Our Audiology Services

Audiology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of your hearing health. Our practice is committed to giving you the information, testing and recommendations you deserve to live a fuller life through better hearing. Our certified audiologists are trained in the latest technologies, and specialize in creating custom hearing solutions based on your specific needs and lifestyle.

Hearing Aids

Lifestyle Comparison

Find the hearing aid style that matches your individual lifestyle.

We believe in providing the right hearing solution for you. Your lifestyle and budget are factors in providing the best solution. Hendricks ENT offers a full line of digital hearing aids to serve your specific needs. Whether you are interested in reliable, easy-to-wear solutions at an affordable price or in need of top-of-the-line hearing support, you can trust us for all your hearing needs.

Active Lifestyle: AGX9

Premium hearing aids are designed for individuals who lead active lifestyles and whose listening environments include frequent background noise.

  • A variety of video and audio entertainment
  • Diverse restaurant dining
  • Sporting events
  • Outdoor activities
  • Demanding careers
  • Group participation
  • Family gatherings
  • Church activities

Active lifestyles often feature a variety of video and audio entertainment, frequent restaurant dining, sporting events, outdoor activities, demanding workplace listening environments, group participation, family gatherings, shopping in crowded venues and church activities.

By combining patented features that you won’t find anywhere else, our premium-level technology overcomes many of the limitations faced by more conventional hearing aids and creates a more natural sound experience.

Noise Reduction
Noise is unavoidable, but it shouldn’t be overwhelming. The premium hearing aid’s noise-reduction technology reduces distracting background noise that makes it difficult to communicate using less advanced hearing aids.

Multilayered Directionality
Taking hearing in noise to a new dimension, the premium hearing aids combine the best ideas in directionality to help you recognize where important sound is coming from and to help you focus on that sound without the distraction of ambient noise. Directionality is especially helpful when trying to understand speech, because it can emphasize the sounds originating in front of you (usually the speaker) while de-emphasizing those originating from the side or behind you (background noise).

Reaction Technology
Your premium hearing system will monitor your listening environments continuously, detect and analyze changes and adapt to new conditions within milliseconds. All this helps to ensure that you don’t miss any important communication.

A Natural-Sounding Voice
People wearing hearing technology frequently comment that their voice sounds unnatural—as though they are “talking in a barrel.” This experience is normal when using hearing aids; however, it shouldn’t be distracting while trying to communicate. Premium hearing aids offer several unique tools, including voice management, low-frequency adjustments and open vents to create a more natural sound experience.

Feedback Cancellation
Feedback cancellation ensures proper amplification of the sounds you want to hear without the annoyance of a whistle or squeal, which can distract you and those around you.

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Casual Lifestyle: AGX7

Advanced technology was designed for individuals who lead casual lifestyles and whose listening environments contain occasional background noise.

  • Family gatherings
  • Driving
  • Weekly church services
  • Regular conversation
  • Frequent television
  • Quiet restaurant dining
  • Small meetings

Casual lifestyles typically include activities such as regular group conversation, frequent television, quiet restaurant dining, small meetings, family gatherings, driving, shopping trips, movies and weekly church services.

More Natural Sound Quality
Advanced technology is based on an advanced understanding of how human hearing works. It features digital technology that processes and amplifies sounds in independent channels. By processing sound this way, the advanced hearing aids can be better customized to the specifics of your hearing loss. Our professionals will program each of these channels individually to help maximize your listening experience. Think of it as offering the precision and accuracy of a graphic sound equalizer, rather than a limited volume, treble or bass control.

Noise Reduction
Advanced hearing aid’s noise-reduction technology reduces distracting background sounds, both quiet and loud, that make it so difficult to communicate using less advanced hearing systems. Noise-reduction technology helps to limit the amount of noise you hear, so that important sounds (such as speech) are not overpowered.

Automatic Directionality
The advanced technology employed in automatic directionality allows you to concentrate on the sounds that are in front of you while turning down the sounds from the sides and back, which make it difficult to communicate.

