HEAD & NECK
311 Lexington Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07502
Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a healthcare professional who has earned a masters and/or doctoral degree in audiology. Audiology is essentially the science of hearing, as it applies to humans. The audiologist must be licensed as an audiologist to practice audiology. In the profession of audiology, the master's degree was the accepted "clinical" degree for almost 50 years. However, the profession has undergone a transition (as of the mid-1990s) and the doctorate will soon be the entry-level requirement to practice audiology. The Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) is the designation of the professional doctorate in audiology and is issued exclusively by regionally accredited universities and colleges. There are other doctoral degrees that have been earned and utilized by audiologists to date, such as the Ph.D. (still highly sought by researchers and academicians), the Sc.D. and the Ed.D.
Audiologists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics, universities, rehabilitation facilities, cochlear implant centers, speech and hearing centers, private audiology practices, hearing aid dispensing offices, hearing aid manufacturing facilities, medical centers, as well as otolaryngology (ENT physician) offices.
Although the vast majority of hearing problems do not require medical or surgical intervention, and in fact, some 90 to 95 percent of all cases of hearing loss can be improved with hearing aids, audiologists are clinically, academically and professionally trained to determine which hearing losses do need medical referral. As a licensed healthcare provider, the audiologist appropriately refers patients to physicians when the history, physical presentation, or the results of the audiometric evaluation (AE) indicate the possibility of a medical or surgical problem. Many audiologists also dispense (sell and service) hearing aids and related assistive listening devices for the telephone, TV and special listening situations
What We Do Here
In Dr. LaBagnara's office, hearing evaluations are performed, which help the physicians in diagnosing problems relating to hearing, balance disorders, dizziness and tinnitus (noises in the ears) and other concerns relating to the auditory system.
If appropriate, we may schedule a hearing aid evaluation. At this time, the patient (and family if possible) meet with our audiologist to discuss the benefits of amplification, as well as the limitations of hearing aids, appropriate expectations, costs, styles etc. She may perform more tests in the audiometric booth, and may demonstrate actual hearing aids in the patient's ears. There is always a discussion of communication 'etiquette' in which suggestions are given for the whole family to ease the strain of communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired. We may recommend other assistive devices (amplified telephone, FM unit, TV amplifier etc.) instead of or in addition to hearing instruments. These devices are also available through our office.
We provide hearing instruments from these excellent laboratories:
Argosy-Audina-AVR Sonovation-Danavox-Maico-Bernafon-Interton-Microtech-Omni-Oticon-Phonak-Qualitone-ReSound-Siemens-Sonic Innovations-Starkey-Unitron-Widex and others.
Here are links to some of the laboratories, which have impressed us with their innovative state-of-the-art, fully digital hearing instruments as well as their excellent analog instruments
The following link will take you to Westone, a lab which provides assistive devices like musicians and hunters ear protectors, amplified telephones, television amplifiers, hearing aid accessories, swim plugs, headsets and much more.