Problems with hearing or balance can affect many aspects of life, including your physical and mental health, relationships, independence and ability to enjoy favorite activities. Audiology is a medical field devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of hearing and vestibular (balance) disorders, including hearing loss, tinnitus and dizziness.
Established in October 2019, Audiology Associates of Central Maine provides close-to-home access to diagnostic services that can set patients on a path toward a healthier, more satisfying life. Audiologist Claire Miller, AuD, leads the audiology program. Dr. Miller received her doctor of audiology degree from Wayne State University and completed a fellowship in electrophysiology and intraoperative monitoring at the University of Michigan. Dr. Miller works closely with colleagues at Central Maine ENT Head and Neck Surgery, which shares an office with Audiology Associates of Central Maine, to care for patients’ auditory systems.
Audiology Services Available at Central Maine
A diagnostic clinic, Audiology Associates of Central Maine conducts comprehensive evaluations for permanent or temporary hearing loss and other conditions using a variety of tests, including:
- Air and bone conduction threshold testing — frequency-specific testing to determine patients’ ability to hear soft sounds
- Auditory brainstem response testing — an exam of the cochlea (inner ear) and auditory activity of the brain to check for hearing loss in infants and children or to test brainstem function in adults
- Conditioned play audiometry — a method of testing the hearing of children ages 2 to 6 years old using games
- Distortion product otoacoustic emissions — testing of the health and function of the cochlea
- Otoscopy — a visual exam of the outer ear and tympanic membrane using an otoscope
- Tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing — an examination of the middle ear to gauge ear drum mobility and movement, which is useful for diagnosing fluid in the ear, a perforated eardrum or Eustachian tube dysfunction
- Videonystagmography — a type of balance test that can detect involuntary eye movements in people experiencing dizziness which allows for evaluation of the vestibular system
- Visual reinforcement audiometry — a test for children from 7 months up to 2 years of age that uses speakers and videos to evaluate hearing ability
- Word recognition and speech testing — a method of determining clarity of conversational speech
Commonly diagnosed conditions from an audiologic evaluation include high-frequency permanent (sensorineural) hearing loss, temporary hearing loss due to fluid in the ears (conductive) and loose crystals in the balance organ (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo).
Why Choose Audiology Associates of Central Maine?
By offering full-service audiologic testing, Audiology Associates ofCentral Maine allows residents of this region to avoid traveling far from home for much-needed evaluations, travel that can be burdensome for individuals with a hearing condition or balance problem. Audiologic testing is an efficient, effective method for diagnosing hearing and vestibular disorders and determining when treatment, such as hearing aids, is appropriate. Our audiology program can help you discover how much improved hearing or better balance can enrich your life.
Location and Hours of Operation
Open Tuesday through Friday from 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m., with an evening clinic on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.