Crozer-Keystone Health System Expands Audiology Services - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on September 27, 2013

Crozer-Keystone Health System Expands Audiology Services

Patients of all ages – from newborns to older adults – may now take advantage of expanded audiology services through Crozer-Keystone Health System, including comprehensive hearing aid support at all four hospital sites.

The four CKHS hospitals – which include Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, and Springfield Hospital in Springfield – all offer individualized care by skilled audiologists, who provide hearing evaluations and can order, fit and service hearing aids for patients who need them.

“Sometimes, people are reluctant to ask their care providers about hearing aids, either because of the cost, or because they’re concerned about how they might look,” says Carla DeWald, administrative director for CKHS Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. “We pride ourselves on taking the time to understand our patients’ needs and find the device that’s right for them. We won’t pressure them to buy anything they don’t want or need. In this way, we are able to help manage costs and help patients improve their hearing, which is the ultimate goal.”

Even though people are sometimes hesitant to seek treatment for their hearing issues, the fact is that hearing loss is very common. According to the Center for Hearing and Communication, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people with hearing loss:

  • Thirty to 40 percent of people over age 65 have some type of hearing loss
  • Fifteen percent of children between the ages of 6-19 have a measurable hearing loss in at least one ear
  • A mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50 percent of classroom discussion

To help identify and treat a variety of hearing disorders, Crozer-Keystone offers a number of different services and evaluations, including:

  • Newborn hearing screenings and follow-up
  • Comprehensive evaluations and specialty testing for disorders such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Evaluation of central auditory processing disorders, which may impact the ability of adults and school-aged children to learn and to concentrate, and are sometimes associated with concussions
  • Help for balance and dizziness disorders

DeWald points out that beyond helping us to hear, our ears are involved in other important functions as well, such as balance, and helping our brains to process information.

“Many people think, ‘I hear fine,’” DeWald says. “They don’t always think of balance or the interpretation by the brain as it relates to the functioning of their ears.”

These and many other hearing-related issues are addressed by Crozer-Keystone’s skilled audiologists, who can diagnose potential problems and get people on the right track if treatment is needed. Having the use of all of the senses is so important to help children develop optimally and to help people of all ages enjoy the best possible quality of life, DeWald says.

To make an appointment at Crozer-Chester Medical Center (Upland), Springfield Hospital (Springfield), or Taylor Hospital (Ridley Park), call (610) 447-2044. For Delaware County Memorial Hospital (Drexel Hill), call (610) 284-8570. Or, visit us at Audiology Services on the Crozer-Keystone website.

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