Our sense of hearing plays an essential role in our connection to family, friends, co-workers and community. We understand the impact that losing your hearing can have on your enjoyment of daily activities as well as relationships. That’s why we offer personalized hearing care that includes diagnostic evaluations, education and rehabilitation, to ensure you get exactly the care you need, when you need it, close to home.
Audiology services include:
- Hearing assessments for adults and children
- Evaluation and fitting of hearing aids
- Evaluation and fitting of hearing protection devices
- Custom-fitted swim and cell phone earpieces
- Assisted listening devices, such as alarms, amplified telephones, television listening devices and other technologies
Hearing Aid Accessories
We offer quality, economical hearing aid batteries (by the pack or case), audiowipes, dehumidifiers, wax guards and wax loops at the Decorah Clinic reception desk on the lower level of the clinic. Not sure if hearing aids are right for you? Ask about a hearing aid demonstration.
Caring for your hearing aids
Blue = Left
Red = Right
Hearing aid dehumidifier
- Every night, open battery door to turn hearing aid off and place in hearing aid dehumidifier.
- Once weekly, microwave dehumidifier disc screen side up 20-30 seconds. DO NOT put hearing aids in the microwave.
Store hearing aids on dresser, night stand, desk – away from the bathroom.
Wear your hearing aids most waking hours.
Remove hearing aids
- When you go to bed at night,
- When you bathe or shower or
- To protect your ears around loud sounds and use appropriate ear protection
Hearing aid not working?
- Check/change battery
- Check/change wax filter
- Schedule an appointment: 563-382-2911
Protect Your Hearing
- Wear your hearing protection properly.
- Wear them every time you’re in a noisy area.
- Change your earplugs daily or on the recommended schedule.
- Do not listen to a personal music player when you’re in a noise zone.
- For musicians and concert attendees, consider filtered or musician ear plugs for better sound quality while protecting your hearing.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle eating right and exercising.
- Avoid social isolation, stay involved with social activities.
If you have questions regarding hearing protection, make an appointment with Dr. See at Winneshiek Medical Center Decorah Clinic: 563-382-2911.
Signs of Hearing Loss
What are the signs of hearing loss?
- Lack of attention to sounds (birth-1 year)
- Does not respond when you call his/her name (7 months-1 year)
- Does not follow simple directions (1-2 years)
- Shows delays in speech and language development (birth-3 years)
- Pulls or scratches at his/her ears
- Difficulty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
- Socially isolated and unhappy in school
- Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes)
- Buzzing or ringing in their ears
- Failure to respond to spoken words
- Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant
- listening to electronics at high volumes)
- Muffled hearing
- Constant frustration hearing speech and other sounds
- Avoids conversation
- Social isolation
Cynthia See, Au.D. is an ASHA-certified Mayo Clinic Health System audiologist at Winneshiek Medical Center Decorah Clinic. Dr. See provides high-quality patient and family-centered hearing and balance related services to patients of all ages – from birth to elderly.
Audiology specialty appointments can be made by calling Winneshiek Medical Center at 563-382-2911. You can also request an appointment through MyChart.
Recycle your gently used hearing aids to benefits patients through WMC’s hearing aid recycling program
May 17, 2022