UCHealth offers extensive services, resources, education, and research to support the needs of hard-of-hearing or deaf adults and children as well as health care professionals involved in treatment. We’re dedicated to helping you and your family choose the most appropriate hearing loss treatment options and achieve the highest quality of life.

Services we offer

UCHealth hearing specialists use the most advanced equipment and techniques for diagnosis and treatment. We offer medical care as well as speech-language therapy and help fitting hearing devices.

Tests for hearing loss

Audiologic assessment – a basic hearing test that shows how well you can hear sounds and recognize words at different levels and frequencies.

Auditory brainstem response (ABR) – measures how well your auditory nerve transmits signals from the inner ear to the brain where the signals are interpreted. You’ll have electrodes placed behind the earlobes and on the forehead and will then listen through earphones for sounds.

Computerized tomography scan (CT) – Your doctor may order X-ray pictures of the temporal bones at the base of your skull. These bones protect the organs that control your hearing and balance.

Electrocochleography (ECoG) – a test that measures activity in your inner ear. You’ll have electrodes placed behind the earlobes, on the forehead, and in your ear canal. You will then listen through earphones for sounds.

Newborn hearing screening and follow-up assessment – physical and behavioral tests used by hearing specialists to screen newborns for hearing loss. If a newborn fails the initial screening, follow-up tests are ordered.

Otoacoustic emissions test (OAE) – measures sounds that the ear itself produces when tiny hair cells on the cochlea are stimulated. A probe with a sound-generating loudspeaker is placed in the ear canal. A microphone in the probe captures the sounds emitted from the cochlea. Low levels of otoacoustic emissions indicate hearing loss.

Treatments for hearing loss

Hearing aids – If you have some ability to hear, you may receive a hearing aid, an electronic device that amplifies sounds. The type of hearing aid you receive will depend on the type and degree of your hearing loss as well as the shape of your ear.

Assistive listening technology – Technologies such as FM systems and telephone amplifying systems can further improve your hearing. These devices help you to tune out background noise and improve your ability to hear spoken words.

Cochlear implants – This device is surgically placed in the inner ear (cochlea) to electrically stimulate the auditory nerve. This helps the ear transmit sounds as nerve impulses to the brain. If you have severe hearing loss in both ears and are getting limited help from hearing aids, you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant.

Medical and surgical specialty care of the ear – Conditions in the ear and other parts of the body may require medical and/or surgical treatment. These include:

  • Tinnitus
  • Ear infections
  • Eardrum perforations
  • Facial paralysis
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Acoustic neuroma

Your doctor may perform laser or other kinds of surgery to treat these conditions.

Speech-language therapy – Hearing loss can affect your ability to speak and understand language. Children and adults with hearing loss are often referred to speech-language pathologists. These specialists assess and treat the communication problems.

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