Hearing Loss Specialist

Priority Hearing and Tinnitus

Audiology located in Maricopa, AZ & San Tan Valley, AZ

The top treatment for hearing loss is a hearing aid, but you’ll get more than that from the team at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus in Maricopa and San Tan Valley, Arizona. Devin Anderson, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, and the dedicated providers do more than amplify sound with a hearing aid. They begin with a state-of-the-art hearing exam, and then they treat your entire hearing system, including retraining your brain’s hearing skills. To learn more about their exceptional hearing loss treatment or to schedule a hearing evaluation, call one of the offices or use the online booking feature.

Hearing Loss Q & A

What type of hearing loss might I develop?

There are three primary types of hearing loss:

Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound waves can’t reach your inner ear. Problems such as fluid in your middle ear, excessive earwax, ear infections, and eardrum damage cause this type of hearing loss.

Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural loss develops when your inner ear or auditory nerve is damaged. This type of hearing loss is permanent and aging, exposure to loud sounds or music, and injuries are often the cause.

Mixed hearing loss

You can have conductive and sensorineural hearing loss at the same time, which is called mixed hearing loss.

What symptoms indicate I need a hearing evaluation?

Hearing loss often occurs so gradually that you may not notice early signs of a problem. Having a hard time hearing high-pitched sounds is one of the first signs for most patients.

Other red flags include:

  • Having difficulty hearing over the phone
  • Asking people to speak up or repeat what they said
  • Needing to turn up the TV volume
  • Struggling to hear due to background noise
  • Thinking that others are mumbling

You may also have a hard time following conversations when two or more people are talking.

What should I expect during a hearing examination?

Your evaluation at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus begins with your provider listening to your concerns, struggles, and objectives. Then they check for potential medical problems by performing full tympanometry to test your eardrum and bones in the middle ear.  

The next part of your hearing evaluation is the traditional pure tone beeping test, followed by word testing to see how well you can hear in quiet and noisy places.

During your hearing exam, your provider may talk with you about the relationship between hearing loss and dementia. Hearing loss is associated with a significantly greater risk of dementia. Identifying and treating your hearing loss can prevent or reverse cognitive decline.

How do audiologists treat hearing loss?

In most cases, your provider at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus treats the underlying condition to restore conductive hearing loss. For permanent hearing loss, they believe in treating your entire hearing system.

They don’t just sell a hearing aid; they provide a comprehensive training program that: 

  • Improves your ability to understand speech
  • Improves your ability to hear in background noise
  • Improves your ability to listen using brain stimulation

As your hearing declines, your brain loses the ability to focus on sounds. With brain training, you can teach your brain to process speech sounds. 

To schedule a hearing examination, call Priority Hearing and Tinnitus or use the online booking feature.