Hearing Aid Services
About Our Program
- Licensed audiologists provide diagnostic hearing evaluations, identify when a medical evaluation is necessary, and recommend appropriate amplification, based on your individual needs.
- Ear, nose, and throat specialists are available for examinations, consultations, and to provide medical clearance for hearing aid fitting.
- A wide variety of quality hearing aid manufacturers are utilized, with attention to the latest research and performance studies for the style of hearing aid best suited for each individual's hearing loss.
- Detailed information about all amplification options is provided to improve quality of life through better hearing.
- Hearing aid fittings include periodic adjustments or programming, verification testing, and hands-on support to ensure maximum benefit from amplification.
- All hearing aids have a 30-day trial period and come with full warranty coverage.
- Repair services include minor in-office and send out manufacturer-based options.
- We also offer custom fit noise protection, waterproof ear molds, IPOD ear molds, amplified telephones, and can order a wide variety of other assistive listening devices. Learn more >
Treatment for Hearing Loss
The most common treatment for hearing loss is amplification with hearing aids. Today's digital hearing aids are smaller, provide more specific amplification to clarify speech, and contain technology to alleviate problems faced in difficult listening situations. Anyone, who has a mild hearing loss or greater, can benefit from a hearing aid. For those with hearing loss in both ears, two hearing aids are usually recommended. Benefits include the ability to localize sounds, distinguish one sound from another, understand speech in noisy environments, as well as shortening the time it takes to adjust to using hearing aids.
When individuals put off seeking help for hearing loss, communication and quality of life deteriorates. Over time, the inner ear, hearing nerve, and auditory processing regions of the brain slowly lose the ability to interpret certain frequencies of sounds that have been missed for so long. Once amplification is appropriately fit, the auditory system is once again fully stimulated, and one can learn to identify and interpret the sounds that have been missing. However, the longer one waits to do something about hearing loss, the more difficult it is to recover the listening skills needed for effortless understanding of conversations and immediate interpretation of all sounds in the environment.
Typical Signs of Hearing Loss
- Difficulty understanding people when you're in a noisy place, when you can't see the speaker's face, or when you are more than a few feet from the sound source.
- Frequently asking others to repeat, speak louder, or acting as if you understood when you actually have not heard the whole message.
- Communication breakdowns may occur because you cannot catch all of what was said or misinterpret spoken information.
- Using a louder voice in order to hear what you say. This is often noticed by family members or friends first, but eventually may cause you to strain your vocal cords from the increased effort you have to make in order to monitor your own voice.
- Having to turn up the volume on the television, radio, or telephone. Others may notice that these devices are uncomfortably loud for them, yet you need the increased volume to hear better.
- Withdrawing from interactions, phone conversations, and not participating in activities such as going to the movies or group gatherings because of the extra effort you need to make to follow what is said or stay aware of happenings around you.
Providers in Audiology
Diana DeLisa, M.A., CCC-A, is an assistant professor of Clinical Audiology and director of Audiological Services for Otolaryngology Associates. With more than 20 years in the field, she is an expert in hearing diagnostics and dispensing hearing aids. Ms. DeLisa is certified as an audiologist by the national American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA). She earned her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Audiology at the University of Connecticut.
Maria Lahti Thompson, M.A., CCC-A, is a provider of diagnostic audiology, auditory brainstem response testing, vestibular assessment, and cochlear implant services. She attended the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and received her Master's degree from the University of Connecticut. She is certified as an Audiologist by ASHA.
Sara E. Walsh, B.A., is a medical assistant and trained hearing aid technician providing in-house hearing aid repairs. Ms. Walsh received her bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University and has been employed at the UConn Health Center since 1999.