WHAT MAKES NORFOLK AUDIOLOGY DIFFERENT?
Helping people meet their hearing and communication goals doesn’t just help the person with hearing loss. The benefit spreads to family, to friends, to caregivers, and to people we meet every day.
We are blessed to be part of that journey by providing solutions for your hearing and communication needs and offer treatment for tinnitus.
We believe in patient-centered care.
We focus on your hearing and communication goals. It might be feeling more confident at your workplace, or to reduce anxiety over mishearing a social situation, or to find relief from tinnitus. Our treatment plan will always be focused on the situations that matter the most to you.
We follow evidence-based best practices.
This means we follow a set of procedures proven by research to achieve the best possible results for patients. You will get the most from your hearing aids with these methods. They ensure that we are properly meeting your hearing prescription.
We offer more than just the traditional hearing test.
The standard hearing test evaluates the sensitivity of the ear. For a more complete evaluation, we test your tolerance of sound and background noise, and we assess your ability to understand a variety of voices in the background noise. This gives us a better idea of how your brain is handling the information the ear is sending it. With these results and your goals for better hearing, we create a complete plan of care specifically designed for you.
We offer comprehensive hearing healthcare, including these services and more.
Hearing involves both having the ability to hear a sound and the ability to understand the sound. We administer comprehensive hearing evaluations that allow us to determine if hearing loss is present and, if so, the type of hearing loss and to provide treatment recommendations.
Tinnitus can be disruptive in many ways from a mild annoyance to interfering with your ability to focus or to rest. We offer comprehensive evaluations to help identify the underlying cause of your tinnitus and provide you with the best possible treatment options.
Finding the right hearing aid for your needs, lifestyle, and budget is important. We work with you to determine the best options for you, to ensure the best fit and setup, and to provide ongoing support as needed.
“One-size fits all” does not exist with hearing aids. We provide a variety of hearing aid models from several different manufacturers and work with you to find what works best for your hearing needs.
Assistive listening devices can help expand on and improve your hearing in a variety of situations. We work with your hearing goals and needs to make recommendations on what would work best for you.
“My appointment was very professional and Katie has the most updated equipment for her profession. She is a great listener and is very patient. I would recommend this office for your audiology needs here in Norfolk.”
– Chuck and Beth Rowse
“The professional service and expertise that Katie Gamerl has to offer at Norfolk Audiology is second to none! I highly recommend Norfolk Audiology for your hearing care! ”
– Ron Stech
“Dr. Gamerl is extremely caring and professional, willing to meet the needs of her patients. She will take the time to check and cross-check your equipment to make sure you are hearing the best you can. The staff approaches each individual with the same care.”
– Thomas McConnell
If you are willing to pay for audiology treatments out of pocket, you can self-refer to an audiologist. There is no need to contact a doctor if you self-refer. Before you may use your insurance to cover the consultation, testing, and other associated costs, you must first receive a doctor’s recommendation. While some audiology clinics do not accept walk-ins (except for current patients), others do. It is dependent on the clinic, therefore the best thing to do is call or contact your preferred clinic to save time and effort.
You may have your hearing examined privately without a doctor’s advice. Many independent hearing clinics provide walk-in hearing tests. However, if you want to use your insurance to fund your hearing test, either partially or totally, you must receive a recommendation since most insurance companies would require a referral as a basis for reimbursement.
Because the differences between audiologists and hearing aid specialists are minimal, it is natural to become confused about which expert you are visiting. However, there are some important differences in what these two professions can do for you. In essence, a hearing aid specialist may test your hearing and fit you with a hearing aid. Audiologists can assess and diagnose a larger range of hearing and balance problems. Audiologists are more specialized than hearing aid specialists, so your doctor may refer you to one to learn more about your specific case.
An audiologist is a doctorate-level specialist in the anatomy of hearing. To operate as a hearing aid dispenser, you must be certified and apply for a license, as well as have extensive training in working with hearing devices. An audiologist must have both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in audiology. Before the professional can get national certification and state license, he or she must complete a supervised externship. An audiologist may be more suited for more medically related services such as balance issues, earwax impactions, and noise-induced hearing loss.
Hearing sounds that do not have an external source is known as tinnitus. Tinnitus sounds usually manifest as ringing, buzzing, whistling, humming, or thumping. Typically, underlying conditions like hearing loss brought on by aging, ear injuries, or circulatory system issues