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Audiology services: Comprehensive hearing care

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Hearing loss can be so gradual that you may not notice it at first. If left unnoticed and untreated, it can cause frustration, fatigue and social isolation.

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Hearing loss

Hearing loss or deafness is the total or partial inability to hear sound in one or both ears.

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Audiology exam

An audiology exam tests your ability to hear sounds. Sounds vary based on their loudness (intensity) and the speed of sound wave vibrations (tone).

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Audiology (hearing care)

Our hearing specialists – audiologists – identify and evaluate hearing loss. They can also help you prevent or live with hearing loss.

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Hearing aids

A hearing aid is a small electronic device placed behind or in your ear to help you hear sounds better. Even using hearing aids, you still may have trouble hearing well when there is noise around you, such as in a restaurant or at a concert.

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We help persons of all ages identify and deal with hearing loss. We use the latest technology in a comfortable, caring environment as we tailor these services according to your lifestyle and communication needs:

  • complete hearing evaluations (audiology exams)
  • hearing aid fitting, follow up and repair
  • individual and family counseling on preventing and coping with hearing loss
  • coordination of physician referrals as needed.

Hearing care locations

Audiologists at Allina Health clinics in Faribault and Northfield get detailed information about hearing loss with a hearing test at the clinic.

Audiologists at Allina Health Faribault Clinic and Northfield get detailed information about hearing loss with a hearing test at the clinic.

Hearing tests and hearing loss: Questions and answers

Our audiologists answer common questions they hear from their patients.

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Audiology (hearing care)

Our hearing specialists – audiologists – identify and evaluate hearing loss. They can also help you prevent or live with hearing loss.

Learn more about hearing care or find an audiologist...

What can I expect to happen when I come in for a hearing evaluation?
How often should I have my hearing tested?
How often should I have my child's hearing tested?
What should I do if my child failed the hearing screening at school?
How can you test hearing for infants or very young children?
Does my health insurance or Medicare cover hearing evaluation?
Do audiologists teach sign language?
Is ringing in the ears related to hearing loss?
Can hearing loss be inherited?
My child has had many ear infections. Can that lead to permanent hearing loss or speech and language delays?
How can I keep water out of my children's ears?
What can I do to prevent wax building up in my ear?
Can medication or surgery correct hearing loss?

Source: Allina Health clinics Audiology Services
Reviewed by: Shannon Garlitz, AuD, Allina Health clinics
First Published: 05/03/2005
Last Reviewed: 09/04/2013

Hearing aid fitting, follow up and repair

A hearing aid is a device that makes sounds louder. It is worn inside your ear or both behind and inside your ear. There are many different shapes, sizes and styles available. Untreated hearing loss can lead to increased problems with connecting socially with others, frustration and safety concerns. There are four steps in the process of getting hearing aids: hearing test, hearing consultation, hearing aid fitting and follow-up appointments. During the hearing aid consultation, our audiologists will help you consider:

  • degree of your hearing loss
  • anatomy of your ear
  • your communication needs
  • need for one or two hearing aids
  • your ability to handle small objects
  • cosmetics
  • sound quality
  • cost.

We work with several manufacturers to provide patients with the best options in hearing technology.

  • digital hearing aids
  • hearing aid accessories such as streaming devices
  • ear protection, such as custom ear plugs to prevent swimmer's ear
  • assistive listening devices

Hearing aid refunds: We comply with state mandates about hearing aid refunds as outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Hearing aid warranties: We offer hearing aid warranties on loss, damage and repair for at least two years.

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Audiology (hearing care)

Our hearing specialists – audiologists – identify and evaluate hearing loss. They can also help you prevent or live with hearing loss.

Learn more about hearing care or find an audiologist...

close icon
Hearing aids

A hearing aid is a small electronic device placed behind or in your ear to help you hear sounds better. Even using hearing aids, you still may have trouble hearing well when there is noise around you, such as in a restaurant or at a concert.

Learn about choosing a hearing aid in our health encyclopedia...

Hearing aids: Questions and answers

Our audiologists answer common questions they hear from their patients.

If I am a candidate for hearing aids, what choices would I have in size or technology?
How much do hearing aids cost? Will my health insurance help pay for hearing aids?
What happens during a hearing aid fitting?
What happens after the hearing aid fitting?
What if my hearing aids stop working?
Are there any options for people who can't afford hearing aids?
Will hearing aids make my hearing normal again?
Can I just try the hearing aids to see if they work for me?
Do hearing aids need batteries? Are the batteries hard to replace? Where are batteries sold?
Can infants be fitted with hearing aids?

Source: Allina Health clinics Audiology Services
Reviewed by: Shannon Garlitz, AuD, Allina Health clinics
First Published: 05/03/2005
Last Reviewed: 09/04/2013