Hearing Care Services Charlotte, NC
Our expert staff at Manna Audiology provides hearing care services that are designed, at every step of the way, to improve your quality of life. Whether you are having trouble communicating due to hearing loss or struggling with a constant ringing in your ears, we offer a level of experience and quality care that is difficult to find these days.
We provide hearing tests that help us understand your real-life hearing needs. When appropriate, we recommend only the most up-to-date digital hearing aid technology and precisely fit it to your ears and your hearing needs, for exceptional comfort and sound quality. We offer services at our office location in Matthews, NC.
Hearing testing is painless, comfortable, and safe.
We simply ask you about your hearing, give your ear canals a quick visual check to make sure there are no obstructions, and then we move into the sound booth for a series of hearing tests to identify tones. We will also perform speech testing – you hear a word and repeat it as you hear it. We check to see how you hear speech alone and speech with background noise. The evaluation consists of several other tests, which allow us to determine how the middle ear is functioning. These tests will determine whether your hearing loss is best treated medically or with hearing aids.
Cerumen Management (Wax Removal)
Cerumen is also called ear wax. It actually has a purpose and is only a problem if it doesn’t migrate out of the ear properly. Sometimes the ear wax develops a sticky, hard consistency and builds up inside the ear canal. If it builds up enough it can sometimes block sound from getting to the ear drum – causing a temporary hearing loss, until the wax can be removed. That’s when we can help. We use three methods to remove the wax:
Hearing Aid Fitting and Programming
Determining What’s Best
We offer straightforward, honest advice to help you find the hearing solution that’s right for you. We will discuss the pros and cons of all the options that are suitable for your hearing loss, including the style of hearing aid, cost, and the technology level required to help to hear your best.
Using a simple, painless silicone mold of your ear canal, many of our hearing devices are shaped precisely to the contours of your ear canal for a comfortable fit and optimal sound quality.
Your new hearing aids will be custom programmed to match your unique hearing loss as recorded during your hearing test. Your customized program will allow you to acclimate at a gradual pace, giving your brain time to adjust to the sounds you’ve been missing.
Patients new to hearing aids, or who have had uncompensated hearing loss for a long period of time, typically need to “learn to listen again.” Our step-by-step program will help you walk through this process with great success.
Once your hearing aids are programmed for optimal hearing and verified through Real Ear Measures (also called “verifit”), then we see you every six months for preventative maintenance of your hearing instruments. Annually, we will retest your hearing and if your hearing has changed, we will reprogram the hearing aids accordingly. This way you can be assured your hearing aids will give you optimal performance for your hearing needs.
Tinnitus (or “ringing in the ears”) can reach distressing levels that may interfere not only with your hearing, but also your peace of mind. We offer proven tinnitus therapies that begin with diagnostic and self-assessment tests to determine both the cause of the tinnitus and its psychological impact. Diagnostic tests determine if the cause of the tinnitus is related to middle-ear or inner-ear problems, as well as possible auditory nerve abnormalities. These tests also help determine the tone or pitch of the tinnitus and its volume to help us arrive at the best management option. These options may include a review of medications you’re currently taking, sound-masking devices, hearing aids, or Tinnitus Retraining therapy (TRT) — there are even dietary changes that may help alleviate your symptoms.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
A person with severe hearing loss may need more help than hearing aids can give in some situations. For example, hearing the alarm clock, smoke alarm, or security alarm while sleeping. We have a number of assistive listening devices, where you can quickly and easily assess their potential benefit to you. Because this technology is evolving so quickly, we always have access to the latest information and can special-order any ALD.
Custom Hearing Protection
- Custom fitted ear protection
- Custom electronic ear plugs
- Snore plugs
- Swim plugs
In-Ear Monitor Impressions