Hearing and Audiology

What's Best for My Ears?

Men in conversationGet Answers During an Online Seminar 

Join an online seminar on September 30, 2020 from 6 to 6:30 pm with audiologist, Heidi Schmeltzer, AuD, CCC-A, as she explores common indications of hearing loss and new treatments. She'll cover the diagnostic process, what to expect after diagnosis of a hearing loss, new amplification devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants, and how to get the most out of each type of device. 

Participants will be emailed a link on how to join. These are live events that take place over the internet. You will see the speaker and can submit questions. A valid email address is needed to complete your registration.

Register online here, or call 269.927.5361 to register over the phone. 

Online Seminar Registration

Help for Hearing Loss 

At Lakeland Ear, Nose and Throat our team of audiologists are trained in hearing, balance, and communication disorders. If you think you may benefit from a hearing test contact our St. Joseph or Niles office to schedule an appointment. 

What is audiology?  
Audiology is a medical specialty that focuses on hearing and balance problems. Our team of audiologist help you find the proper hearing device to get you back to enjoying life. 

Signs that you may need a hearing assessment:

  • You find it hard to hear people on the phone.

  • You have trouble following conversations when two or more people speak at once.

  • You have trouble following conversations in a noisy background.

  • You aren't sure where sounds are located.

  • You ask people to repeat themselves.

  • You have problems hearing or understanding when women or children speak.

  • Most people seem to mumble or not speak clearly.

  • You often misunderstand others and respond incorrectly.

  • Others notice that the TV volume is high.

  • You don't hear the phone or doorbell ring.

  • You don't take part in activities because of trouble hearing and understanding speech.

  • Friends or family members tell you that you are not hearing conversations or sounds.


If you think you may have hearing loss, only an ear, nose and throat specialist working with a certified audiologist can diagnose the exact cause and provide medically sound treatment, including a hearing aid if one is necessary. Contact our St. Joseph or Niles office to schedule a hearing assessment. 

Take a Hearing Risk Assessment

Get the facts

Most people are aware that hearing loss can occur naturally with increasing age, but often do not consider that noise exposure (recreational or occupational), family history of hearing loss, or other health issues (such as diabetes or certain cancer treatments) may also contribute to hearing concerns. If you suffer from hearing loss, you're not alone. In 2017, the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH NIDCD) reported that approximately 48 million Americans suffers some type of hearing loss.

The NIH NIDCD estimates that around 20% of American adults between the ages of 20 to 69 have some hearing trouble. Around 28.8 million Americans could benefit from the use of appropriately fit hearing aids; however only around 16% of those adults 20 to 69 and 30% of adults 70 years of age or older use hearing aids. Untreated hearing loss can contribute to problems such as, but not limited to, depression, isolation, academic delays, or cognitive decline. For this reason, a hearing evaluation is important as soon a hearing concerns arise so that action can be taken right away.