The Family Hearing Center at The Hearing & Speech Center

Meet the Doctors

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Dr. Jeanette Miller Dr. Janet Chasen Jinger Pruden Dr. Julia Amann
Dr. Jeanette Miller

Dr. Jeanette Miller

Dr. Jeanette Miller (HSC Audiology Department Director) attended A.T. Still University where she received a doctorate degree in audiology. She has over 20 years of experience working with a range of patients from newborns to 21 years of age. Dr. Miller’s primary focus is working with children ages 0-3 through the early intervention program. Dr. Miller works with hearing devices, cochlear implants, and FM systems.

Dr. Miller also spends time educating and supporting county schools throughout Kentucky with ordering educational hearing equipment, supplies and troubleshooting FM systems. She enjoys working at Hearing & Speech Center because of the family-centered environment.

Audiology clinic at Lexington

 

The Family Hearing Center

The Family Hearing Center at The Hearing & Speech Center (HSC) provides comprehensive hearing healthcare for all ages.

HSC audiologists perform diagnostic tests to identify the degree and type of hearing loss of our patients of all ages. The make-up of the test battery is determined by the patient’s individual needs and is designed to assess specific symptoms and their causes. Following the evaluation, the audiologist helps the patient and their families understand the test results and the impact hearing loss, and recommends appropriate steps for further management. This may include a referral to a physician of their choice, early childhood intervention specialists, local school districts, or another one of the following services offered through our clinic.

Hearing Loss

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About Hearing Loss Warning Signs Types of Hearing Loss What To Do
Hearing loss

About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects nearly 28 million Americans. It can begin gradually with the sense that others are mumbling or noticing background noise bothers you, or it may come suddenly after an illness or accident. It can range from being very mild, when only faint, high-pitched sounds or voices are not heard, to so severe that even explosive noises may go unnoticed.

Unfortunately, most Americans wait five to seven years before solving their hearing problems. Early detection will lead to an easier acceptance of the hearing loss and to eventual use of hearing aids to compensate.

Resources for Families

Support Families of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Click the picture for more information!

Hearing and Age Ranges

Learn more about the aspects of speech and hearing pertaining to various age ranges by clicking below:

Birth to Age 5
For a child, hearing and speech are essential tools of learning, playing, and developing social skills. Children learn to communicate by imitating the sounds they hear. If they have a hearing loss that is undetected or untreated, they can miss much of the speech and language around them. This results in delayed speech and language development, social problems and/or academic difficulties.

Hearing loss, in varying degrees, affects three in every 1000 children under the age of 18. When describing hearing loss, we generally look at three attributes: type of hearing loss, degree of hearing loss, and the configuration of the hearing loss. Fortunately, modern technology can help with almost every type of hearing loss. The most effective treatment is achieved through early intervention. Early diagnosis, early fitting of hearing aids, and an early start on early intervention programs can help maximize a child's hearing. This will give your child the best chances for successful speech and language development.

Your child with a hearing loss can succeed - in school, in work and in life! It is important to keep this as your focus, whatever your child's age or degree of hearing loss. While you will have the support of many professionals, ultimately you as parents will make many decisions about what is in the best interest of your child. As with all children, there is no magic formula for raising a child with a hearing loss. It helps to maintain a positive attitude, educate yourself about hearing loss, seek out the best resources and take an active role in your child's education. Most of all, keep in mind that your child is a child first and a child with a hearing loss second.

For families that are choosing a verbal communication approach with their child with hearing loss (as opposed to sign language or other non-verbal communications modes): Spoken language is based on listening, so it is vital that children with hearing loss receive clear, complete, and consistent sound during these first years of life. The incorporation of appropriate hearing technology and early intervention with spoken language instruction is the key to developing the ability to talk. When a child with hearing loss does not receive access to sound early on, their ability to recognize and process sound deteriorates over time, making it more difficult for the brain to meaningfully interpret sound.
Youth
Hearing & Speech Center promotes comprehensive hearing healthcare for all ages. Hearing loss, in varying degrees, affects 3 in every 1000 children under the age of 18. When describing hearing loss we generally look at 3 attributes:

  • Type of hearing loss
  • Degree of hearing loss
  • Configuration of the hearing loss
Fortunately, modern technology can help with almost every type of hearing loss.

Your child with a hearing loss can succeed - in school, in work and in life! It is important to keep this as your focus, whatever your child’s age or degree of hearing loss. While you will have the support of many professionals, ultimately you as parents will make many decisions about what is in the best interest of your child. As with all children, there is no magic formula for raising a child with a hearing loss. It helps to maintain a positive attitude, educate yourself about hearing loss, seek out the best resources and take an active role in your child’s education. Most of all, keep in mind that your child is a child first and a child with a hearing loss second.
Adult
The Audiology Clinic at the Hearing & Speech Center (HSC) focuses on comprehensive hearing healthcare for the entire family–infants through seniors.

HSC audiologists perform diagnostic tests to identify the degree and type of hearing loss of our patients of all ages. The make-up of the test battery is determined by the patient’s individual needs and is designed to assess specific symptoms and their causes. Following the evaluation, the audiologist helps the patient understand the test results, impact of any hearing loss and recommends appropriate steps for further management. This may include a referral to a physician of their choice or another one of the following services offered through our clinic.

If you suspect a hearing loss, in yourself or a loved one, have your hearing tested by a Hearing & Speech Center audiologist. The results of the hearing evaluation(s) will be reviewed with you and the various options for treatment will be discussed.

Contact Hearing & Speech Center by phone at (859) 268-4545, or book your Audiology appointment online.

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Lexington, KY 40502

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