Was your last hearing test in grade school?
A baseline hearing test as an adult is a valuable tool in treating hearing loss as you age. Have a baseline test at least once in your adult life between the ages of 21 and 60.
Dr. Wendy K. Stafford is from central PA and has been practicing audiology since 1986. She completed her undergraduate degree and graduate degrees at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and received her doctorate in Audiology in 2007 at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry - School of Audiology. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. She is actively involved in training 2nd and 3rd year doctoral students. Aside from her professional responsibilities, she enjoys time at the gym where she works as a certified group fitness instructor. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
“I am committed to educating my patients about their hearing health, and providing caring support and service throughout the entire process of obtaining and wearing hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices. I treat patients as I would want to be treated, with honesty, respect, accessibility, and the highest standard of quality care. It is truly rewarding to improve quality of life through better hearing using today’s state of the art technology.”
Jenny is a Lancaster County native. She graduated from York Technical Institute in 1993 with a business certificate in accounting. She has been with the company since 2003. She is available to answer insurance and billing questions as well as schedule your next appointment in a timely manner. She has been married since 1996 and has a daughter and two sons. Jenny enjoys reading, working out, and spending time with her family. She loves the beach and takes a few trips each year with friends.
“I have had the opportunity to see hundreds of patients come through the door with various hearing and hearing aid needs; needs that are handled with knowledge and compassion by Dr. Stafford. I especially enjoy the patient interaction and find it extremely rewarding to be able to contribute to the services provided at Cocalico Area Hearing Services, Inc. I look forward to seeing you “hear”!”
What is an audiologist?
Audiologists are the primary healthcare professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss in adults and children. Most audiologists earn a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of hearing disorders. Audiologists must be licensed in the state in which they practice.
What causes hearing loss?
In addition to the aging process, there are several other causes of hearing loss. Noise exposure, trauma, infections, diseases, medications, and congenital or genetic factors are all possible causes.
Why do I have ringing in my ears and what can I do about it?
You are experiencing tinnitus which is the perception of sound heard in one or both of your ears that is not due to an external source. It is often described as a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or rushing sound. It rarely indicates a serious health problem but can be very annoying. The most common cause of tinnitus is due to age related hearing loss (presbycusis), noise exposure, or cerumen occlusion (earwax blockage). If you are experiencing tinnitus, it is important to schedule a complete hearing evaluation to determine whether an underlying cause can be identified and treated.
What type of hearing aid is the best for me?
Hearing aids come in many sizes, styles, and technology performance levels. Your individual hearing loss, listening environments, options needed, cosmetic concerns, manual dexterity, anatomical and medical considerations, and budget factor in finding the best individual solution.
Why do some hearing aids cost more than others?
Hearing aids are priced according to performance capabilities. In general, improved noise reduction capabilities increases cost. Your lifestyle will be assessed and considered in matching the most appropriate technology to your hearing demands, while being financially sensitive to your budget.
Will my insurance pay for hearing aids?
Almost all medical insurance covers the cost of the diagnostic hearing evaluation, however there are very few that cover the cost of hearing aids. Some medical insurance plans provide coverage for a portion of the expense for hearing aids. We participate with most insurance companies and would be happy to check with your insurance plan to determine if you have any hearing aid benefits.