A standard hearing test measures the sensitivity of a person’s hearing across the full range of speech (250-8000Hz). The goal is to measure the quietest sound that can be heard at several points across the speech range to determine any potential issues.
A comprehensive hearing test builds on the standard test by adding bone-conduction hearing tests and speech tests. These tests help the doctors at LAENT diagnose middle ear problems and determine hearing acuity, They can also help find other potential issues that could be missed through the standard hearing test.
A Tympanogram is a graphic representation of how the eardrum moves in response to the air pressure in the ear canal. The purpose of tympanometry is to assess the state of the middle ear. Doctors at LAENT often use tympanograms alongside hearing tests to determine the hearing health of the patient.
OAEs are sounds given off by the tiny hairs of your inner ear when responding to a sound. The test measures the presence of those sounds to determine inner ear damage. It is conducted in silence, with a probe and a microphone placed in the ear to monitor the sound.
Hearing loss can be sudden or gradual. It is one of the most common conditions in older adults; nearly half of those over 70 have trouble hearing. Because of this, many people think of hearing loss as something that only affects the elderly.
However, noise exposure, diabetes, and myriad other factors can lead to hearing loss at any age. No matter how old you are, having an audiogram establishes your current baseline for your hearing, so that audiologists have something to compare to in the future to determine if you might need a hearing aid.
If you do find out that you need a hearing aid, here are some of the reputable brands we carry at LAENT:
Resound is among the world’s largest hearing aid manufacturers. Resound developed the first made-for-iPhone hearing aid, and continues to excel in hearing aid connectivity and audibility.
Starkey Hearing Technologies is a US-based leader in manufacturing and delivering hearing solutions. The Starkey Hearing Foundation has provided more than 1.5 million hearing aids to people in need worldwide.
Phonak is a Swiss company that has been committed to developing, producing, and distributing life-changing hearing solutions for over 70 years. Phonak challenges the limits of technology to overcome difficult listening environments.
Oticon was founded more than a century ago, based on a compassion for people and the role hearing plays in their lives. That compassion still guides the brand today.
Based in Denmark, Widex designs, develops, and manufactures industry-leading digital hearing aids. Originally founded as a family-owned company, Widex today is part of the WS Audiology family as a result of its 2019 merger with Sivantos (alongside Signia).
Surf or Swim plugs are custom-fitted floatable silicone plugs that let some sound in and keep water out. Swim & Surf plugs are suitable for surfing, swimming, kayaking, diving, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and other water activities.Learn More
For musicians and music aficionados that want to protect their ears without sacrificing audio fidelity, Musician & Concert plugs are the ideal solution. Protect your ears and rock on!Learn More
Living in the LA County area, we are not strangers to excess noise while trying to sleep! Sleep plugs keep a low profile, and sit a bit deeper in the ear canal to allow side-sleepers to rest comfortably.Learn More
Audiophiles are some of our favorite patients here at LACHB! If you are already treating yourself with top-notch earphones, we can help improve your listening experience exponentially with fitted custom earphones. This is a natural way to cancel noise while improving the fidelity of your earphones.Learn More
In-Ear Monitors, or ‘In-Ears,’ are a special category of headphones commonly worn by live performers. While traditional headphones deliver sound over the ear, in-ear monitors transmit sound through tiny pieces in the ear canal. The acoustic benefits of a hermetic seal greatly improve the listening experience!Learn More
Tinnitus is commonly described as a ringing in the ears, but it can sound like roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing. It may be soft or loud, high-pitched or low-pitched. You might hear it in either one or both ears.
If you’ve experienced persistent or even temporary tinnitus LA Center for Hearing and Balance audiologists can help you track it and define it. This will help determine methods to alleviate the intensity of your tinnitus if and when it comes back, and promote a healthier lifestyle in the process.
Good intentions to keep ears clean may be risking your ability to hear. The ear canal is a delicate and intricate area, including the outer skin and ESPECIALLY the eardrum. Therefore, special care should be given to this part of the body.
Start by discontinuing the use of cotton-tipped applicators and the habit of probing your own ears. At LACHB, we consider cerumen removal, also known as earwax removal to be an essential service we proudly provide to the LA County community.
Your vestibular system includes organs, nerves, and structures that reside in your inner ear. Simply put, it is your body’s main center of balance. Because of this, audiologists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat vestibular disorders that cause vertigo, dizziness and loss of balance.
Audiologists, alongside ENT doctors and Neurologists, are experts in helping patients rehabilitate from vestibular disorders such as BPPV or Meniere’s Disease. They can help improve gaze and posture stability, perform canalith repositioning maneuvers, and alongside ENT doctors, treat labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis.
Dr. Anish Thakkar is originally from New York City, and specializes in amplification, tinnitus management, and hearing protection. Dr. Thakkar is a proud alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied International Studies & Japanese.
After a brief career in freelance translation and international education, he moved to sunny San Diego to earn the Au.D. at UC San Diego & San Diego State University. He completed his residency at the UNC Hearing & Communication Center, worked abroad in Tokyo, and returned to California to join an Oakland-based private practice in 2017.
He moved down to LA from SF in 2020, and in his free time enjoys cooking, concerts, language exchange, and playing the dhol – a North Indian folk drum. He loves his neighborhood of Echo Park & Chinatown, and can be found exploring their numerous parks and restaurants on weekends. Dr. Thakkar often incorporates ALDs (Assistive Listening Devices) into customized hearing solutions for his patients, and presented his research on ALDs at the American Academy of Audiology annual conference in Indianapolis. He is happy to provide an Audiological consultation in English, Spanish, Japanese, or Hindi!
Dr. Thakkar is a preferred provider for JH Audio and Ultimate Ears, and has since continued to strive towards a brand of patient-centered care and Audiological excellence.