Hearing and Balance Services

Hearing and Balance Services at Gulf Coast Center for Audiology in Biloxi and Gulfport

Audiometric Evaluation

The audiometric evaluation performed at our Biloxi and Gulfport offices consists of pure tone air and bone conduction testing. Testing pure tones is done to determine the degree of hearing loss and whether hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural. Speech audiometry is obtained to evaluate the individual’s ability to understand speech at an elevated comfortable volume. Speech discrimination is also tested to determine how much a person will understand when wearing hearing aids. Testing may also include assessment of middle ear function.

Battery Sales

Common battery sizes are 10, 13, 312 and 675. To identify the battery size, manufacturers use an industry standard color code system.

  • Size 10 – yellow
  • Size 312 – brown
  • Size 13 – orange
  • Size 675 – blue

Assistive Devices

When hearing aids are not enough or not appropriate we offer devices for the TV, telephone, FM classroom amplification, body aids and sound alert devices.

Custom Earmolds

Custom hearing protection for people who work or play in loud noise or music, industrial hearing protection. Custom earmolds for musicians, hunters, swim molds, iPOD, hands-free cell phones and in -the-ear monitor molds.

Hearing Aid Dispensing & Fitting

Our staff emphasizes ongoing cleaning and maintenance after your hearing aid purchase to ensure you receive optimum performance and benefit from your hearing aids. We encourage all our patients to come in for a regular hearing aid evaluation and cleaning.

In-Office Services

Repairs, Maintenance, Cleanings, Warranty

ABR, DPOAEs, and ECOG

  • An Auditory Brainstem Response Evaluation (ABR) is a type of test, usually performed for infants and young children, that evaluates how well sounds travel along the hearing nerve pathways from the ear to the brainstem.
  • Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAEs) are the measurement of the product generated during amplification of sound energy in the cochlea (inner ear).
  • Electrocochleography (ECOG) is a test that measures the electrical potentials generated in the inner ear in response to stimulation by sound.

VNG and Canalith Repositioning for BPPV-Balance Dizziness Testing

  • During the Videonystagmography (VNG) test, eye movements caused by positional or caloric stimulation of the inner ear balance structures are recorded. The results of the series of studies indicate the presence of dizziness or imbalance due to unequal neural messages to the vestibular system.
  • Canalith Repositioning (Epley maneuver) is used to relieve Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This is done through a series of maneuvers that moves particles from one part of the inner ear to another.