Reaction Technology
Reaction technology is the basis of the advanced hearing aid’s outstanding performance and flexibility. Your hearing system will monitor your listening environments continuously, detect and analyze changes and adapt to new conditions within milliseconds. All this helps to ensure that you don’t miss any important communication.

Feedback Cancellation
Feedback cancellation ensures proper amplification of the sounds you want to hear without the annoyance of a whistle or squeal, which can distract you and those around you.

Contact us today to make an appointment.

(317) 745-3758

Quiet Lifestyle: AGX5

Standard hearing aid technology was designed for individuals who lead quiet lifestyles and whose listening environments include limited background noise.

  • Regular visitors
  • Limited music
  • Some television
  • Quiet shopping trips
  • Limited religious services

Quiet lifestyles often feature activities including: one-on-one conversations, some television and radio, quiet shopping trips and weekly church services.

More Natural Sound Quality
Standard hearing aids are based on an advanced understanding of how the human ear works. Sounds are processed and amplified in precise increments called channels. By processing sound in independent channels, standard hearing aids are able to better accommodate the specifics of your hearing loss. Our professionals will program each of these channels to help maximize your listening experience. Think of it as offering the precision and accuracy of a graphic sound equalizer, rather than a limited volume, treble or bass control.

Noise Reduction
Standard hearing aids offer our proven personalized noise-reduction technology. This feature enables us to customize your hearing aid technology to search for the differences between background noises and speech-like sounds. It then reduces the level of some background noises to enhance your understanding of speech in noise.

Conventional Directionality
Standard hearing aid systems employ conventional directionality that combines switchable directional microphone technology with our patented personalized noise reduction. When combined, these two features offer an optimized hearing-in-noise experience by emphasizing sounds that are in front of you and de-emphasizing ambient noise originating from all other directions.

Reaction Technology
Reaction technology is the basis for standard hearing aid′s outstanding performance and flexibility. Your hearing system will monitor your listening environments continuously, detect and analyze changes and adapt to new conditions within milliseconds. All this helps to ensure that you don’t miss any important communication.

Feedback Cancellation
Feedback cancellation ensures proper amplification of the sounds you want to hear without the annoyance of a whistle or squeal, which can distract you and those around you.

Contact us today to make an appointment.

(317) 745-3758

Active Lifestyle: AGX9

Essential hearing aid technology is designed for individuals who lead very quiet lifestyles and whose listening environments rarely include background noise.

  • Activities in and around the home
  • Infrequent television
  • Small religious services

Very quiet lifestyles most often feature activities in and around the home, such as limited television, radio or recorded books and small church services.

The Advantages of Essential Digital Hearing Systems
Digital sound processing is at the heart of all essential hearing systems. Sophisticated computer algorithms allow our professionals to customize your system to suit your day-to-day listening preferences. This unique marriage of flexible digital technology and professional skill is what translates into a better quality of life for you. Our professionals take great pride in their ability to make the most of essential systems’ advanced features and maximize your listening experience.

More Natural Sound Quality
Essential technology is based on an advanced understanding of how the human ear works. By processing sound in independent channels, the essential hearing aid is able to better approximate the workings of the inner ear. Your audiologist can program each of these channels to help maximize your listening experience.

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Hearing Aid Styles

From larger devices that are easier to handle, to tiny, invisible, or nearly invisible devices that are concealed within the ear canal, Hendricks ENT has options sure to meet your hearing or cosmetic needs.

Today’s hearing aids come in a variety of shapes and styles — and are now more comfortable and easy to use than ever before. Most all of our hearing aids are available in the full range of fitting styles you’ll see below.

All hearing aids consist of three basic components: a microphone, an amplifier and a speaker (also called the “receiver”). Where these are placed on the device varies by style, as does the internal circuitry that determines the sound quality and critical sound-processing features—like background noise reduction.

