Ross Hearing Center

Merrillville, IN
(219) 738-2730
Valparaiso, IN
(219) 477-4730
Danville, IL
(217) 446-8200
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Hearing Resources

What is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. An Audiologist is a person who holds a minimum of a Masters degree in Audiology.

What is Digital Technology?

The term digital is used so often today, it can be confusing. When a hearing aid is termed digital, it generally means the hearing aid uses 100% digital processing. In other words, the hearing aid is indeed a complete computer.

Taking an Impression of the Ear

All custom made hearing aids and earmolds are made from a “cast” of the ear. The cast is referred to as an ear impression. The hearing aid specialist makes the ear impression in the office. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

Hearing Aid Battery Information

All batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries (and hearing aids) away from children and pets. If anyone swallows a battery it is a medical emergency and the individual needs to see a physician immediately.

How do I know if I have Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. Hearing challenges can begin to present themselves based upon your hearing health history, including exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (birth or prenatal) or hereditary factors, as well as a number of other causes.

Middle Ear Implants

Middle ear implants are surgically implanted devices. The FDA has approved specific middle ear implants and the FDA is still reviewing others. The middle ear implant is a useful hearing instrument and is quite different from traditional hearing aids.

Realistic Expectations for the Hearing Aid User

Hearing aids work very well when fit and adjusted appropriately. They are designed to make words and the conversations easier to understand in all situations, without making sounds appear to be too loud.

Medical Science Shows Insight into Noisy Eyeballs and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound which is reported by patients that is unrelated to an external source of stimulation. Tinnitus is a very common disorder.

Type and Degree of Hearing Loss

Results of the audiometric evaluation are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness is plotted from top to bottom. Frequency, from low to high, is plotted from left to right.

Types of Hearing Aids

There are many styles of hearing aids. The degree of the hearing loss, power and options required, manual dexterity abilities, cost factors, and cosmetic concerns are some of the factors that will determine the style the patient will use.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)

ALDs can increase the loudness of desired sounds, such as a radio, television, or a public speaker, without increasing the loudness of the background noises.

Candidates for ALDs

People with all degrees and types of hearing loss — even people with normal hearing can benefit from assistive listening devices.

Types of ALDs

There are many assistive listening devices available today, from sophisticated systems used in theaters and auditoriums to small personal systems.

The Prevalence of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the term for the perception of sound when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking.

Cause of Tinnitus

Tinnitus may originate from various lesions and from different sites. The auditory system involves highly complicated inner ear structures, many afferent and efferent nerve pathways and a great amount of nuclei that form a complex meshwork.

Tinnitus Treatment and Management

Generally, most patients will not need any medical treatment for their tinnitus. For patients who are greatly bothered by tinnitus, they may use some masking techniques such as listening to a fan or radio which would mask some of their tinnitus.

Cochlear Implants

Cochlear implants are a means of surgical amplification for patients with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. There is an internal and external device as part of the implant. Appropriately-identified adults and children with severe to profound hearing loss can be implanted starting as early as 12 months of age.

What is a Neurotologist?

Otologists or neurotologists are physicians who in addition to their ENT requirements continue their specialized training for an additional year or more in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ear.

Different Types of Ear Physician Specialists

Otolaryngologists (also called ear-nose-and-throat, or ENT, doctors) are physicians who have advanced training in disorders of the ear, nose, throat and head and neck.

What is an Otologist?

Otologists or neurotologists are physicians who in addition to their ENT requirements continue their specialized training for an additional year or more in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ear.

What is an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

Auditory Processing (also called Central Auditory Processing) refers to the means by which we make sense of what we hear. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a term for the variety of disorders that affect the way the brain processes information.

What is a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)?

Auditory Processing (also called Central Auditory Processing) refers to the means by which we make sense of what we hear. “Auditory Processing Disorders” refers to the abnormal interaction of hearing, neural transmission and the brain’s ability to make sense of sound.

Pre-instructions for Sedated ABR Testing

ABR testing evaluates hearing levels without the active participation of your child. It is necessary for your child to be asleep during this test.

