Complete hearing testing for all ages are provided by Dr. Mills in both offices. Evaluations include measures of hearing sensitivity for Air and Bone conducted sounds and measures of Speech Discrimination ability in quiet and real-world background noise. When necessary we also provide further evaluation of the middle ear function (impedance audiometry) and special auditory testing to determine the location of dysfunction or disease.
Often, families and spouses need to be included to obtain the optimum results for the person using the hearing aid.
Since 85% of people with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids, we use all proven technologies to help you regain your ease of communication. There are many brands of hearing aids and lots of choices of channels, microphones, size, etc, etc. Dr. Mills will help you navigate all of these choices to find the best solution for your individual needs. Click here to find more information about Hearing Aids.
From your audiogram (hearing test) Dr. Mills can prescribe, recommend, and dispense a variety of hearing aids from many manufacturers. We select leaders in hearing aid innovation.
We can also service and repair most makes and models of hearing instruments.
If your evaluation and prescription shows that hearing aids may be helpful we are in a unique position to help you improve your hearing clarity.
Since we are completely independent we can use technology from many leaders in hearing aid innovation: ReSound, Unitron Hearing, Phonak, Oticon, Starkey, Widex, Siemens, and Sonic Innovations. Even better, since we only use well established manufacturers, any of our hearing aids can be adjusted by other audiologists if you move away.
On all new hearing aids, we provide an uncommonly long 6-10 week trial period. During these initial weeks we make all necessary adjustments and perform verification tests to properly set your hearing level. If your hearing aids are not meeting your needs we can change them for another type or manufacturer and your trial period starts over. Or, you may elect to stop the trial and simply return your hearing aids for refund.
We offer a 3-year comprehensive warranty on most of our hearing aids. This provides coverage for damage or repair during your first three years. If your hearing aid is sent for repair we can often provide a loaner instrument for use during that time. Emergency/same day appointments are typically available.
We take time to understand you and your hearing experience so that our recommendations are appropriate for your lifestyle.
Musicians have unique needs to protect their hearing from excessive volume. Regular noise protectors offer too much sound reduction, particularly in the low frequencies. This can affect how they hear tonal balance and perceive other singers and musicians. There are many specialty products available to overcome these limitations; custom in-the-ear monitors, custom high fidelity earplugs with acoustic filters, and generic flat frequency response earplugs.
As a musician Dr. Mills is very aware of these products and how they can used to offer the best fidelity and greatest hearing protection.
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Our ears are frequently subjected to loud noise from our noisy lives; hobbies like hunting, shooting, and racing; enjoyments like music, performance, and woodworking; homeowner chores like chainsawing, home repair, and even vacuuming. These sounds often exceed safe levels and can even create permanent hearing loss with single exposures. More commonly damage occurs with repeated exposures over a period of time.
A wide variety of hearing protection available for specific purposes. Active custom electronic hearing protectors are used for hunting, racing, and musicians. Passive custom earplugs with filters are appropriate for more common exposures where speech still needs to be understood despite the noise; target shooting, industrial protection, even some music applications. Passive custom earplugs without filters are the most basic protectors that provide the greatest protection against all offending sounds. Typically ear impressions are required for most personal hearing protective devices.
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Dr. Mills is experienced with most forms of personal hearing protection and can provide direction on what is most appropriate for your particular need.
Affordable devices to hear more clearly on the telephone, the television, and other places where you have particular trouble hearing.