Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see something you had concerns about, please feel free to give us a call or fill out our contact form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

General Questions

What is Acoustic Neuroma?

Acoustic tumors are fibrous growths originating from the balance nerve and are not malignant. They do not spread to other parts of the brain, other than by direct extension.

What are Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)?

You may have certain communication needs that cannot be solved by the use of hearing aids alone. These situations may involve the use of the telephone, radio, television and the inability to hear the door chime, telephone bell and alarm clock.

Who is a candidate for an ALD?

People with all degrees and types of hearing loss – even people with normal hearing – can benefit from assistive listening devices.

What is an Audiologist?

An audiologist is a person who has a masters or doctoral degree in audiology. Audiology is the science of hearing and balance. In addition, the audiologist must be licensed or registered by their state (in 47 states) to practice audiology.

What is an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

Auditory Processing (also called Central Auditory Processing) refers to the means by which we make sense of what we hear. “Auditory Processing Disorders” refers to the abnormal interaction of hearing, neural transmission and the brain’s ability to make sense of sound.

What Causes Chronic Ear Infection?

Chronic ear infection is the result of an ear infection that has left a residual injury to the ear. This type of infection has been established as the cause of your ear problem.

What is Digital Hearing Aid Technology?

The term DIGITAL is used so often today, it can be confusing. When the term “digital” is used while referring to hearing aids, it generally means the hearing aid is 100% digital. In other words, the hearing aid is indeed a “complete computer.”

What Causes Dizziness?

Dizziness is a symptom, not a disease. It may be defined as a sensation of unsteadiness, imbalance or disorientation in relation to an individual’s surroundings.

What are Eustachian Tube Problems?

The ear is comprised of three portions: an outer ear (external), a middle ear and inner ear. Each part performs an important function in the process of hearing.

What are the Different Types of Hearing Aids?

There are many styles of hearing aids. The degree of the hearing loss, power and options requirements, manual dexterity abilities, cost factors and cosmetic concerns are some of the factors that will determine the style the patient will use.

What Do I Need To Know About Hearing Aid Batteries?

All batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries (and hearing aids) away from children and pets. If anyone swallows a battery it is a medical emergency and the individual needs to see a physician immediately.

How Do I Know If I Have Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss occurs to most people as they age. Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (birth of prenatal) or hereditary factors, diseases, as well as a number of other causes.

How Can I Know the Type and Degree of Hearing Loss?

Results of the audiometric evaluation are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness is plotted from top to bottom. Frequency, from low to high, is plotted from left to right.

How Common are Hearing Problems in Children?

Five thousand children are born profoundly deaf each year in the United States alone. Another 10 to 15 percent of newborns have a partial hearing handicap.

What is Tinnitus and What Causes It?

Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound which is reported by patients that is unrelated to an external source of stimulation. It is a very common disorder. Tinnitus may originate from various lesions and from different sites. The auditory system involves highly complicated inner ear structures, many afferent and efferent nerve pathways and a great amount of nuclei that form a complex meshwork.

About Our Services

Hearing & Balance

The audiometric evaluation performed at our Biloxi and Gulfport offices consists of pure tone air and bone conduction testing.

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Hearing Loss

Approximately 31.5 million people in the U.S. have some degree of hearing loss.

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Hearing Aids

Gulf Coast Center for Audiology works with most of the major manufacturers of hearing aids, so our Biloxi and Gulfport offices are able to provide you with the product that best meets your personal needs.

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Gulf Coast Center For Audiology

Gulfport Office


15190 Community Road, Suite 100, Gulfport, MS 39503


(228) 539-3824


Biloxi Office


2781 C.T. Switzer Drive, Suite 400, Biloxi, MS 39531


(228) 388-4585