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC)

For mild to moderately severe hearing loss

  • Completely invisible in most ears
  • Custom-made for you
  • Smallest, least visible type of hearing device

For more information contact our audiologist

(317) 745-3758

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)
Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)

For mild to moderately severe hearing loss

  • May leave the ear open depending on the hearing loss
  • Reduced or no “plugged up” feeling
  • Sleek design barely visible when worn

For more information contact our audiologist

(317) 745-3758

Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

Appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss

  • Custom earpiece is molded to fit your outer ear
  • Discreet design

For more information contact our audiologist

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Completely In-the-Canal (CIC)

For people with mild to severe hearing loss

  • Molded to fit deeply within the ear canal
  • Placement within the ear cuts down on wind noise

For more information contact our audiologist

(317) 745-3758

In-the-Canal (ITC)

For people with mild to severe hearing loss

  • Fits in the ear canal
  • Barely visible
  • Smallest size available with directional technology to hear better in noise

For more information contact our audiologist

(317) 745-3758

Half Shell In-The-Ear (ITE)
Half Shell In-The-Ear (ITE)

For people with mild to severe hearing loss

  • Fits directly into external ear
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease

For more information contact our audiologist

(317) 745-3758

Full Shell In-The-Ear (ITE)

For people with mild to severe hearing loss

  • Fits directly into external ear
  • Inserted and adjusted with ease

For more information contact our audiologist

(317) 745-3758

Hearing Care

Hearing Care Services

The Effects of Hearing Loss can be minimized if:

  • Your problem is correctly diagnosed
  • You receive the right type of treatment
  • You and your hearing care team are committed to solving the problem

Step One: The Interview

Purpose: To help your audiologist determine the extent of your problem and uncover any specific areas that may require further attention.

Some Typical Questions:

  • Has anyone else in your family had hearing difficulty?
  • Have you had any illnesses or injuries that might have affected your hearing?
  • Have you taken any medications that might have affected your hearing?
  • Have you been exposed to loud noises in your job or leisure activities?

Step Two: The Examination

Purpose: To help your audiologist determine whether the symptoms you are experiencing could be caused by an obstruction or damage to the ear canal or ear drum. Your audiologist will use a special instrument called an otoscope to inspect the outer ear.

Step Three: The Testing

Purpose: To help your audiologist determine the nature of your hearing loss. Your audiologist may include tests like the following depending on his or her assessment of your needs:

  • Audiometric pure tone evaluation to measure your hearing at different frequencies.
  • Speech evaluation to measure how well you hear and understand ordinary conversation at different volumes.
  • Immittance middle ear evaluation to measure how your ear drum and hearing react to varying degrees of air pressure.
  • If you are suffering from a hearing loss, your results will be documented on an audiogram.

Step Four: Treatment Options

Hearing Aids
Hearing aids come in a variety of designs and with a wide range of functions and features to address an individual’s specific needs. The most basic components include a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver and (in the case of digital hearing aids) a small computer. The unprecedented effectiveness of modern digital systems comes from a powerful combination of professional expertise, software and hardware.

Surgery & Implants
Devices can be surgically inserted into the ear to improve hearing, facilitate lip-reading and make it easier to distinguish certain sounds. These are typically most helpful to deaf or profoundly hearing impaired people who cannot use hearing aids. Hendricks ENT does not offer surgically implanted options as treatment, however, further care could be referred to local, trusted colleagues.

A few examples of surgical implants:

  • Cochlear Implants
  • Middle Ear Implants
  • Bone-Anchored Hearing Systems
  • Auditory Brainstem Implants

Contact us today to make an appointment.

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What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears that can only be heard by the affected individual. It has also been described as whistling, hissing, buzzing or pulsing in the ear. These sounds may come and go, but for most tinnitus sufferers, the symptoms produce a constant, maddening drone. The effects range from slight annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.

