Your hearing is important. It is recommended that you receive a full diagnostic hearing test annually. A hearing test includes otoscopy-a visual inspection of your ear canal using an otoscope; pure tone audiometry-a tonal response test to determine hearing sensitivity and, in the the case of hearing loss, determine the type; and speech audiometry-a speech understanding test used to predict how well you understand words at a comfortable loudness level.
At Sound Access your hearing test results will be explained to you in detail and you will be given a copy of your audiogram-a graphic representation of your results.
Cerumen, or earwax, is naturally produced by the ears and helps to lubricate our ear canals and prevent debris from getting too far down the ear canal. Earwax typically clears itself from our ears, but in some instances can accumulate, especially if you wear earplugs or in-ear monitors for long periods, which can cause earache, tinnitus, decreased hearing, or ear fullness. If a blockage occurs, it may need to be removed, especially before an ear mold impression or ear scan can be taken or before testing your hearing. Depending on the severity of the blockage this can be done by our audiologist.
The ear mold impression process is vital for fitting custom ear pieces. Ear mold impressions must be done correctly to guarantee proper fit allowing your ear pieces and/or monitors to function properly. Ear mold impressions should be done by a skilled practitioner to ensure safety and accuracy. Our audiologist, Dr. Gleghorn, has training and experience in making proper impressions of your ear.
Sound Access offers a wide range of custom and universal-fit hearing protection earpieces as well as musician in-ear monitors, earphones, sleep plugs, swim plugs, communication adapter earpieces, stethoscope adapters, and racing headsets. Sound Access has models and demos available of the products we carry, as well as expert advise to make sure you find the right product to meet your listening needs.
Sound Access will travel to you. Venues, rehearsal spaces, studios, offices, or other arrangements can be made for ear mold impressions, product demonstrations, and even hearing examinations. Or come see us at one of the events we attend throughout the year. Serving St. Louis and the surrounding areas. Arrangements can also be made for appointments in Springfield, MO.
Other locations may be available upon request. (Additional travel fee may apply).
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Mobile and Concierge Services
Sound Access offers cleaning and care services for your custom or universal-fit in-ear monitors. We will clean any wax and debris out of the earpieces using a vacuum pump designed for use with electronic earpieces. We will use a drying system to remove moisture build-up inside the earpieces. Your in-ear monitors will also get a once over with cleaning cloths safe to use on in-ears. Keeping your in-ears dry and clear of wax and debris is essential to increasing their longevity and performance, so make sure to ask about products we offer that you can use day-to-day to take care of your monitors in between cleanings with us.
Let Sound Access partner with your company or organization to bring hearing healthcare services to your group, with opportunities for hearing examinations, hearing wellness education, and ear mold impressions and hearing protection fittings. We would love to attend your next event, including expos, health and wellness fairs, and concerts and music festivals to bring participants hearing wellness information and services.
Additional Audiological Tests Available
Ear Scanning/Ear Imaging
In-Ear Monitor Verification coming soon!
Additional audiological tests coming soon......................................
Coming June 2020! Ear scanning, also known as ear imaging, is a unique and engaging experience that offers a safe, comfortable, and technology forward way to take obtain a 3D model of your ear that can be used to order custom-fit products. 3D scans are less invasive than traditional methods of ear mold impressions with less inherent risk. 3D ear scanning captures deep ear canal data more comfortably than tradition ear mold impressions.
MusiCares Sound Access is proud to work with MusiCares' Hearing Protection Initiative. Contact MusiCares at 212-245-7840 for more information. https://www.grammy.com/musicares/about
Hearing Healthcare Education
In-Ear Monitor Cleaning Services
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Hearing Aid Services
Hearing Aid Consultations & Evaluations
Tympanometry is a safe way to take objective measures of the middle ear system. The tympanometer records the energy transmission (admittance) and plots results on a graph (tympanogram). Tympanometry provides information to help detect conditions or disorders of the middle ear.
Acoustic reflex (the reflexive contraction of the middle-ear muscles in response to sound stimulation) measurements provide information about the middle and inner ear, as well as eighth and seventh nerve pathways.
Hearing Protection Verification
Extended High Frequency Testing
Hearing Protection Verification coming July 2021!
Dr. Gleghorn is available to discuss a wide range of topics related to your hearing healthcare, including hearing loss prevention, risk of noise induced hearing loss in industry and risk of music induced hearing loss. In addition to contacting her individually to have your questions answered, she is available to come speak to your organization, class, club, association, company, or other group in person or virtually.
In-Ear Monitor Verification
Middle Ear Testing
Ear Mold Impressions
Product Consultations & Demonstrations
A traditional hearing examination tests the octave frequency bands of 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, and 8000 Hz, as well as inter-octave bands at 3000 Hz and 6000 Hz and, if needed, at 750 and 1500 Hz. At Sound Access we recognize that many of the individuals we work with are interested in knowing how they are hearing past 8000 Hz. We offer testing in the extended high frequency range with testing at 9000, 10000, 11200, 12500, 14000, 16000, 18000, and 20000 Hz. Testing extended high frequencies can be useful in developing your unique hearing healthcare wellness plan.
At Sound Access your results will be explained to you in detail and you will be given a copy of your audiogram-a graphic representation of your results.
Tinnitus Evaluations & Management
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