Outpatient Hearing Clinic at RCH
- When: 1st and 4th Tuesday of every month*
- Provider: AnnMarie Kinsella, HIS of ASI Beltone
- To schedule an appointment: call (641) 782-2494. Referrals can be faxed to (641) 782-8240.
*Schedule is subject to change. Please view the current month’s schedule for the latest updates.
*The audiologist does not currently accept Medicaid. Please call (641) 782-2494 to verify if your insurance provider is accepted.
ASI Beltone partners with Ringgold County Hospital to offer the latest hearing aid technology. They specialize in comprehensive hearing evaluations, work with you on selecting the best hearing devices for your specific needs, and provide ongoing care for you and your hearing aids as long as you own them. AnnMarie Kinsella, Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) is with ASI Beltone the 1st and 4th Tuesday of every month. To schedule an appointment, call their office directly at (641) 782-2494.
What Is Audiology?
Audiology is the study and science surrounding hearing – specifically, the evaluation, assessment, and measurement of hearing loss. This type of specialized medical care is performed by a licensed audiologist who is trained to diagnose, treat, and help prevent hearing problems in patients of all ages, from infants to seniors.
Audiologists provide a variety of auditory services, including:
- Conducting diagnostic hearing exams
- Custom-fitting hearing aids and other assistive devices
- Checking for ear infections and removing wax buildup
- Developing hearing conservation programs
- Helping patients with tinnitus manage their symptoms
It is the audiologist’s aim to identify the extent of a patient’s hearing loss, guide patients in the selection of an appropriate hearing aid or device, and to help prevent further hearing loss, when possible.
With the specialty outpatient audiology clinic at Ringgold County Hospital, we have created an opportunity to reconnect those in our community with the sounds they’re missing and improve their quality of life.
When to Seek Help for Hearing Loss
The first step in reclaiming your hearing is to pinpoint the problem or source of loss. If you feel like you have struggled to hear for too long and it’s beginning to impact your life and interactions with those around you, it’s time to seek audiology care.
When is the right time to schedule an appointment with an audiologist? Here are some questions that can help you begin a conversation about your hearing. If you can answer yes to more than one question below, consider making an appointment at the RCH specialty outpatient audiology clinic.
- Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
- Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
- Do you have to strain to understand conversations?
- Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
- Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
- Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
- Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
- Do others hear sounds that you can’t hear?
- Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy environment?
- Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
- Do others say they think you might have hearing loss?
Hearing occurs due to a complex network of tiny structures in the ears. A problem with any part of the process can result in hearing loss. The loss you may be experiencing may range from mild to severe. It may have come on suddenly, or gradually seemed to worsen over time.
Hearing Aids & Testing in Mount Ayr, IA
To discover exactly how much you may be missing due to hearing loss, schedule your appointment at the audiology outpatient clinic at Ringgold County Hospital. It can be the very thing that helps you reconnect to the world around you.