Preparation for Balance Testing

This guide gives you an idea of what to expect on your test

A Discussion of Acoustic Neuroma

Acoustic tumors are fibrous growths originating from the auditory nerve and are usually not malignant. They do not spread to other parts of the brain, other than by direct extension.

Practical Suggestions for Persons with a Hearing Impairment

The ear is divided into three parts: an external ear, a middle ear and an inner ear. Each part performs an important function in the process of hearing.

A Discussion of Hearing Problems in Children

Five thousand children are born profoundly deaf each year in the United States alone. Another 10 to 15 percent of newborns have a partial hearing handicap.

A Discussion of Facial Nerve Problems

Spasm, weakness or paralysis of the face is a symptom of some disorder involving the facial nerve. It is not a disease in itself.

A Discussion of Eustachian Tube and Middle Ear Problems

The ear is comprised of three portions: an outer ear (external), a middle ear and inner ear. Each part performs an important function in the process of hearing.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound which is reported by patients that is unrelated to an external source of stimulation. Tinnitus is a very common disorder.

A Discussion of Dizziness

Dizziness is a symptom not a disease. It may be defined as a sensation of unsteadiness, imbalance, or disorientation in relation to an individual’s surroundings.

A Discussion of Chronic Ear Infections

Chronic ear infection is the result of an ear infection that has left a residual injury to the ear.

Who will I see about my Ear and Hearing Problems?

An audiologist is a person who has a masters or doctoral degree in audiology. Audiology is the science of hearing. In addition, the audiologist must be licensed or registered by their state (in 47 states) to practice audiology.

Hearing, Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids: Issues and Answers

Hearing loss occurs to most people as they age. Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (birth or prenatal) or hereditary factors, diseases, as well as a number of other causes.

Aural Rehabilitation: Some Personal and Professional Reflections

When Geoff Plant asked me to give this keynote presentation, he said to be sure that I included some of my personal experiences as a hard of hearing person.

Hearing Aids: Reasonable Expectations for the Consumer

Since you are considering the purchase of hearing aids, it’s important for you to establish reasonable expectations from these highly sophisticated, miniature devices.

The American Tinnitus Association: A Resource for Enhancing Tinnitus Patient Services

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) assists healthcare providers in serving patients who have, or are learning to cope with, tinnitus.

There IS something you can do about tinnitus!

Nearly 50 million people in the U.S.A. have tinnitus. Tinnitus may be described as a ringing, hissing or other noise heard in the ears or head

Tinnitus: It Has a Certain Ring to It

Fifty million Americans experience some form of tinnitus. Twelve million have sought professional intervention. Tinnitus is a significant and common problem across the USA.

What is a speech and language disorder?

Speech and language disorders refer to problems in communication and related areas such as oral motor function. These delays and disorders range from simple sound substitutions range from simple sound substitutions to…

Managing Chronic Tinnitus As Phantom Auditory Pain

Patients experiencing severe chronic tinnitus have many characteristics in common with chronic pain patients.

What is Early Intervention

Early intervention applies to children of school age or younger who are discovered to have or be at risk of developing a handicapping condition or other special need that may affect their development. Early intervention…

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A Speech-Language Pathologist is a specialist who:
Helps people develop their communication abilities and treats speech, language, and voice disorders.Provides services including prevention, identification, evaluation,...

Hearing Aid Compatibility - Cell Phones - Land Lines

Millions of people who wear hearing aids have a difficult time with the use of cell phones. The problem is the way that sound is emitted over a wireless network. The conversation is transmitted using radio waves…

A Discussion of Meniere's Disease

The inner ear is a delicate membraneous sense organ, which is encased in a bony shell. It is suspended within a latice-like bony framework, called the mastoid bone, which is located behind the outer ear.

Why Arent Hearing Conservation Practices Taught in Schools?

Hearing conservation should receive attention and resources similar to those allocated for anti-smoking, anti-drug, teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted disease education programs that are now presented routinely in public schools.

A Patient's Guide to Tinnitus

Tinnitus, often described as ringing, buzzing or hissing sounds in the ears, is a symptom that can be related to almost every known hearing problem. Tinnitus can be temporary (acute) or permanent (chronic).

