Hearing
and balance disorders

  

Tinnitus

Many individuals suffer from tinnitus (ringing or roaring in the ears). Typical causes of tinnitus are hearing impairment, diseases of the ear, accumulation of ear wax, noise exposure, stress or fatigue, high blood pressure, or excessive use of certain drugs (e.g. aspirin).

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Hearing Aids


The majority of people with hearing loss are hearing aid candidates. The hearing aid that will work best for you depends on the type and severity of your hearing loss. If you have a hearing loss in both of your ears, two hearing aids are generally recommended because two aids provide a more natural signal to the brain. Hearing in both ears also will help you understand speech and locate sounds more easily.

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Hearing Loss Prevention

Excessive persistent loud noise exposure (ex: power tools; loud music concerts) or sudden blasts (ex: explosions, shotguns) can cause permanent and irreversible damage to the hearing system called sensorineural hearing loss. 

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Our Audiologists

Kelley Ainsworth Powell, MCD, CCC-A has been a Clinical Audiologist since 1996. She earned her Masters of Communication Disorders degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, LA and her Bachelors From LSU Baton Rouge. A native of Baton Rouge, Ms. Ainsworth Powell stresses the importance of staying active and involved in the community. She is Louisiana State licensed, and holds credentials in the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Kallie R. LeBourgeois, Au.D., CCC-A has been a Clinical Audiologist since 2016. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, LA and her Bachelors From LSU Baton Rouge. Raised in the New Orleans area, Dr. LeBourgeois believes that good hearing health is vital in proper communication between family and friends.  She is Louisiana State licensed, and holds credentials in the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). 

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Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects approximately 28 million people in the United States (about 1 out of 10 individuals). Hearing loss among seniors is the third most common treatable health problem in the United States, behind arthritis and hypertension. 

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