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Audiology & Hearing Aids

Our mission is to help all of our patients achieve healthy hearing. Our team of ENT doctors and audiologist work together to cover the whole spectrum of hearing disorders. If we identify a hearing loss, we will work with you to determine the best care for your ears.

Now offering curbside service for hearing aids. Call us at 858-755-9343 to schedule a quick-and-easy curbside pickup or drop-off for hearing aid repairs, clean and checks, or troubleshooting.

How the Ear Works

The pinna and ear canal (outer ear) funnel sound to the eardrum. The incoming sound waves create vibrations on the eardrum that amplifies and transfers the sound to the tiny bones (malleus, incus, and stapes) in the middle ear space. The Eustachian tube is also part of the middle ear and its primary function is to equalize the pressures. These vibrations are then transferred to the fluid-filled cochlea (part of the inner ear). Inside the cochlea, there are tiny hair cells that create nerve impulses based on the movement of the fluid, which are then sent to the brain to be interpreted. The vestibular system is also in the inner ear and plays an important part in balance and coordination.

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Comprehensive Hearing Tests

Hearing Aids

Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus refers to “ringing in the ears” when no other sound is present. Tinnitus can also sound like hissing, roaring, pulsing, whooshing, chirping, whistling, or clicking.

What causes tinnitus? Is it a common problem?

Around 10% to 15% of Americans suffer from tinnitus and around 16 million people seek medical attention for it. The prevalence of tinnitus is higher in older adults.

Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease. Common conditions that can cause tinnitus include: hearing loss, loud noise exposure, migraine headaches, head injury, medicines, anemia, hypertension, stress, cerumen, certain types of tumors, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and Meniere’s Disease.

How is tinnitus treated?

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The most effective treatment for tinnitus is treating the underlying condition, but for most patients the cause is unknown. In these cases, tinnitus can be managed with other methods.

Common methods for managing tinnitus include:

  • Improving your general wellness by:
    • Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco
    • Exercise
    • Social activity
    • Stress reduction
    • Get adequate rest and avoid fatigue
  • Hearing aids increase auditory stimuli and may divert attention from the perception of tinnitus
  • Sound therapies stimulate the brain and can help desensitize the body to the tinnitus

Recommended Tinnitus Apps:

  • myNoise
  • ReSound Tinnitus Relief
  • Oticon Tinnitus Sound
  • Widex ZEN Tinnitus
  • White Noise Lite
  • Tinnitus Therapy Lite
  • Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds
  • Sleep Bug: White Noise Soundscapes & Music Box

Implantable Hearing Solutions

Hearing Protection and Custom Earplugs

Common Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Questions

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