Offering the best in service and technology since 2007
Southwest Florida Center for Hearing and Balance is equipped with state of the art, calibrated equipment to ensure that your hearing evaluation is as accurate as possible. All comprehensive audiological evaluations are performed in a controlled environment that has passed rigorous national standards. We provide a full range of assessments including traditional hearing evaluations, tympanometry, otoacoustic emissions, and high frequency audiometry. We also perform evaluations to determine cochlear implant candidacy.
After working with hearing impaired patients for 11 years, Valerie Washington, patient care coordinator, obtained her certification as an Audiology Assistant from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida She is trained and equipped to troubleshoot hearing aids to better serve our patients. Valerie has been an integral part of Southwest Florida Center for Hearing and Balance since its inception in 2007.
Once a hearing loss has been diagnosed a plan for rehabilitation must be prepared. This may or may not include being fitted with hearing aids. Dr. Nally will provide a comprehensive plan for helping patients hearing their best based on individual lifestyles and needs. If hearing aids are recommended, a full range of digital hearing instrument technology will be offered. With today’s technology this may include almost invisible completely in the canal technology, receiver in the canal technology (RIC) or even wireless technology that can communicate with external audio sources.
Every patient who decides to proceed with hearing aids will be afforded individual time learning how to use and care for his or her new devices. Dr. Nally will spend as much time as a patient needs to help him to understand his hearing loss, his hearing aids and the impact of hearing loss on oneself and one’s relationships. Patients and significant others will learn about appropriate expectations with his or her own hearing loss and hearing aids as well as be coached on better communication strategies when necessary. Each patient will have the opportunity to engage in a self-guided program to learn more about hearing and hearing aids.
In the general population dizziness and other related balance symptoms are the third leading symptom that warrants a doctor’s visit. In people over the age of 75, dizziness is the number one reason for going to the doctor! While a variety of causes exist that may be responsible for the dizziness, a great number of them stem from the vestibular system (the part of the inner ear that helps with balance and the nerves that connect to the brain).
With the skills that experience brings, in combination with infrared video technology, Dr. Nally will provide the core evaluations of the inner ear to identify abnormalities of the balance system. This will assist your physician or physical therapist in designing an appropriate plan for your care.