Hearing & Balance

Dr. Colleen Benson

A t North Atlanta Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, Dr. Colleen Benson  provides comprehensive diagnostic services for hearing disorders for patients of all ages. Working alongside the doctors, she provides the best possible evaluation and treatment of hearing disorders and communication needs through hearing aid fitting and service, BAHA (bone-anchored hearing aid) fitting and service, as well as, cochlear implant programming.

Dr. Benson is fully licensed by the state of Georgia and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to provide comprehensive audiological services. Dr. Benson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders with Honors from San Diego State University.  She was awarded her Doctorate in Audiology from the Joint Doctoral Program in Audiology through San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Benson has experience diagnosing and treating a variety of hearing disorders in patients of all ages and continues to expand her knowledge of audiology by keeping informed of the newest scientific breakthroughs and cutting edge solutions for people with hearing disorders. She is a member of both the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Dr. Benson has a passion for educating patients about their hearing loss and providing every patient with personal, one-on-one care that allows the patient and their family to participate in the critical decisions regarding their hearing healthcare.

Our Audiologic services include:

  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations to determine hearing sensitivity
  • Tympanometry (a quick, reliable test of middle ear function; used in diagnosing various middle ear diseases including ear infections)
  • Otoacoustic emissions testing (OAEs) (a simple, non-invasive test for assessing the function of the cochlea and is one tool used for hearing screening in children)
  • Electrocochleography (ECochG) (diagnostic test used to look for cochlear hydrops including Meniere’s disease)
  • Epley Maneuver (to treat BPPV)
  • Cawthorne exercises (to treat BPPV)
  • Fitting of custom earmolds for water, hearing protection and music monitors
  • Hearing aid evaluations, fitting, follow-up and maintenance
  • BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid) evaluations, fitting, follow-up and maintenance
  • Cochlear Implant candidacy, selection, fitting, programming, follow-up and maintenance

We also can order the following test through Northside Hospital outpatient services.

  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) (a diagnostic test that looks at the brain’s response to sound through the level of the brainstem; this test looks at the neural integrity of the auditory system, as well as, monitors for hearing defects, especially in children)
  • Electro/Videonystagmography (ENG/VNG) (diagnostic test used to determine cause of balance dysfunction

Hearing Aid Information:

At North Atlanta Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, we know that few things are more important than being able to fully hear the precious sounds you cherish. If you or a loved one has been experiencing hearing loss, ringing in the ears or other difficulties in understanding speech, we are your first step to better hearing.

We offer affordable hearing aid solutions that utilize the most advanced hearing aid technology available. Our audiologist will assess the severity of the hearing loss, as well as, provide recommendations for affordable hearing aids if necessary.

Our goal is to utilize our experience, in combination with modern technology, to improve your hearing to its fullest ability.

Personal Factors to Consider when selecting a hearing aid:

1. Communication needs.
Before your hearing aid consultation, take some time to think about the situations you would most like to have improved with hearing aid use. Try to be as specific as possible. Do you want to hear your family more clearly? Is it difficult to hear the television or movies? Is telephone conversation difficult? Do you have a hard time hearing in background noise – like in a restaurant? Are there hobbies or group activities you have avoided because of your hearing loss?

Having a good understanding of the listening situations you are involved in gives the audiologist the opportunity to make the best hearing aid recommendation for your listening needs.

2. Handling.
The smaller the hearing aid, the smaller the controls and batteries. If your vision is poor or your fingers are not able to handle small controls, then you may want to consider larger hearing aids. If you do not like to fuss with controls, you may want to consider a hearing aid with more automatic features.

3. Appearance.
Hearing aids come in a wide variety of sizes and colors to best suit your personal taste and hearing loss. Not all sizes of hearing aids are appropriate for every person. You may prefer an in-the-ear hearing aid style or one that goes behind-the-ear. The degree of hearing loss and shape of your ear will determine what sizes are appropriate for you.

4. Technology.
Although most hearing aids today are digital, not all provide the same benefits. From manual controls to fully automatic hearing aids that adapt in noisy listening settings, there are many options from which to choose to meet your hearing needs and expectations.

5. Do you need two hearing aids?
Two ears are always better than one, so if you have hearing loss in both ears, you should consider wearing two hearing aids. Not because they make things twice as loud, but because – by mimicking the natural hearing process – they enable you to locate the direction from which the sound is coming. They also make it easier to understand what people are saying in noisy surroundings. Compared to one instrument, the overall sound quality and comfort from two is usually better.

6. Price.
Better hearing means a better quality of life, so you should view your hearing aid as an investment in yourself and your health. Depending on the technology of the hearing aid, the cost will vary. Financing is available.

Our Hearing Aid Services:

  • Hearing aid evaluations
  • Advanced diagnostic testing
  • Hearing aid dispensing/fitting
  • Yearly hearing instrument evaluations and re-programming if needed
  • Yearly hearing evaluations
  • Repairs-in-house and manufacturer repairs
  • Hearing aid programming for a wide variety of makes and models

Hearing Aid Vendors & Technology (Phonak, ReSound, Oticon):

 

Hearing Aid Vendors