Tinnitus Treatments

Due to the personal and unique nature of each tinnitus condition, proper evaluation and specialized treatment is necessary. Although there isn’t a single cure for tinnitus, the Hendricks ENT’s audiologist is experienced at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis. After completing a hearing test, your professional may refer you to an otolaryngologist for further examination, if medical treatment is necessary.

In many cases, the distressing combination of tinnitus and hearing loss can be relieved with hearing aids. Specially engineered hearing aids are now available, and they can restore ambient sounds and help to eliminate the effects of tinnitus.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of tinnitus, please call us to schedule a consultation.

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Hearing loss in children not only impacts the sound experience of a life yet to be lived to the fullest, but it also creates a barrier to a child’s number-one job: learning. Fortunately, many causes of hearing loss are treatable, and it is often possible to return the sounds of childhood to a young life. At Hendricks ENT, we treat patients of all ages, and we take particular pleasure in helping children with hearing loss, who have so much ahead of them to hear and learn.

Categories of Hearing Loss That Affect Children

Unlike adults, hearing loss in children is most commonly conductive hearing loss, rather than sensorineural hearing loss. As with adults, hearing loss in children is measured in degrees: It can range from mild (one that causes difficulty hearing hushed tones such as a whisper) to moderate (where the child can still hear loud speech) to a complete loss of hearing.

Conductive Hearing Loss

The most common type of hearing loss in children is a conductive hearing loss associated with conditions in the external or middle ear that block the transmission of sound. In children these conditions are most typically otitis media, impacted cerumen, a perforated eardrum or birth defects that alter the structure of the external auditory canal and/or middle-ear system. Most conductive hearing losses are medically treatable through antibiotics and/or surgery.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural loss is the second most common type of hearing loss, resulting from damage to the cochlea (inner ear) and the auditory nerve. Sensorineural hearing loss in children is often congenital. Other causes of sensorineural hearing loss include ototoxic medications, premature birth and illnesses. Sensorineural hearing loss is not medically treatable; however, in most cases, children can be helped with hearing aids or cochlear implants.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss in Children

Signs of possible hearing loss in children range from not startling at loud sounds to speech delay to academic difficulties, depending on the age of the child.

Newborn/Infant

  • Not startling at loud noises
  • Unable to localize sound
  • Not showing normal speech development

Toddler and Older

  • Speech and language delays
  • Academic difficulties/delays
  • Needing louder than “normal” volume to hear television
  • Needing multiple verbal repetitions
  • Stating that he/she is having difficulty hearing

If you believe your child has a hearing loss, please come to our office in Danville, IN to meet with one of our ENT professionals. Timely hearing testing, diagnosis and treatment will provide the best course of action, ensuring the highest-quality lifetime experiences for your child.

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Our equilibrium is a complex interaction that requires solid communication between our ears, eyes and sense of touch as perceived by our feet, muscles and joints. In order to maintain our center of gravity, our central nervous system must receive all three of these signals and then correctly transmit them to the cerebellum.

When signals from our senses fail to reach the cerebellum, or reach it with the wrong message, we experience that miscommunication as a loss of balance, a dizzy spell, or—if we’re exceptionally unlucky—a stumble or fall.

A balance disorder can sometimes be a symptom of other medical conditions. Proper medical attention, including a thorough medical history and assessment of the balance system is important to identify the cause and ensure proper treatment options.

Dizziness can be caused by:

Balance Assessment

If you experience balance problems or dizziness, we will complete a thorough evaluation.

Balance Treatments

If your assessment shows that you do have a balance problem, your doctor may recommend one of several treatments or balance therapies to help you get back on your feet.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

“Vestibular rehabilitation” is the medical term for balance retraining. It is performed by a physical therapist and each retraining program is tailored specifically to a patient’s balance needs.

Canalith Repositioning

Many cases of vertigo can be resolved with a simple in-office positioning procedure. A Canalith Repositioning Maneuver is treatment that takes the patient through a series of head and body positions designed to put loosened otoconia debris (crystals) back onto the balance organ.

