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Audiology Services available at St. Catherine Hospital are provided by a licensed, clinical audiologist who helps provide inpatient and outpatient evaluation and treatment for infants, children and adults with hearing loss. The audiology staff works with physicians and patients to improve communication skills and help them achieve optimal health and function.
The audiologist can help determine the type and degree of hearing loss through a complete diagnostic hearing evaluation in our office. Audiologists provide complete hearing evaluations which include the following: physiological assessments of the patient's auditory system to identify the site of auditory dysfunction, such as immittance testing (assessment of the middle ear and auditory nerve function) and otoacoustic emission measures (assessment of the inner ear or cochlear function).
Identifying hearing loss can be done with children of any age. This includes newborn and infant hearing screenings using otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing, visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) and conditioned play audiometry (CPA).
Hearing Aids and Counseling
We also provide complete hearing aid services and offer a wide variety of custom fit hearing aids. With advancements in digital sound processing, our audiologist is able to fit patients with the highest level of digital hearing aid technology available. Individual counseling is available to help those with hearing loss function more effectively in social, educational and occupational environments.
Adults and children can be evaluated Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. A physician referral is needed. To learn more about availability, call 219-392-7665.
The St. Catherine Hospital Audiology Department is conveniently located on the fourth floor of the Professional Office Building in Suite 410. Use the North Entrance of the hospital.
Christy Macak, AuD, CCC-A/FAAA, Senior Audiologist, completed her undergraduate studies at Purdue University and her clinical externship at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. She received her doctorate degree in Audiology from Purdue University in 2010. Ms. Macak is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Prior to coming to St. Catherine Hospital, she worked at Community Hospital for three years. Her diverse clinical experiences have prepared her to provide exceptional audiology services to infants through seniors.
For more information about St. Catherine Hospital's Audiology Department, call 219-392-7665.