hearing aids alone, ask your audiologist about appropriate assistive devices.
Assistive listening devices have the advantage of improving the listener’s ability to hear the desired signal in background noise or at a distance. Most hearing impaired people experience most of their difficulty in background noise, so assistive listening devices are useful for the majority of hearing aid patients. Recent improvements in hearing aid technology provide multiple options for using assistive devices with hearing aids through Bluetooth connectivity or direct audio input. For more information about how this could change your listening experience, speak with one of our audiologists.