Comprehensive audiological and balance services for the Gold Country.
Hearing Health in the Gold Country
Hearing Tests in California
Hearing loss is incredibly common, affecting millions of Americans of all ages. If you have any concerns about your hearing then we strongly encourage you to schedule an initial hearing assessment. The hearing assessment is quick and non-invasive. By discovering a hearing loss early means we can take the right measures to ensure it doesn’t worsen by remaining untreated.
During your hearing assessment, we will be measuring your ability to hear different words and tones at various frequencies. This will help us identify the exact degree of your hearing loss and how it may affect your speech comprehension. We will typically perform a series of tests, including:
We offer hearing tests for adults, children, pediatrics, and veterans at all of our office locations. If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulty with hearing, please contact us today. Better hearing will lead to more effective communication and better brain health. The first step to treating your hearing loss is with a quick and simple hearing assessment. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
If you hear a buzzing, hissing, ringing, or whooshing sound in your ears, you are not alone. Tinnitus affects millions of people. Some experience tinnitus on a temporary basis, for only a few seconds at a time, while others may experience it constantly. Tinnitus itself is not a disease, but rather a condition of another issue.
Tinnitus can be caused by:
At our hearing clinic we can perform a tinnitus test during your hearing exam to discover the cause and severity of your tinnitus. We also offer some tinnitus treatments, including special hearing aids that can help distract your brain from the ringing in your ears.
Tinnitus Support at Gold Country Hearing
If you have severe tinnitus that is interfering with your quality of life, you can experience relief. At our hearing clinic we can perform a tinnitus test during your hearing exam to discover the cause and severity of your tinnitus. Once we’ve determined the cause and severity of your tinnitus, we have proven techniques and treatment options that can help you manage the ringing in your ears. This includes the use of hearing technology such as hearing aids with a masking feature. In cases where your tinnitus is related to another medical condition, we can refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor for assistance. We also provide educational resources to patients about tinnitus and provide ongoing support and encouragement needed to cope.
We offer some tinnitus treatments, including special hearing aids that can help distract your brain from the ringing in your ears. Other tinnitus management options we recommend include:
You don’t have to live with constant ringing in the ears. At Gold Country Hearing, we offer support for tinnitus. Contact us today to schedule a tinnitus assessment and start experiencing relief.
If your hearing has seemed muffled recently or your tinnitus has been worse than normal, you may have a build-up of earwax. Earwax (cerumen) can build-up inside the ear canal, causing discomfort, muffled hearing, and tinnitus.
While earwax is a sign of healthy ears, it can be annoying, especially if you are prone to a build-up of wax. If you currently wear hearing aids, you may experience impacted earwax that is particularly bothersome. If earwax is bothering you, it is recommended that you visit a specialist to have it safely removed. You should never use cotton swabs to remove earwax. Cotton swabs can actually push the wax further into the ear canal and accidently damage the delicate parts of your inner ear.
Earwax Removal at Gold Country Hearing
When you come to Gold Country Hearing for earwax removal, we will first begin with a friendly chat to get to know you.
- Using an otoscope, we will look inside your ears to see what is going on. This allows us to locate the blockage and successfully remove it.
- Once we’ve looked inside your ears, then we will remove the earwax. We will use a tool called the curette to scoop out the wax from hard-to-reach spots. Then with a syringe, we will flush the earwax safely out of the ear canal.
Cognivue: Cognitive Screening
Hearing ability is the number one modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline. People with untreated hearing loss experience a 30%-40% greater decline in cognitive abilities and an increased risk of developing dementia. Because your hearing ability is so deeply connected to your brain health, we offer Cognivue screening.
Cognivue screening is a five-minute, self-administered test that evaluates three cognitive functions: memory, visuospatial, and executive function as well as reaction time and speed processing. This screening is a major step toward identifying cognitive decline caused by depression, anxiety, and hearing loss. To learn more about Cognivue, please contact us.
At Gold Country Hearing, our Sacramento office is a Center of Specialty Care affiliated with the American Institute of Balance. We provide comprehensive vestibular testing to determine if dizziness or balance issues are present due to vestibular pathology.
We offer the following testing for balance disorders:
Hearing Aid Services
Gold Country Hearing offers a wide range of hearing aid services to keep your devices performing their best.
5 Keys Communication Program
As a patient of Gold Country Hearing your hearing is our primary concern. Effective communication skills are crucial to improving your quality of life. We are happy to offer an excellent program called 5 Keys Communication. It is designed to help you overcome the frustrations associated with hearing loss and has produced positive results for thousands of people.
5 Keys Communication is an aural rehabilitation program for people with hearing loss and their communication partners. It teaches comprehensive communication strategies using methods that are easy to understand and can be incorporated into your daily life.
You will learn the 5 keys to Communication Success:
There are three parts to this program:
- An educational handbook provides you with information tips and strategies.
- Worksheets focus on activities to help you apply what you have learned.
- Weekly follow-up emails help reinforce the skills you have developed and ensure you remain actively engaged in the aural rehab process.
Custom Hearing Protection
Your hearing is one of you most important senses. You need your hearing to effectively communicate and to hear all the sounds in life you love. Loud noise exposure is one of the most common causes of hearing loss in individuals of all ages. It’s important to protect your ears from loud sounds in order to be proactive about your hearing health.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work. If you work in a factory, with power tools, or in an environment where the noise levels regularly exceed 85 decibels, then you should be wearing hearing protection. When properly fitted, earplugs can significantly reduce loud noise, preventing hearing damage and loss.
At Gold Country Hearing, we carry a large selection of earplugs and earmolds for optimal hearing protection. We also carry musician’s earplugs and in-ear monitors that allow you to hear your music while protecting your hearing.
Types of Hearing Protection
We carry earplugs and earmolds for all types of activities and occupations, including