Alliance Hearing Center
Hearing loss can significantly affect your quality of life. Our hearing specialists can identify the cause of your hearing loss and, if needed, provide the latest in hearing aid technology. Contact us today at 414-727-0910 to learn about the hearing treatment Alliance can provide you.
The ear is one of the most important parts of the human body, the most important of which is hearing. The ear is composed of four major components, each of which serves a vital role in your hearing.
The Outer Ear: The outer ear is made up of the external part of the ear visible on your head, including pinna and the external auditory canal. The pinna helps funnel sounds into the auditory canal, an s shaped tube leading to the middle ear. The ear canal contains numerous small hairs and glands that produce cerumen (also known as ear wax), which helps moisturize the ear canal.
The Middle Ear: The middle ear contains the eardrum (tympanic membrane), a membrane resting at the end of the ear canal. The eardrum contains a small air filled pocket called the middle ear cavity. When sound travels down the ear canal it eventually hits the eardrum and causes it to vibrate. These vibrations are transmitted in order through three tiny bones called the malleus, incus, and stapes. Once the sound has reached the stapes it is transmitted to the inner ear through its footplate.
The Inner Ear: The inner ear consists of the cochlea, a small, snail-shaped structure which contains the organ of Corti. When vibrations from the stapes reach the organ of Corti they activate tiny hair cells within the organ, which release chemical messengers. These chemicals excite auditory nerves which then carry sound to the brain.
- Central Auditory Pathways: The central auditory pathways are a complex neural network in the brain responsible for localizing sound, recognizing speech in loud areas, and interpreting other complex sounds.
Damage to any of these structures can lead to hearing loss by reducing your ear’s ability to sense sounds or distorting the signals. Some types of neurological damage like head trauma or natural degeneration due to aging can also produce symptoms that are similar to hearing loss. If you are experiencing symptoms such as difficulty understanding parts of conversations, contact Alliance at 414-727-0910 and schedule an appointment with one of our talented audiologists.
If our doctors suspect that you are suffering from hearing loss we will utilize all the tools we have available to determine the source of your symptoms. This could include a visual inspection of your external ear as well as the latest diagnostic tests to determine how well your middle ear and inner ear are functioning. Once these tests have been completed your doctor will discuss the results with you. This will include a recommendation on what steps should be taken, including the treatment options or hearing aids that can be used to alleviate your symptoms.
The audiologists at Alliance are dedicated to providing you with the very best care. Contact us at 414-727-0910 today if you think you are suffering from hearing loss to schedule an appointment with us.
Hearing aids are an excellent way to help alleviate the symptoms of hearing loss, but it is important to make sure you choose the right hearing aid for your situation. Not all hearing aids are the same, and depending on your lifestyle your needs may be very different from someone with similar kinds of hearing loss. Alliance’s hearing aid team is made of up Rebecca Landgraf and Dr. Wisneski, talented doctors who have years of experience working with major manufacturers and fitting patients with the right hearing aids.
Alliance offers a variety of hearing aids from manufacturers such as Siemens, Oticon, Starkey, and Unitron. Our doctors will work with you to select a hearing aid that meets your lifestyle needs and helps you retain as much of your hearing as possible. We will also fine tune your hearing aids to ensure that they provide you with excellent service for years to come.
The audiologists at the Alliance hearing center are proud to offer comprehensive care to help regain your hearing. Contact us at 414-727-0910 today if to see if hearing aids are the right solution for you.
At Alliance we take great pains to provide the best care for our patients. We recognize that for some individuals, hearing aids may represent an ‘unnecessary’ out of pocket expense. However, it is important to remember that letting your hearing loss go untreated will likely lead to a decrease in your quality of life. Losing your hearing could reduce or remove your ability to enjoy simple pleasures like music or the sound of a loved one’s voice, or result in more serious consequences like a loss of independence in older people.
Our audiologists can provide thorough hearing examinations to help determine the cause of your hearing loss and suggest ways to remedy this loss. Whether the solution involves hearing aids or another treatment method, we will find the best solution for your needs.
Tinnitus is the perception of hearing a sound when there are no actual sounds present. This sound is usually described as a ringing, but can also sound like buzzing, hissing, whistling, or a roaring noise. It is believed by many doctors that tinnitus may result from the brain reacting oddly to hearing loss. Tinnitus has many potential causes, including:
- Damage to the ears from excessively loud noises such as very loud music or explosions
- Hearing loss as a result of age
- Medical conditions
- Certain medications
Tinnitus is commonly associated with the following problems:
- Irritation and a short temper due to annoyance from the sound
- Difficulty relaxing
- Problems focusing on speech or other sounds like music
- Difficulty concentrating
- Having a hard time sleeping
While tinnitus is currently incurable with medical science, it is possible to manage and minimize its impact on your life. Our team can help develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your individual situation and symptoms.
The first step is obtaining the relevant history from your medical records and hearing history to give our audiologists a baseline from which to work with. We will then gather some information from you about your tinnitus symptoms and how they are effecting your life. We will them examine your ear to evaluate the potential causes of your tinnitus and develop possible solutions. Once all this information has been gathered your doctor at Alliance will work with you to help you better understand your tinnitus and provide recommendations on what you can do to minimize its impact on your life.
Because tinnitus has a different impact on every person who has it, developing a plan for each individual patient is an essential part of how Alliance cares for our patients. Depending on the results of the above tests we may recommend one of several treatment options, including music therapy and treatment devices. If you suffer from tinnitus, contact Alliance at 414-727-0910 and take the first step towards recovery.