The Precious Sounds of Life
Most of us take our hearing for granted. But our ability to hear has a significant impact on the way we perceive language, music and the everyday sounds of the outside world.
Hearing is dependent upon a sophisticated and delicate system of the eardrum, bones and nerves located in the middle and inner ear. For most of us, this system functions normally day in and day out. But sometimes it can become damaged by exposure to environmental noise, illness or injury – or simply by the aging process itself.
Specialists are trained to understand the needs of individuals with hearing difficulties. We offer screenings, evaluations and treatments for a wide variety of symptoms. And, we help people with hearing disorders make the most of this precious sense.
Serving the Entire Community
We provide a full range of evaluative, preventative and rehabilitative audiological services to those with known or suspected hearing loss or related problems. We serve a variety of patients, including infants, adolescents, adults and seniors. Hearing loss and hearing problems can be related to a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Premature birth (infants)
- Head injury
- Noise exposure
- Certain Medications
- Other Medical Conditions
Procedures and Technology
Our Audiology Department uses the latest procedures and technology to diagnose and treat hearing problems.
Testing procedures include:
- Pure tone air/bone threshold assessment
- Speech recognition assessment
- Analysis of middle ear function
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing – Adults only
- Videonystagmography (VNG) testing
- Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) testing
- Hearing aids
- Hearing aid recommendation/selection
- Hearing aid fitting/orientation
- Fully digital hearing aids in a variety of styles
- Custom swim and musician earplugs
- Hearing aid maintenance/repair/adjustment
Your Personal Hearing Specialists
Our licensed audiologists provide comprehensive one-on-one evaluation, treatment and management of hearing disorders. They hold master’s degrees in audiology and are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and/or the American Academy of Audiology.
Three Simple Steps to Better Hearing
Audiologists at Vanguard MacNeal Hospital will:
- Determine whether a hearing problem exists and, if so, identify the source and severity of the problem. A complete evaluation consists of responding to tones, words and a check of the middle ear system.
- Help you understand test results. We may recommend that you see your physician, either to treat a medical problem or to obtain medical clearance for fitting of a hearing aid. If the loss is not severe enough for a hearing aid, suggestions for developing new visual and listening skills will be discussed.
- Provide a complete hearing aid dispensing service if you require a hearing aid.
Do you have trouble hearing? Ask yourself these questions...
- Have any of your blood relatives had a hearing loss?
- Do you believe people mumble or speak in a softer voice than they use to?
- Do you frequently ask people to speak up or repeat themselves?
- Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation in a noisy room?
- Do you turn the volume of the TV or radio louder than others need to?
- Do you need to watch a speaker’s lips move closely to follow the conversation?
- Do you seem to hear better from one ear than the other?
- Do family, friends or coworkers comment on your inability to hear?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your hearing may be somewhat below normal.
If you answered “yes” to several questions, it is a strong indication that a hearing examination is in order. Ask your doctor to refer you for a simple hearing evaluation.
Appointments and Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To find out more about how MacNeal Audiology and Hearing Aid Services can care for your family, please contact us at (708) 783-3134.
Inpatient Acute Care and Outpatient Care
Audiology specializes in the assessment and treatment of hearing loss or balance problems. First, audiologists determine whether your hearing is within the normal range. If hearing loss or a vestibular abnormality is found, they will provide recommendations to provide you with maximum benefits.
- Comprehensive hearing evaluation using advanced digital technology
- Hearing aid dispensing and repair
- Complete vestibular/balance evaluations and rehabilitation in conjunction with the Physical Therapy Department
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing to evaluate retrocochlear function
- Comprehensive hearing evaluation using a variety of tools and techniques
- Hearing aid dispensing and repair for older children (generally 10+)
- Re-testing for children who fail their newborn hearing screening
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To find out more about how Vanguard MacNeal Audiology and Hearing Aid Services can care for your family, please contact us at (708) 783-3134.