At South Coast Hearing, our licensed audiologists provide a number of services to improve your hearing health. Below is an overview of our services.
At South Coast Hearing, our audiologists provide comprehensive hearing examinations to determine your hearing abilities. In addition, our evaluations include conversations about your personal medical history as well your hearing history. Following the conversations, our audiologists will perform a physical examination of your ear to identify if there is blockage or injury to any part of your ear, canals, and eardrums. If there are related medical conditions, such as tumor or head injury, we will recommend seeing a doctor.
After the physical examination, we will perform a series of hearing tests to assess your hearing abilities. The hearing tests will determine your hearing abilities, the cause of your hearing loss, the degree and configuration of your hearing loss (one or both ears) and will inform the best treatment options.
On-site hearing tests at South Coast include: pure-tone testing (to determine the faintest tones and frequencies you can hear); speech recognition; auditory brainstem response; otoacoustic emissions; and tests of the middle ear (tympanometry, acoustic reflex measures, and static acoustic measures).
Hearing tests are recorded in an audiogram, from which your audiologist will determine your hearing abilities. The audiogram will inform whether treatment is necessary. We will walk you through the results and the next steps to bettering your hearing health.
Tinnitus is a common condition that accompanies hearing loss. Approximately 90% of hearing loss cases includes tinnitus. Tinnitus is a ringing of the ear – or the phenomenon of experiencing sound where there is no external stimulus. Tinnitus may be temporary or chronic. Depending on the case, tinnitus may impede one’s daily activities and well-being, and it has been known to increase levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. It may interfere with workplace productivity and healthy sleep patterns.
Our audiologists at South Coast are trained to address tinnitus, and we can offer tinnitus treatment therapies. If your tinnitus is indicative of greater medical problems, we will identify and recommend solutions.
Aural rehabilitation identifies and diagnoses hearing loss while also providing different types of therapies to people who are hard of hearing and providing different amplification options to improve hearing. Aural rehabilitation consists of hearing aids, to amplify and assist the brain in the hearing process. It also includes services to acclimatize people to their hearing instruments, and cultivating new practices to living with hearing amplification, and improving conversations and interactions.
If you are experiencing hearing loss, audiologists at South Coast will work with you to ensure best practices for your hearing and overall well-being.
Approximately 2% to 10% of infants in the US do not pass their first hearing screening. Statistics show that in every 1,000 infants, between 1 to 6 experience congenital hearing loss with hearing impairment at birth. This form of hearing loss is identifiable through infant hearing testing and screening. At South Coast, we offer infant hearing testing. There are two main types of infant hearing tests: otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and auditory brainstem response (ABR). Both forms of tests are painless and your child will be comfortable throughout this process.
In the OAE test, a small earphone and microphone are placed into your infant’s ears. We will play sounds while measuring the response. If your infant has normal hearing, our apparatus will catch the echo that reflects back into the ear canal, measured by the microphone. If there is a hearing loss present, no echo will be recorded.
In the ABR test, electrodes will be placed around your infant’s head and ear area. Sounds will be played and the electrodes will record the brain’s response to sound. As hearing happens in the brain, the neural responses will identify if a hearing loss is present.
The OAE and ABR test may be taken together or separately. Commonly, if the infant does not pass the OAE test, the ABR test will be administered.
For people who work in industrial sectors, hearing loss has become a problem. Exposure to loud noise in the workplace, over many hours and years, may contribute to hearing loss. South Coast Hearing offers industrial hearing testing to maintain the best hearing health for workers in this sector. On-going hearing evaluations ensure that hearing health is preserved and monitored.
Mobile Hearing Services
A mobile hearing service brings better hearing health directly to your doorstep. Hearing loss affects people of all different ages, all walks of life. For those who may not be able to make their way to our offices, we’ll come to you with our mobile hearing service.
Mobile hearing services include comprehensive hearing tests to evaluate your hearing abilities, as well as a dispensary of the best hearing aids technology has to offer. Our licensed audiologists are equipped to provide clients with mobility issues the same quality of care as we would in our brick and mortar office.
Cochlear Implant Mapping and Service/Troubleshooting
Cochlear implants are electronic medical devices that replace the function of the damaged inner ear. Damage to the inner ear may lead to hearing loss. Cochlear implants – unlike hearing aids – provide sound signals to the brain. (Hearing aids provide amplification.) For people who use cochlear implants to treat their hearing loss, mapping is a process that determines the specifications to meet the personal hearing aids of the client. At South Coast, we provide cochlear implant mapping to ensure the best function of your cochlear implant.
Having problems on the phone?
South Coast Hearing Center is in partnership with Caption Call to provide amplified phones to patients with hearing loss for Free.
If you are having problems on the phone and would like more information about obtaining a Free amplified phone, please call the clinic at (541) 435-0850.
Service Members and Veterans
South Coast Hearing Center is proud to help military personnel. We have developed a partnership with various veteran service agencies to help the veterans obtain hearing services they need in a timely fashion. South Coast Hearing Center will provide the following services to veterans.
Hearing is a sense. Listening is a skill.
We at South Coast Hearing Center believe that better hearing is a process, and we are proud to now offer LACE™ training. Not only does Dr. Todd Landsberg fit hearing aids and other amplification devices, but we believe training your brain will help give proper meaning to all the new sounds you will be hearing.
LACE is an acronym for Listening And Communication Enhancement. Conceived by leading audiologists at the University of California at San Francisco, LACE is an interactive computer-based program that helps improve your listening, communication, and interaction skills. LACE has already helped thousands of people who live with some degree of hearing loss to increase their listening skills by up to 45%.
Although we hear with our ears, we listen and comprehend in our brain. Hearing aids can help a person detect softer sounds, but they don’t necessarily provide good listening skills. These abilities can be damaged both by hearing loss and by the natural aging process. Even people with normal hearing can be poor listeners. Good listening skills is one of the essential components in effective communication.
The good news is that the brain can be trained to use strategies that compensate for situations when your ears—even with hearing aids—may not be enough. Just as physical therapy can help rebuild physical strength and compensate for weakness or injury, LACE training can help you improve your listening skills to help you understand speech in difficult hearing environments, like restaurants, crowds, or groups of people.
Please contact our office for a demonstration of LACE to continue the journey to better communication. Whether you wear hearing aids, are just acquiring aids, or simply wish to improve your listening skills, LACE training will help you get the most out of the sounds of life.
South Coast Hearing Center understands the importance of recycling. Currently we have started a recycle hearing aids and hearing aids and battery program to keep Oregon green.
South Coast Hearing Center is offering rechargeable hearing aid batteries for patients.
$250 for the charger and batteries. Batteries last up to a year.
Recycle Hearing Aids- If you have old hearing aids or have aids from a friend,spouse or love one. We would be happy to recycle them. South Coast Hearing Center will give these aids to the local Lions Club, who will then distribute the aids to people that cannot afford hearing aids.
Recycle Battery Program- Hearing aid batteries contain metals that can harm the environment, along with zinc and mercuric oxide. That is why we created a Recycle Hearing Aid Battery Program. You can drop off the used hearing aid batteries to the office. If you donate a certain amount of batteries we will give you a pack of batteries, as our way of saying thank you.
If you have any questions about these programs your welcome to contact our office.