As part of our longstanding commitment to provide patients with the most innovative advancements in health care, ChristianaCare Rehabilitation Services offers comprehensive audiology services for adults and children.
Hearing loss can result from acoustic trauma, chronic ear infections, head injury, medications, and normal deterioration common to old age and many other causes. Our audiologists can help determine if your patients are experiencing hearing loss. And, when a hearing impairment is detected, we can provide a path forward through treatment or assistive devices, education and support.
More than 28 million Americans experience some level of hearing loss. The condition affects people of all ages and whatever its cause, it’s a frustrating problem that makes communication difficult. Our audiologists are skilled in assessing the degree and cause of hearing loss through today’s most advanced hearing test capabilities.
In this study, we’ll check the electrical nerve impulses that carry sound from the inner ear to the brain by placing electrodes on your ear lobes or behind each ear, as well as on your forehead. The clicking sounds you hear through earphones help our audiologists study interruptions in nerve impulses to your brain.
To help identify degree and cause of tinnitus, your audiologist will perform a complete hearing exam, that may also involve movement studies of your eyes, jaw, neck, arms and legs or imaging tests, such as CT or MRI scans, to help find underlying disorders causing that persistent sound in your ears.
Using varying amounts of air pressure in the ear canal, tympanometry helps audiologists assess how well your eardrum and middle ear are working. Sound waves transmitted to the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, measure the energy of the reflected sound and provide valuable clues to the cause and degree of hearing loss or tinnitus.
Do you have trouble following conversations? Does your family complain that your television is too loud? Do you find yourself pretending to hear just to avoid having to ask people to repeat themselves yet again? Our audiologists will assess your needs and develop a plan to help make it easier for you to communicate with others. Therapy and devices include:
Television listening systems, amplified telephones, alarm clocks and other alerting devices can all make communication easier for those who have difficulty hearing. Hearing assistance technology devices can be used alone, or to supplement a hearing aid. We’ll help you choose among the many options available.
That ringing, buzzing or hissing sound you hear in your ears when nothing near you is causing a sound is called tinnitus, and it can be extremely frustrating when you cannot turn off the sound. Our tinnitus experts will help you understand what causes this frustrating condition and find ways to retrain the way your auditory system processes sounds. Ours is one of a select number of programs qualified to help you break through the bothersome noise and find welcome relief so you can concentrate on the sounds you want to hear.
This test measures your eye movement to diagnose or rule out inner ear or the central nervous system problems. During this test, you sit in a computer-controlled chair that rotates and oscillates at various speeds. Slow speeds move in a full circle, and faster speeds move back and forth in a small arc. The testing room is dark, but a video camera and a microphone mounted at the top of the chair allows constant contact between you and your audiologist.
To schedule an appointment at any of these locations, please call 302-623-1500.