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Audiological Assessment

All audiological services provided by the Hearing and Speech Foundation are contracted through Blount Hearing and Speech Services

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Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation

An audiological assessment is a painless, noninvasive hearing test that measures a person’s ability to hear different sounds, pitches or frequencies. The diagnostic test is performed in a soundproof booth under headphones. The test takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

Following the test, an audiologist will discuss the results and options for treatment, if necessary. Staff with the Hearing and Speech Foundation may become involved in further diagnostic evaluation or therapy treatment.

Hearing Aid Evaluation 

Following a hearing test and determination of appropriate hearing aids with an audiologist, a hearing aid evaluation appointment is necessary. This appointment is the day you are fit with your new hearing aids. We understand that the day you receive hearing aids many emotions may arise. We take our time in order to make your experience comfortable. We want to ensure that as you leave, all of your questions have been answered, and that you feel comfortable with the use and care of your new hearing instruments.

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Infant and Child Hearing Testing

No child is too young to test! We are able to provide hearing screening and testing for children of all ages. We have specialized testing and procedures we use to test children in all stages of development. Sometimes testing of children can take multiple sessions to obtain all the information needed to rule out a hearing loss. We are dedicated to providing a calm testing environment and creating a pleasant experience for parents and children alike.

Newborn Hearing Screening and Follow-Up

In 2000, in conjunction with Blount Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing Center, audiologists with Blount Hearing and Speech Services (BHSS) developed and implemented the Newborn Hearing Screening program. This program allowed every family the opportunity to have their infant’s hearing screened before leaving the hospital. BHSS provided this service until 2004 when the staff of the Family Birthing Center took over the screening program.

Audiologists with BHSS continue to see babies from the hospital and surrounding birthing centers for follow-up when they do not pass the screening before leaving the hospital. Financial assistance is available through the Hearing and Speech Foundation for those families of infants who require follow-up testing.  BHSS audiologists and hearing therapists with the Hearing and Speech Foundation are fervent about early detection of hearing loss and providing infants and young children with intervention services through an audiological assessment.

Auditory Therapy Services

HSF specialists offer auditory therapy to hearing impaired individuals and to children and adults diagnosed with auditory perception difficulties severe enough to impede communication and academic achievement.

Hearing Aid Assistance

Tennessee has one of the highest household poverty rates in the United States and many people in East Tennessee, with or without insurance, are unable to afford the hearing aids they need to in order to improve their quality of life.

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