Dr. Kester at Sonoran Ear, Nose, and Throat has many years of experience in working with the latest in hearing aid technology. We work with a variety of hearing aid manufacturers with the goal of finding the best hearing solution for our patients. In addition to working with the best technology, we strive to provide a hearing aid experience that is tailored for the individual. Time is spent to select the proper product and ensure that the device is fit based on the individual hearing loss. We use state of the art technology to verify that the fitting is meeting your needs.
When a patient has severe to profound hearing loss and has tried hearing aids, but still needs more clarity, cochlear implants (CI) can sometimes provide the clarity they are missing. Our Audiologist has experience working with cochlear implants and can perform evaluations to determine candidacy. The first step is to make sure that hearing aids are providing the appropriate volume and meeting prescriptive targets. The second step is evaluating performance in understanding speech understanding while wearing hearing aids. The ENT physicians and Audiologist work as a team to determine if you might be a candidate for a cochlear implant. Furthermore, if you currently have a CI and need reprogramming (mapping), our office can also provide these routine services.
Baha/Ponto Implantable Hearing Devices
These are specialized hearing devices that utilize sound vibration via bone conduction to transmit sound to the inner ear. Because there is a surgical component to these devices, Baha and Ponto must be recommended by your ENT Physician and Audiologist. If you have significant unilateral deafness or chronic conductive hearing loss, you might be a candidate for one of these devices.
Custom Hearing Protection
Noise Exposure causes permanent hearing loss, but prevention of this type of hearing loss can be accomplished with properly-fitted hearing protection. Our office can provide custom-fit hearing protection for occupational noise exposure, hunting or shooting sports, musicians, motorcyclists, and even for sleeping. Custom earmolds will last for many years, and often provide better protection than single-use foam plugs.