Texas Hearing Clinic is now open for business! Doctor Burrington will host office hours on most Thursdays and Fridays at this location. We will offer all the same audiology testing services at this location including Audiometric, Tympanometry, Acoustic Reflex, and Real Ear Measure. Please come check it out.
To make an appointment, call 1-866-LAKEWAY
We are getting so close to being finished! The last touches are being done in the clinic, including cabinets for the front office and audiology room. We got our sound booth in the clinic on Thursday the 26th of May, and it looks and sounds great. Stoke's Sign Company completed our door sign decal last week as well.
The cabinets are coming along well. We are having them painted a deep brown to contrast with the pale walls.
Lastly, our sound booth was built and calibrated in the last couple days, and we are so excited to put it to good use here in Lakeway!
All has been going well at Texas Hearing Clinic in Lakeway. We've been seeing the clinic start to take shape, and the vision is starting to become a reality. The following images show the progress as we are selecting all the essential pieces for our clinic's furniture.
Steve and I have been working tirelessly for the last several months to make the best hearing clinic in Texas. I want to walk you through the process, giving you a sneak peek of our new clinic.
We have some exciting news! We will be starting a new clinic in Lakeway Texas in summer of 2016. Right now we are working on the build-out and construction of the new state of the art facility. Steve and I will keep you up to date with the new clinic once we get closer to opening day.
What are your questions as a hearing patient? I'm going to answer questions I receive in the clinic on this blog over time. I'll start with two commonly asked questions:
Q: "Why is it that I can hear people but I can't understand them?"
A: A variation of this is "why do people always mumble?" Every individual's hearing loss is different, but the concept of hearing and understanding speech is a universal issue that everyone with even a slight hearing loss faces. When looking at the audiogram on this blog, you can see that the green speech sound "banana," an average representation of the loudness and frequency of all the speech sounds in the English language, is present from soft sounds on the low pitches to louder sounds in the mid pitches, then softer sounds in the high pitches. When a person has high frequency hearing loss, which is the most common hearing loss, he or she will lose the ability to catch the soft high pitch sounds like "f", "s", "th", and sometimes "k", "h", and "t." This will make it tricky for a person to understand the sentence "I sat on the fat cat." The individual will instead hear "I _a_ on the _a_ _a_." Well, if you didn't see the person sit on his fat cat, it's really hard to fill in those blanks with no other clues!
Context helps a person to fill in those blanks, but if they are talking to someone for the first time or about a novel subject, it can be hard to pull context out of thin air. When you have a hearing evaluation, this speech banana shown along with your audiogram can help you to understand what you're catching and what you're missing. You can always ask your audiologist about the "speech banana" and how it relates to your hearing. You'll definitely impress them.
Q: "Can I wear just one hearing aid?"
A: This is something that is very specific to each person. If you have the same amount of hearing in each ear, and your audiologist is advising hearing aids, it may seem like a nice idea to spend half the money to only aid one ear. Unfortunately, we have a good reason for advising you to wear two hearing devices. The auditory system is designed from the outside in to have input from both ears. First of all, our ears are shaped so we hear the people in front of us and up to 45 degrees to the right and left of us the best. Our auditory nerve and nerve pathway from our inner ear to the brain takes input from both ears and compares the loudness and timing of the input to determine where a sound is coming from and whether it is important (speech) or not (background noise like an AC). All of these advanced processes rely on bilateral hearing (two ears working together). Unbalanced hearing can reduce the success of the brain in distinguishing speech from noise because it doesn't have the benefit of two equal signals to compare.
There are exceptions to this rule, however. If you have one ear that is not aidable (you can't understand speech when the signal is turned up to maximum power) or you have only one ear with hearing loss, then a hearing device in one ear makes sense. However, these days, there are even solutions for those individuals who have single sided deafness. Contralateral routing of the signal can transmit the signal on the poorer hearing side over to the better hearing ear. This can help to make up for the challenge of an individual with single sided deafness understanding someone who is talking on his or her "bad" side. It may take some time to get used to this new process of bilateral hearing with one ear, but it can help make up for something that can otherwise create a challenge in group settings.
If you have any questions you want me to answer and think would benefit others, feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the question. I'm happy to answer all your hearing and balance questions!
Happy Monday to everyone. I have been seeing patients on Mondays through Wednesdays from 7:30 am to 5:30pm here in San Marcos, TX. If you want to schedule an appointment, you can call our number and dial 0 to reach me directly. If I am seeing a patient, I will call you back as soon as possible. As possible, I try to make same day and next day appointments. Thanks and I hope to answer all your questions on here in due time!
We are about to start the Texas Hearing Clinic in two weeks. We are applying for contracts with all the major insurance companies. This should take 3 to 6 months. The companies we are seeking to be in network with are: Medicare, Medicaid, United Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, TriCare, and worker's compensation. This process will take some time, but we will keep you updated with every step we take to be the best hearing clinic in the Central Texas area. Call if you have any questions about the steps you'll take as a new patient with Texas Hearing Clinic. Thanks for your patience and support as we begin this new journey!
I have been practicing as an audiologist for Central Texas Medical Center for the last two years, and it has been a wonderful experience. I've gotten to know a great community, and I've enjoyed developing relationships with the wonderful patients and the supportive physicians and practitioners in San Marcos.
We have decided to transition over to private practice from the Hearing Center at Live Oak Health Partners. Our goal in establishing a new presence in the community is to create a more personal experience for you, the patient, from the first call you make with us to the hearing evaluation and beyond. I want to give each patient the best, most straightforward and stress-free hearing care experience.
As such, you will see that we may have some growing pains in the beginning as we work out all the details. If you have any questions or concerns, we will want to hear from you. This new clinic will be all about your satisfaction as a patient.
As of now, we will be beginning our new clinic between July and August. I will keep you updated with any new developments. Thanks for your support, San Marcos. Here's to a new chapter.
I am Jasmine Burrington, and I am passionate about helping individuals with hearing loss. As someone who has endured a lifetime of hearing loss, I can lend an ear and listen to your challenges, in some cases provide coping mechanisms, and enlighten readers into the latest hearing loss research and technology.