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UT Health's board-certified ENT specialists provide complete ear services for all ages. From diagnosis, to medical and surgical treatments, our mission is to provide the highest quality care for all your ENT needs.

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Hear the sounds of life.

The UT Health East Texas ENT Center in Tyler offers hearing aid services for children ages 12 and up and adults.

Hearing aid services include:

  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations
  • Hearing aid testing
  • Hearing aid fitting
  • Hearing aid repairs

Take the first step to hear better, live better. Call 903-747-4098 to schedule your appointment.

Hearing well allows you to engage with those around you, family and friends. Improved hearing supports cognitive fitness and helps to enable people to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.

Hearing aid brands we offer include UnitronPhonak and Oticon.

Benefits of hearing aids we offer include:

  • Discrete devices
  • Wide variety of colors
  • Comfortable hearing aid fit
  • Reduces the effort involved in listening
  • Dynamic noise cancellation
  • Wireless charging
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Hands-free calls
  • Remote control
  • TV connector
  • Control of your hearing aids form your smartphone

Eight signs you may have hearing loss:

1. You have trouble understanding others.

You may be able to hear sounds, but not quite make out the words.

2. You have trouble hearing in noisy environments.

Environments with multiple background noises, such as restaurants, can make hearing and understanding conversations difficult if you have a hearing loss.

3. You have difficulty understanding women and children. 

If you have hearing loss, you may experience difficulty hearing or understanding words or speech patterns of women and children as both speak in higher pitches and softer tones.

4. You frequently swap ears when on the phone.

Frequent telephone ear swapping and becoming “ear fatigued” may signal hearing loss.

5. You hear a “ringing” in your ears.

If you have hearing loss, you may experience a ringing in the ears called tinnitus.

6. You watch television too loudly for others.

If you constantly need to increase the volume, or others ask you to reduce the volume, you may require a hearing test.

7. You are physically or mentally fatigued during conversations.

Concentrating to hear friends, family members, TV and music can fatigue those with hearing loss.

8. You are often told you “mumble” or talk too loudly.

If you have a hearing loss, your overall perception of sound has changed – even your own speech and pronunciation.

What is a comprehensive hearing evaluation?

A comprehensive hearing evaluation is a non-invasive hearing test that is performed with an audiologist.

What does a comprehensive hearing evaluation involve?

Our experienced audiologists will begin by inspecting your eardrums with an otoscope. Next, you will put on a pair of earphones in a soundproof test booth, where you will listen and respond to different frequencies at varying levels of intensity of loudness (decibels). At times, you will be given prompts to raise your hand, push a button or repeat what you heard through the earphones. Your hearing thresholds for each pitch and ear are recorded throughout the test on a graph called an audiogram. This test will determine the severity of hearing loss as well as the type of hearing loss.

In addition to this test, your audiologist may recommend further testing to gauge the health of your middle ear and inner ear function.

To learn more about audiology services or to schedule an appointment, call 903-747-4098.

Test of the middle ear

Tympanometry is a medical test that measures the function, movement and air pressure of the eardrum and middle ear. The results of tympanometry are represented on a graph called a tympanogram. The test is usually quick and painless, unless the eardrum or middle ear are inflamed.

How is the middle ear checked?

First, the provider will do a visual inspection of your ear canal and eardrum using a lighted otoscope placed in the ear. Then, a probe with a flexible rubber tip will be placed in your ear, which is attached to a tympanometer. The tympanometer causes the air pressure in your ear canal to change as you hear a low-pitched tone. The feeling is similar to the pressure changes felt during takeoff and landing when you’re on a plane. While the pressure is changing, measurements of your eardrum’s movement will be taken and recorded. Tympanometry is used to detect or rule out several things: the presence of fluid in the middle ear, a middle ear infection, a hole in the eardrum (perforation) or Eustachian tube dysfunction. This test is especially important for children who have suspected middle ear problems and it is given to adults as part of a routine hearing test to determine if there are any middle ear problems contributing to hearing loss.

Adults and children who are seeking medical clearance for hearing aids will usually receive a tympanometry test. Fluid behind the eardrum is the most common cause of an abnormal tympanogram because it prevents the eardrum from moving and transmitting sound properly. This condition is nearly always temporary and medically treatable.

To learn more about audiology services or to schedule an appointment, call 903-747-4098.

What is an otoacoustic emissions (OAE) test used for?

The OAE test checks part of the inner ear’s response to sound. The test is mostly done on infants and children who may not be able to respond to behavioral hearing tests because of their age.

How is an OAE test done?

Otoacoustic emissions are sounds given off by one small part of the cochlea when it is stimulated by soft clicking sounds. When the sound stimulates the cochlea, the outer hair cells vibrate. The vibration produces a nearly inaudible sound that echoes back into the middle ear. Soft foam or rubber tips are placed in your child’s ear. Your child will hear soft sounds through the soft foam or rubber tips. A computer will record quiet echoes from the ear.

Your child will not feel anything during this test and should only take a few minutes.

The results are either present or absent. Present OAEs are consistent with normal to near normal hearing. Absent OAEs may be a sign of a problem. It could be hearing loss, wax in the ears, fluid or infection in the middle ear or a malformed inner ear. This indicates that more testing is needed to find out why the OAEs were absent and to rule out any possible hearing loss.

In addition to this test, your audiologist may recommend further testing to gauge the health of your child’s ear and inner ear function.

To learn more about audiology services or to schedule an appointment, call 903-747-4098.

To learn more about audiology services or to schedule an appointment, call 903-747-4098.