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Hearing Aids & Audiology in Livingston, NJ
Is It Time to Get a Hearing Test?
Hearing loss typically occurs gradually. You may not even realize it’s happening. This online quiz can help you decide if you are hearing less than you should be.
What Should You Expect?
A thorough evaluation will include a review of your medical history, an exam of your ears, and a slate of diagnostic tests to determine the status of your hearing.
What we do
Our Audiology Services
A hearing evaluation is your first step on the path to better hearing. The evaluation may include an assessment of your middle ear, and listening to a series of tones and a series of words.
Untreated hearing loss can be a frustrating experience for you and everyone around you. But getting the help you need doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience for anyone.
What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are the primary health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.
- evaluate and diagnose hearing loss and vestibular(balance) disorders
- prescribe, fit, and dispense hearing aids and other amplification and hearing assistance technologies
- are members of cochlear implant teams
- perform ear or hearing related surgical monitoring
- design and implement hearing conservation programs
- design and implement newborn hearing screening programs
- provide hearing rehabilitation training such as auditory training and listening skills improvement
- assess and treat individuals, especially children, with central auditory processing disorders
- assess and treat individuals with tinnitus (noise in the ear, such as ringing)
What Causes Hearing Loss?
Causes of Hearing Loss
Loud noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Noise from lawn mowers, snow blowers, or loud music can damage the inner ear, resulting in permanent hearing loss. Loud noise also contributes to tinnitus. You can prevent most noise-related hearing loss. Protect yourself by turning down the sound on your stereo, television, or headphones; moving away from loud noise; or using earplugs or other ear protection.
Earwax or fluid buildup can block sounds that are carried from the eardrum to the inner ear. If
A punctured eardrum can also cause hearing loss. The eardrum can be damaged by infection, pressure, or putting objects in the ear, including cotton-tipped swabs. See your doctor if you have pain or fluid draining from the ear.
Health conditions common in older people, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, can contribute to hearing loss. Viruses and bacteria (including the ear infection otitis media), a heart condition, stroke, brain injury, or a tumor may also affect your hearing.
How Much Noise is Too Much?
Hearing loss facts: Noise exposure
- Noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss
- Noise-induced hearing loss, while preventable, is permanent
- Exposure to a lawn mower, for just 15 minutes a day over time, can cause permanent damage to
- Listening to music on a smartphone at high volumes over time can cause permanent damage to hearing.
How Prevalent is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss: Prevalence
- 48 million Americans have a significant hearing loss
- 1 out of 3 people over age 65 have some degree of hearing loss
- 2 out of 3 people over 75 have a hearing loss
- 14% of those ages 45-64 have some type of hearing loss
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 50 million people in the United States.
“When I left your office with my mom, I was crying tears of joy. To hear her complain about how loud the world was – awesome! Visiting her the next day I caught her watching tv, something she hadn’t done in months. Your professionalism and caring way was wonderful to experience. I understand why you came so highly recommended. I will recommend everyone I know with ears. Thank you for giving my mom a big part of her life back. You make miracles happen. ”
Serving the Livingston Community
Our convenient location is proud to serve the Livingston community and surrounding areas.
Bay Head Office
MaryAnn Pladdys, Au.D.,CCC-A
After 30 years in practice at a wide variety of clinical settings serving a broad population, specializing in adult clinical audiology, as well as hearing aid selection and fittings, Dr. Pladdys decided she could better serve her community by opening a private practice.