Our expert staff at Berge Hearing Clinic provides hearing care services that are designed at every step of the way to improve your quality of life.
Whether you are having trouble communicating due to hearing loss, struggling with the constant burden of ringing in your ears, or seeking dependable, expert advice about today’s best hearing aids, we offer a level of experience and quality care that you won’t find anywhere else.
We provide services for patients of all ages — from newborns to patients over 100 years old. These services include behavioral tests that help us fully understand your needs and expectations before we complete the necessary otoneurologic tests. When appropriate, we recommend only the most up-to-date digital hearing aid technology and precisely fit it to your ears and your hearing needs, for exceptional comfort and sound quality. We offer services at our office locations in Guelph, ON.
Our Hearing Tests
Hearing testing is painless, comfortable, and safe. It consists of answering questions about your hearing health, recognizing everyday words at different volume levels, and identifying tones of differing sound frequencies reproduced with headphones. Your ability to hear each tone, or frequency, reveals the unique hearing pattern of your hearing abilities, which we then record on an audiogram.
Only the Best for Your Ears
The test is completed in a state-of-the-art sound booth using earphones and other types of noninvasive diagnostic instruments. The audiologist uses this data, along with a physical examination, to determine the type and severity of your hearing loss. These tests will determine whether your hearing loss is best treated medically or with hearing aids.
Keeping Up with Your Hearing Changes
As we get older, hearing changes can occur quickly, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends that individuals over 50 receive regular hearing screenings at three-year intervals. If you wear hearing aids, it’s important to have your hearing checked even more regularly to ensure that your hearing aids are properly adjusted. Remember, most general practitioners do not screen for hearing loss, so your hearing difficulty can easily go unnoticed by your primary care doctor.
This small camera aids in the evaluation of the ear, external auditory canal and eardrum. Video-otoscopy will help the audiologist in determining appropriate treatment options.
Effective Tinnitus Treatment
Tinnitus (or “ringing in the ears”) can reach distressing levels that may interfere not only with your hearing, but also your peace of mind. We offer proven tinnitus therapies that begin with diagnostic and self-assessment tests to determine both the cause of the tinnitus and its psychological impact. Diagnostic tests determine if the cause of the tinnitus is related to middle-ear or inner-ear problems, as well as possible auditory nerve abnormalities. These tests also help determine the tone or pitch of the tinnitus and its volume to help us arrive at the best management option. These options may include a review of medications you’re currently taking, sound-masking devices, hearing aids, or Tinnitus Retraining therapy (TRT) — there are even dietary changes that may help alleviate your symptoms.
Brenda Berge, Doctor of Audiology has been treating people with tinnitus since 2009 when she trained with Dr. Pawell Jastreboff, the researcher who is credited with creating Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. She does comprehensive tinnitus evaluations to help find the source of the tinnitus and then designs a treatment plan that is customized to each patient. Brenda Berge is passionate about treating tinnitus and continues to explore emerging technologies as they come available.
Quality Digital Hearing Aid Fitting
We offer straightforward, honest advice to help you find the hearing solution that’s right for you. We will discuss the pros and cons of all the options that are suitable for your hearing loss, including the style of fit, the cost, and the technology level required to meet your communication goals.
Using a simple, painless silicone mold of your ear canal, many of our hearing devices are shaped precisely to the contours of your ear canal for a comfortable fit and optimal sound quality.
Your new hearing aids will be custom programmed to match your unique hearing loss as recorded on your audiogram. Whether you want to hear better on the phone, in the car, in meetings, or in quiet settings, our audiologists will work with you to create the ideal settings for you to hear all the things you want to hear.
Better Hearing Support
Every one of our patients receives comprehensive instruction to help you make the adjustment to the sound and features of your new hearing aids. Patients new to hearing aids, or who have had uncompensated hearing loss for a long period of time, typically need to “learn to listen again” — how to focus on the specific sounds you want to pay attention to and ignore all of the noise. We’ll be here to help you every step of the way, and to clearly explain to you the best methods of use and care for your hearing instruments.
Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aids
All patients undergo a comprehensive hearing exam prior to receiving hearing aids to determine the cause and extent of the loss. A detailed case history is also completed. Once a patient becomes a candidate for hearing aids based upon their hearing handicap all options are discussed with the patient including style of the hearing instrument and technology level required to meet their communication goals. The hearing aids are then programmed to match their unique hearing loss. At this point every patient undergoes comprehensive instruction on how to listen again. Emphasis is placed on how the brain must relearn to focus on specific sounds that the individual wants to pay attention to and ignore irrelevant noises. All patients are also instructed on use and care of the hearing instruments and follow-up tests are performed to assure optimal programming of the aids.
Expert Hearing Aid Adjustment and Service
Hearing Aid Checks and Servicing
The cornerstone of our customer service is the follow-up our patients receive once fit with hearing aids. Most patients initially require 3-4 office visits to understand how to once again listen and how to take care of their new hearing aids. Subsequent hearing aid adjustments or trouble shooting is always available at no charge for the life of the hearing instruments. In fact, most patients can be seen for hearing aid related problems the day they call. In addition, all patients receive our quarterly newsletter to keep them informed of the latest research into hearing disorders and technological improvements. Finally, all patients are scheduled for an annual hearing exam to retest their natural hearing and clean and check the hearing aids.
Extend Your Hearing with Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
When a patient has a hearing loss sometimes an assistive listening device (ALD) is required in addition to or instead of a hearing aid. ALDs can be amplified telephones, TV enhancers, visual smoke and doorbell alarms and a variety of other items designed to keep the hearing impaired in touch with their environment. We have a number of these items in our office for demonstration where their benefits can be quickly observed. Because this technology is so quickly evolving we always have access to the latest information and can special order any ALD.