The Local Hearing Healthcare Experts That Help You to Hear The Life That You Love

Trusted by Thousands of Local People and Lead Physicians for Delivering the Most Advanced Audiological Care in Alaska

Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center
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“A Personal Message from Dr. Emily McMahan”

“The worst part of hearing loss is that it doesn’t just impact your ability to hear, but it also impacts the enjoyment of the things that uniquely craft who you are.

“I set up Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center to help our special part of the world to understand that hearing loss is rarely a sign that something is broken, but it is often a sign of somebody that lives an experience-rich life that their ears have struggled to keep up with.

“My team and I now spend our time helping local people to hear the life that they love and confidently return to what makes them happy.

“With multiple award wins and a reputation for delivering the most advanced audiological hearing healthcare by adopting the cutting edge in clinical best practices, we’re trusted by thousands of local people, multiple generations of families, and the state’s best physicians.

“With you and your experience being at the forefront of every decision, we were the first licensed audiologists to proudly serve patients remotely in 2018 to ensure that regardless of where you are in Alaska, you can access the highest level of hearing healthcare.

“If you or a loved one is experiencing any hearing challenges, has ringing in the ears, or has any hearing-related concerns, then my hand on heart promise to you is that we’re here for you.

“We look forward to meeting you!”

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The Ways We Can Help You

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Why Hearing Loss is So Difficult to Self-Diagnose

The biggest reason that so many people are walking around with an untreated hearing loss and a limited ability to connect is because self-diagnosing a hearing loss is very difficult.

With hearing loss often being very gradual and slow, the incremental day-to-day differences are almost impossible to notice, with no way to compare your level of hearing today to what it was yesteryear. This is why our loved ones are often the first people that notice our hearing challenges.

The problem with an untreated hearing loss is that it continues to worsen until addressed, with many people waiting several years between first experiencing hearing challenges and taking any form of meaningful action.

We’re passionate about raising awareness for the importance of regular hearing testing, with hearing loss recently listed as the third most common physical condition in the US and the World Health Organization predicting that hearing loss cases will double by 2050.

If you or a loved one is concerned about your hearing, then the first step is to have a comprehensive hearing assessment. It’s quick, non-invasive, and you’ll be able to receive accurate results right after the short test.

HOW IT WORKS

Alaska’s Only Full Service Tinnitus Management

If you have been experiencing a ringing, buzzing, or humming sound in your ears, you’ll know just how frustrating and debilitating this can be.

Nothing can stop you from hearing the life that you love more than a continuous high-pitched sound that prevents you from being able to enjoy the special moments.

As Alaska’s only full service tinnitus management service, our team is trained on how to address hearing challenges through a methodical management process. Masking is not tinnitus management.

Whereas many hearing care providers would promise that prescription hearing aids are the only solution, the truth is that in many cases, they are not and only marginally help to manage the challenges that you’re facing. Our approach doesn’t just put a band-aid on the problem, but it also helps you to successfully manage it in your everyday life.

Whether you have had tinnitus challenges for a long time or you’re new to them, we strongly encourage you to schedule a conversation so that we can explain how you can receive the right help.

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Advanced Technology Hearing Aids That Fit Your Lifestyle

When someone brings up the subject of hearing aids, you probably get nervous, recalling those bulky, fastidious gadgets worn by your parents or grandparents.

Fortunately, modern hearing aids are nothing like those outdated devices thanks to advancements in micro-digital technology. Similar to how cell phones and televisions perform far better than they did a decade past, hearing aids are also more powerful and produce sound clarity far beyond older analogue devices.

Today’s hearing aids allow for greater wearing discretion because they are smaller, lightweight, and go completely unnoticed. Other features of modern digital hearing aids are more powerful, longer lasting, feature rechargeable batteries, as well as the capability to link your hearing aids to your smartphone, television, computer, and other digital devices for an enhanced hearing experience.

Learn more about advanced hearing aid technology available from Alaska Hearing and Tinnitus Center.

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The 6 signs that the man in your life might have a hearing loss free guide

FREE DOWNLOAD: THE 6 SIGNS THAT THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE MIGHT HAVE A HEARING LOSS

With hearing loss impacting 1 in 5 of us, the data suggests that at least one special person in our lives are struggling with hearing loss. The challenge is that it's often difficult for these people to admit that they have a challenge with their hearing or be open to seeking help.

That's why we have developed a free white-paper to help you to understand the different ways that you can support a loved one and encourage them to get the help that they need.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

#1. Is there a connection between COVID and hearing loss and, is hearing loss a symptom of COVID?

Based on published case reports, it appears that sudden hearing loss is rarely a symptom of coronavirus onset. What does appear to be a little more common (though still rare) is developing hearing loss, tinnitus or dizziness later in the infection process, meaning these issues are not part of the initial onset of symptoms but develop days to weeks later. A February 2021 systematic review that pooled together data on auditory complications estimated that:

  • 7.6% of people report hearing loss
  • 14.8% report tinnitus
  • 7.2% report vertigo

#2. Can earwax cause hearing loss?

Earwax can cause a “temporary” hearing loss if it is fully occluding the ear canal. This temporary hearing loss can be fixed by removing the earwax in question. An audiologist has special tools to remove earwax successfully. In our office, we can remove wax using two different methods. Manual removal via instrumentation under microscope, as well as irrigation.

#3. What happens if I have sudden hearing loss in one ear?

A sudden hearing loss is considered an emergency and needs to be addressed immediately. The first step to getting treatment is to schedule a hearing evaluation as soon as possible. Our office leaves space in our daily schedule for emergency appointments.

#4. What is Sensorineural hearing loss?

Sensorineural hearing loss is hearing loss that occurs due to damage to the inner ear. This is a permanent hearing loss.

#5. What are the causes of conductive hearing loss?

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound cannot travel through the outer or middle ear. This can be due to various reasons, including earwax, and ear infection, or an issue with the middle ear bones.

#6. What are the key things to look out for when choosing where to have a hearing test?

Who is performing the test? What are their qualifications? Are they board certified?

#7. How trustworthy are online hearing tests?

Online hearing tests may be a useful screening tool to determine if a patient needs to be seen for a comprehensive hearing evaluation. They are not performed in a controlled sound environment (ie: sound booth), and do not include masking, WRS, etc. They also don’t address tinnitus, aural fullness, dizziness/vertigo, or hyperacusis concerns.

Dr Emily and Ashley Oliver

Anchorage

(907) 522-4357

Eagle River

(907) 522-4357