OHS is pleased to offer the audiology services of Brandalyn Breeden, Au.D. As part of our team, Dr. Breeden provides diagnostic and hearing aid services at both OHS locations or at your facility using state-of-the-art laptop-based mobile testing equipment. She works closely with OHS physicians to ensure compliance with OSHA standards and regulations for all occupation-related hearing evaluations.
Due to an aging workforce and lack of insurance coverage for hearing aids, Dr. McElligott and Dr. Breeden have designed a hearing aid program to help control the cost of hearing aids, allowing access to excellent devices at more affordable rates than the private sector through payroll deduction. OHS’ new hearing aid program offers access to top-of-the-line hearing instruments and hearing services at competitive rates.
If you have any questions, would like to schedule a comprehensive hearing examination, would like to discuss hearing aid options for you or a loved one, or are interested in exploring the hearing services we can provide for your company, please feel free to contact Dr. Breeden by calling either office location or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
A message from Dr. Breeden:
Hearing aids and hearing aid technology, much like computers, are advancing at a remarkable speed. Years of research and technological advancement have allowed manufacturers from all over the globe to engineer incredible devices to meet the hearing needs of almost every individual with hearing impairment. Hearing aids today come in many different shapes and sizes. For example, there are two major categories of hearing aids: in-the-ear (ITE) and behind-the-ear (BTE) devices. From those categories comes a much broader spectrum of devices, from larger, more powerful BTE hearing aids for those with severe hearing loss, to completely-in-the-canal devices for those with mild hearing loss that are looking for a more subtle, cosmetically appealing device. Different sizes and styles are suitable for different individual hearing needs.
A common misconception is that hearing aids are “one size fits all” devices. Hearing aids today are digital, meaning they are programmed via computer software to the meet the specific audiological needs of each patient. In other words, one person’s hearing aids may look identical to another person’s hearing aids, but the way those hearing aids are programmed to process sound is as unique as your own fingerprints. Even for one person with differing degrees of hearing loss between ears, each hearing aid should be programmed to perform in a different manner than the other, based on the patient’s hearing needs for each ear. This allows for a more “balanced” perception of sound.
In order to choose the right hearing aids for you, it is recommended that you consult a licensed audiologist that will perform a comprehensive hearing exam, as well as evaluate different styles of hearing aids that may be appropriate for your hearing needs and lifestyle. And as always, you should NEVER place another individual’s hearing aids in your own ears -you could potentially cause irreversible damage to your hearing!
Feel free to explore the websites below for basic hearing and hearing aid information:
Brandalyn F. Breeden, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
OHS Director of Clinical Audiology