Hearing Health

How Do We Hear?

  1. The sound waves are collected by the outer ear (pinna) and travel down the ear canal to the eardrum.
  2. The sound waves cause the eardrum to vibrate and this sets the three tiny bones (ossiscles) in the middle ear into motion.
  3. The motion of those three bones causes the fluid in the inner ear’s hearing organ (cochlea) to move.
  4. The fluid movement causes the hair cells in the cochlea to move and this is converted into electrical impulses.
  5. These electrical impulses are transmitted to the hearing nerve and up to the brain where they are interpreted as sound.

About Hearing Loss

It is a common misconception that people only develop hearing loss as a result of getting older. There are many factors that can contribute to hearing loss at any age. Hearing loss is more than a decrease in a person’s ability to detect sound and may result in:

  • Difficulty understanding words or following conversations, especially over the phone or in group settings
  • Turning the volume of the television or radio to levels that make others uncomfortable
  • Withdrawal from conversations or avoidance of social gatherings
  • Tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, roaring, or hissing in the ears)
  • Sensitivity to certain sounds
  • Fullness or pain in the ears
  • Dizziness

Ask Yourself These Questions

  • Do you have difficulty understanding soft voices, especially those of women and children?
  • Do you often say “What?” to others or ask them to repeat themselves?
  • Do others mention to you that the volume of your television or radio is loud?
  • Do you have trouble understanding what others are saying in noisy environments such as at a social gathering or in restaurants?

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, consider contacting your Primary Care Provider to see if a referral for a hearing evaluation with an Audiologist is needed.

If you have experienced a sudden change in hearing or onset of ear pressure, ear pain, ear drainage, dizziness, or ringing in the ears, please contact your primary care provider as soon as possible.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Hearing loss is the third most common health condition in the U.S., only behind arthritis and heart disease.
  • Tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, roaring, or hissing in the ears) is a common problem that affects 1 in 5 individuals – about 45 million adults aged 50 and over.
  • Hearing loss may be mistaken for confusion or memory issues.
  • Hearing loss may be an early warning sign for other health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  • Untreated hearing loss has been liked to cognitive decline, social isolation, anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
  • People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.
  • 9 in 10 hearing device users report improvements in their quality of life.

Our Services

Diagnostic evaluations may include:

  • Otoscopy
  • Puretone Air and Bone Conduction, including capability for High Frequency Audiometry
  • Speech Reception Threshold and Word Recognition Score
  • Immitance: Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflexes
  • Otoacoustic Emissions
  • Auditory Brainstem Response

We also provide:

  • Complete Hearing Healthcare Program
    • Aural rehabilitation counseling and strategies
    • Hearing aid evaluation and selection of the latest in digital hearing aid technologies from a variety of manufacturers
    • Earmold impressions to create custom earmolds
    • Regularly scheduled hearing aid check appointments
    • Full service hearing aid maintenance and repair for most makes and models
    • Hearing aid batteries and supplies
    • Bone anchored implant (BAI) processor servicing
  • Cerumen (ear wax) management and removal
  • Earmold impressions to create custom plugs for water use and hearing protection
  • Newborn hearing screenings

LOCATIONS

Galion Hospital

269 Portland Way S.
Galion, OH 44820

Phone: 419-468-0547
Fax: 419-462-5829

Ontario ENT Services

715 Richland Mall, Suite D
Ontario, OH 44906

Phone: 419-775-1091, Option 3
Fax: 419-775-1093

AUDIOLOGISTS

Avita employs full-time Doctors of Audiology who perform comprehensive hearing evaluations and have a broad knowledge of hearing conditions, hearing aids, and assistive listening devices.  Avita Audiology works in partnership with otolaryngologists (ENTs) who specialize in the medical and surgical management of ear, nose, and throat disorders. 

Ann Cola-Schuh, Au.D, FAAA, CCC-A
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Licensed in the State of Ohio
  • Membership and Certification through American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology
Kim Obringer, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Licensed in the State of Ohio
  • Membership and Certification through American Speech- Language Hearing Association
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology
Emily Pickett, Au.D., CCC-A
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Licensed in the State of Ohio
  • Membership and Certification through American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Contact one of the following locations to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists:

Galion Hospital

419-468-0547

Ontario Hospital

419-775-1091, Option 3