Diet and Lifestyle Changes

Caffeine, salt, alcohol, nicotine and dehydration can all have a considerable impact on your sense of balance. When you visit us at Hendricks ENT, we will conduct a full review of your prescription medications, diet and daily habits to determine whether your balance issues can be controlled at home.

If you or a loved one is experiencing dizziness or balance problems, please call our convenient Danville, IN location to set up an appointment. We look forward to serving you.

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Hearing Care Resources

Hearing is our most critical sense when it comes to our ability to communicate, and even small degrees of hearing loss can have profound effects on how we interact and connect with others. Being separated from that ability not only has consequences for our social lives—it can have physical effects, as well, that can detract significantly from overall health.

Social Effects of Hearing Loss

Those suffering from hearing loss often begin to notice their difficulty in the following circumstances:

  • Hearing conversations in large groups
  • Participating in conversation in restaurants or other settings with background noise
  • Hearing on the telephone
  • Understanding women’s and children’s voices

Party settings and even small family gatherings can strain hearing to the point where the additional mental effort required to decode what seems like broken speech can become tiresome. Eventually such social situations can become so difficult that those experiencing hearing loss may begin to withdraw from them altogether. Individuals instead begin to prefer less demanding, quieter settings—often away from the precious social contact that enriches our lives and draws us closer to the ones we love.

The stress of living with hearing loss, too, can have its own consequences:

  • Distrust of others
  • Anger at not feeling understood
  • Feeling socially marginalized

Reluctance to seek treatment or to wear hearing aids can cause additional stress when individuals—often unconsciously—wish to conceal their hearing loss, and potentially miss out on important communications. Compromised hearing in the workplace, for instance, can have significant effects on job performance and even earning potential.

Physical Effects of Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss over extended periods of time can have damaging physical effects, as well, when the auditory system goes unused. Auditory deprivation, as audiologists refer to it, leaves nerves and portions of the brain underused, and—like other parts of the body—if the auditory system goes unused, it can begin to atrophy. Without fail, in our experience, the longer a patient waits to address their hearing loss, the more difficult it is to recover one’s ability to communicate.

Increasing Evidence Connects Hearing Loss to Dementia

Additionally, increasing evidence points to a connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline in older adults. According to a study published in January 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine, adults in their 70s and 80s with hearing loss developed cognitive problems at a rate 30 to 40 percent faster than those without hearing loss. While the reason for this apparent connect remains unknown, researchers have speculated that social isolation might be a factor. The additional mental demands of having to constantly decode speech might also be a contributing factor to the types of cognitive changes that, over time, can lead to the onset of dementia.

Since most hearing loss develops gradually over time, it can be difficult to know how well you are hearing now compared with how well you used to hear. Only an accurate hearing test can reveal if you are having difficulty with specific sounds, and if so, how you might be able to hear better.

Contact us today to make an appointment.

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Better hearing requires more than simply hearing aids

Better communication strategies can smooth the period of adjustment required when individuals start wearing hearing aids, and can help reassure both the person with hearing loss and their family members or loved ones that they’re being understood clearly.

If you suspect or know that the person you are speaking with has a hearing loss, please consider the following tips to enhance communication:

  • Sit or stand within 3 to 6 feet to maximize audibility
  • Remain at eye level to foster visual cues
  • Gain the person’s attention before speaking
  • Use facial expressions and gestures to give clues to the meaning of your message
  • Raise your voice but do not shout, because loud speech may sound distorted
  • Speak slowly and distinctly
  • Use short, simple sentences
  • Rephrase your words if the person does not appear to understand or responds inappropriately
  • Avoid speaking directly into the person’s ear, because it can distort your message and hide all visual cues

If you or someone you care about remains uncertain if they are experiencing a treatable level of hearing loss, contact us to schedule a complete hearing consultation.

(317) 745-3758