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When Was Your Last Hearing Test?

We often have our teeth checked, our eyes checked and our blood-pressure tested, but we rarely have our hearing tested.

With approximately 15% of American adults reporting some form of trouble hearing, and generational changes resulting in us being exposed to louder music and more frequent pressures on our hearing – it would be fair to say that there’s a crisis in the United States.

Especially when you read the latest report from the NIDCD that approximates that 28.8 million adults in the United States could benefit from wearing hearing aids.

But the hardest part of hearing loss is that it’s often a gradual process, which means that it often goes unnoticed.

Over time, as you feel that your hearing is normal with no benchmark to test against, your hearing may have suffered and be at a lot lower capacity than it used to be.

The first signs of hearing loss are often based on your loved ones or friends noticing – you may have the television or radio louder than usual, you may be missing parts of conversations or you may struggle to understand what people are saying in noisy environments.

That’s why it is recommended to have your hearing regularly tested.

At Selective Hearing, we’ve helped hundreds of local patients on their journey to better hearing, caring for their audiological needs.

If you have a concern about your hearing that has brought you here today, you have questions around hearing aids or you need some advice, then complete the form on this page to speak to one of our hearing specialists.

Our obligation is to help you make the right decision, see us as your trusted expert partners and contact us today.

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The different styles of hearing aids

Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) – the tiny and often invisible hearing aids

IIC instruments fit past the second bend of the ear canal so they’re almost invisible. They are the smallest customised devices available on the market today and are designed specifically for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Completely-In-Canal (CIC) – Mostly invisible (unless you look closely)

Unlike the IICs, these aids are comfortably inserted and extracted from your ear, with the small “handle” peeping out the side. They are custom-made and mostly invisible, as well as coming in a range of colors to match the skin-tone of your inner ear. They’re the perfect choice if you have mild to moderate hearing loss.

In-The-Canal (ITC) – Discreet but can be seen

If you have mild to mildly severe hearing loss, then you will benefit from these ITC hearing aids because of their custom-fit, skin-match design, and simplicity to insert and extract. Easily disguised as part of your natural ear, these aids are the perfect option if your hearing is diminishing at a steady pace.

In-The-Ear (ITE) – Custom fitted hearing aids that fit within the outer portion of the ear

Mildly severe to severe hearing loss patients can benefit from choosing the ITE hearing aids, as these provide maximum hearing coverage and comfort, due to their sleek design that fits perfectly to the outer entrance of your ear. Coming in a range of colors, they’re custom made and can be matched to your skin tone.

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) – Small, discreet and quick to fit. Perfect for many first-time hearing aid wearers

Barely visible when worn, the RIC style is an instrument in which the receiver, or speaker, is inside the ear canal. Thin electrical wires are used instead of a plastic acoustical tube, reducing distortion. RIC hearing aids provide a comfortable, open fit and are perfect for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Behind-The-Ear (BTE) – The most common style of hearing aid

When you think “hearing aid” – the chances are you’re thinking of the BTE design. Usually worn by moderate to severe hearing loss patients, the technology is housed in the casing of these hearing aids, ensuring they rest comfortably behind the ear while the clear plastic acoustical tube sends the amplified sounds into a customized earmold that’s fitted inside the canal. Available in many different colors, they come with easy to use buttons and are highly discreet.


Introducing Your Friendly Local Team

Dr. Ashley B. Thom


Dr. Ashley B. Thom

Dr. Ashley B. Thom, AuD-F-AAA, CCC-A, grew up in Abbeville, Louisiana. As a junior at LSU in a Speech Pathology class, she realized a love for speech, language, and hearing, as it relates to our sense of self. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Disorders, that love persisted, and Dr. Thom graduated in 2011 with a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Louisiana Tech University.

Since joining Selective Hearing in 2011, Dr. Thom continues to make sounds and language more accessible to the hearing impaired and takes pleasure in learning about each patient’s unique hearing and communication needs.

When not in the office, Dr. Thom spends active family time with her husband and local nieces and nephews. She is a member of the Junior League of Lafayette where she regularly volunteers with a focus on making a better community for women and children.

Dr. Thom is an active member of the Louisiana Academy of Audiology, and has been serving as a board member for two years, and was the 2016-17 President of LAA.

Request a call back

If you have a question or concern and would like to receive a call back from one of our hearing care specialists to have a no-obligation conversation about your hearing health, then please complete this form and either Dr. Ashley B. Thom or Alysa Lowery will call you back within the next 24 hours.

Alternatively, you can call us: 337-291-9939

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    Great & friendly service. Every visit there is pleasant & informative, they give all the time necessary to answer my questions!

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