Audioprosthologist - Hearing Instrument Specialist

The hearing instrument specialist is trained in the assessment of patients who specifically seek rehabilitation for hearing loss. In New Jersey, the State Board of Medical Examiners, Hearing Aid Dispensers Examining Committee, will grant a hearing aid dis

Do I Need Two Hearing Aids?

Basically, if you have two ears with hearing loss that could benefit from hearing aids, you need two hearing aids. It is important to realize there are no “normal” animals born with only one ear. Simply stated, you have two ears because you need two ears.

What is an ENT (ear-nose-and-throat doctor)?

Otolaryngologists (also called ear-nose-and-throat, or ENT, doctors) are physicians who have advanced training in disorders of the ear, nose, throat and head and neck.

What is Apraxia?

Apraxia is a disorder caused by damage to specific areas of the cerebrum, characterized by loss of the ability to execute or carry out learned purposeful despite ha…

What is the Eustachian Tube?

The Eustachian tube functions as a pressure equalizing valve of the ear. Under normal circumstances, the Eustachian tube opens for a fraction of a second when swallowing or yawning. This allows air into the middle ear to equalize pressure changes. Anything that interferes with the opening and closing of the Eustachian tube may result in a hearing loss or other ear symptoms.

What is Dizziness?

Dizziness may be defined as a sensation of unsteadiness, imbalance or disorientation in relation to an individual’s surroundings. The symptom of dizziness may vary greatly…

What are the Different Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is described by varying degrees, not percentages. Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe or profound and vary across pitches. It can be temporary or permanent. It is determined by a simple hearing test as the amount of volume loss you experience compared to an average of many other adult listeners with normal auditory systems.

What is a Hearing Instrument Specialist?

A hearing instrument specialist (HIS) is a professional trained specifically in the fitting of the hearing aids and assistive listening devices.

What is Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)?

An estimated 40 to 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus. It is unknown what exactly causes tinnitus. Tinnitus is usually described as a ringing in the ear or a variation of hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking. Some tinnitus is normal, but tinnitus may also indicate that there is damage to some of the hearing structures. Loud noise exposure is known to cause tinnitus, both temporarily and permanently. Some medications and diseases of the inner ear can also cause tinnitus. Additionally, advancing age has also been associated with tinnitus.

Hearing Loss in Children

Approximately 3 in 1,000 babies are born with permanent hearing loss, making hearing loss the most common birth defect in America. Children with hearing loss who begin intervention earlier, including using hearing aids and attending speech therapy, have significantly better developmental outcomes than other children with hearing loss who begin intervention later. There is no known medical or surgical treatment that will restore normal hearing in children with permanent hearing loss. Therefore, we rely on rehabilitation through the use of a hearing aid or cochlear implant and specialized listening therapy, or aural rehabilitation.

How Long Does a Hearing Aid Last?

Hearing aids, when taken care of properly, can last upwards of ten years or more. However, digital technology changes and improves quickly. Users of hearing aids may find that it is beneficial to upgrade their hearing aids every three to five years to take advantage of the improvements in technology.

What is an Ear Impression?

All custom-made hearing aids and earmolds are made from a “cast” of the ear. The cast is referred to as an ear impression. The hearing professional makes the ear impression in the office.

What Makes Hearing Aid Batteries Different?

Hearing aids are powered by small disc-like batteries. Most of the batteries are activated by air and will power a standard hearing aid for approximately one to two weeks.

Practical Suggestions for Friends and Relatives of Individuals with Hearing Impairment

There are a number of factors that can significantly influence the communicating ability of the hearing handicapped. An understanding of some of these factors will prepare you to communicate more effectively with such people.

Reasonable Expectations for the Person with Hearing Aids

It is important for you to establish reasonable expectations from your hearing aids. Acquiring hearing aids is not a simple act of going to a store and purchasing a product. It is a complex process and one that evolves over time. Your expectations should be based on you, your type and degree of hearing loss, your past experiences, and the improvements you personally receive from amplification.