Hearing Services

The Appalachian State University Communication Disorders Clinic employs licensed, certified audiologists to provide a variety of services to both children and adults who are affected by hearing impairments. An audiologist is a trained professional who is dedicated to helping identify and treat hearing loss and related problems.

Audiology services provided include:

  • Hearing screenings
  • Complete hearing evaluations
  • Hearing aid selection and evaluation
  • Hearing aid sales, orientation, and repairs
  • Hearing aid consultations
  • Assistive listening device consultation
  • Industrial testing
  • Custom hearing protection fitting
  • Swim molds fitting
  • Auditory Brainstem Response

About Hearing Screenings

The Appalachian State University Communication Disorders Clinic is committed to the prevention of problems which may be caused by undetected hearing loss. The Clinic offers a variety of school screening programs designed to identify the "at risk" child. Hearing screening programs can be designed to meet the needs of a particular school.

At the present time our services are employed by the Ashe and Watauga County School Systems.

About the Complete Hearing Evaluation

Complete hearing evaluations are offered to children and adults to determine the nature and extent of hearing loss. A variety of assessment procedures may be used to determine hearing levels or ear function under various listening conditions. The results of these measures may be used for diagnostic purposes or to detemrine an individual's eligibility for hearing aids or other assistive listening devices.

The audiologist will take a full case history to obtain valuable background information and will then thoroughly evaluate your hearing using state-of-the-art testing techniques. The test results and recommendations will be explained to you at the end of the evaluation. A complete report of the results will be sent to you and to anyone that you feel should get a copy of the test. If the audiological evaluation indicates that you could benefit from a hearing aid, the audiologist will help you decide which hearing aid best suits you hearing loss and needs.

Do I have a hearing loss? (PDF - 7.09KB)

Hearing aid selection and evaluation

Based on the results of your hearing test, the audiologist will discuss your options regarding hearing aid amplification. Any questions or concerns will be answered at that time.

Should you decide to purchase a hearing aid from the Communication Disorders Clinic you should be aware of several facts:

  • An audiological evaluation must have been completed in the previous six months by a certified audiologist.
  • The charge for the hearing test is not included in the hearing aid package.
  • You must have medical clearance of the ears or a waiver before you can purchase a hearing aid from the Clinic.

Auditory processing is “what we do with what we hear.”

An auditory processing disorder can be defined as the inability to attend to, discriminate, recognize or comprehend information that is heard, even though the person has normal hearing acuity and normal intelligence. When a person is seen for an auditory processing evaluation, he or she is usually exhibiting behaviors suggesting difficulty understanding auditory information in the presence of normal hearing acuity.

For more information concerning auditory processing disorders, check the following links: