Audiology

Audiology

Find out below how Providence Medical Center’s highly experienced audiologist can help you with:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Hearing Evaluations
  • Hearing Aid

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Read the the most recent Can You HEAR me Now Audiology Newsletter and learn valuable information on allergies and hearing loss and emegencies and hearing loss.

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For referrals for a hearing test, if you have Medicare insurance, you will need a referral from your physician. If you do not have a physician please visit our Providence Medical Group page for more information. If you have any other type of insurance you may call the Saint John audiologist directly at 913-680-6180 to set up an appointment.

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Hearing Loss

The ability to communicate is our most human characteristic. When you cannot communicate, isolation from friends, family and society often occurs. Hearing loss now ranks as the nation’s number one physical impairment, affecting more than 36 million Americans. Half of those are under age 65, according to the Better Hearing Institute.

Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises, ear infections, trauma, or ear disease; harm to the inner ear and ear drum, illness or certain medications, and deterioration due to the normal aging process. The amount of noise Americans are exposed to today also plays an important role in the recent increase of hearing loss across the nation.

You may need to have your hearing checked if you:

  • Have problems hearing in restaurants or at social gatherings.
  • Keep to yourself in noisy environments.
  • Have difficulty talking to people if you can’t see their faces.
  • Turn the TV or radio up too loud.

Mary Dutton, Au.D., an audiologist with Saint John Hospital Audiology Services, is a professional with advanced training and more than 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating hearing loss. She has a clinical doctorate degree in audiology and is licensed by the state of Kansas. Find out how she can help you hear better. Call Saint John Hospital Rehabilitation Services at 913-680-6180.

Hearing Evaluations

It is important that a hearing loss be evaluated by an audiologist, a hearing health professional who can identify and assess disorders of the hearing and balance systems of children and adults.

Audiology Services at Saint John Hospital provides comprehensive diagnostic testing and aural rehabilitation for children and adults. Our hearing evaluations are:

Conducted in a soundproof booth.

  • Determine hearing sensitivity to pure tones and speech.
  • Assess infants as young as newborn.
  • Test toddlers and young children with a more comprehensive procedure.

Saint John Audiology Services also offers:

  • Tympanometry, which evaluates the eardrum and middle ear using pressure measures.
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER), which determines hearing sensitivity in newborns and difficult-to-test children and adults.
  • Non-invasive technique that identifies brainstem tumors.
  • Otoacoustic Emissions Testing:, a test of hearing that does not require a response from infants and young children.

Mary Dutton, Au.D., an audiologist with Saint John Hospital Audiology Services, is a professional with advanced training and more than 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating hearing loss. She has a clinical doctorate degree in audiology and is licensed by the state of Kansas. Find out how she can help you hear better. Call Saint John Hospital Rehabilitation Services at 913-680-6180.

Hearing Aids

Audiologists select, fit, and dispense hearing systems such as hearing aids and related devices; program cochlear implants; and provide instruction, rehabilitation, and counseling services to enhance communication for individuals with hearing loss.

Audiology Services at Saint John Hospital offers:

  • Entry level hearing aids, which are very affordable.
  • All hearing aids are provided with a 30-day trial period. Patients may return the aid within 30 days if they do not experience improvement in hearing.
  • Digital hearing aids and hearing aid repair service.
  • Technology which is compatible with cell phones and other electronic devices.
  • Hearing aids which may improve many types of hearing loss, including nerve disorders.

Mary Dutton, Au.D., an audiologist with Saint John Hospital Audiology Services, is a professional with advanced training and more than 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating hearing loss. She has a clinical doctorate degree in audiology and is licensed by the state of Kansas. Find out how she can help you hear better. Call Saint John Hospital Rehabilitation Services at 913-680-6180.