What is Audiology?
Audiology is a branch of science which deals with the study of hearing, balance and related disorders through tests and treatment through hearing aids. At Little Rock Audiology, our audiologists treat those with hearing loss and proactively work to prevent related damage.
Employing various testing strategies (e.g. hearing tests, otoacoustic emission measurements, electronystagmography, and electrophysiologic tests), audiology aims to determine whether someone can hear within the normal range, and if not, which portions of hearing (high, middle, or low frequencies) are affected and to what degree.
If an audiologist determines that a hearing loss or vestibular abnormality is present, she will provide recommendations to a patient as to what options (e.g. hearing aid, surgery, appropriate medical referrals) may be of assistance.
In addition to testing hearing, the audiologists at Little Rock Audiology also work with a wide range of clientele in rehabilitation (hearing aids), pediatric populations and assessment of the vestibular system.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Healthcare
Will you be able to communicate with me or a loved one if we use sign language?
Yes. Dr. Jayme Pultro has communicated with her deaf parents her entire life using American Sign Language (ASL). She is always pleased to communicate with Little Rock Audiology patients using ASL when they visit our Little Rock office.
Do we lose our hearing as we age?
No. The average person does not lose their hearing as they get older. Many people begin to lose their hearing around the age of 60. With today's entertainment (video games, ipods, mp3s, car radios, construction equipment, etc) many 25 year olds have 50 year old ears. That means many young adults have the hearing of a 50 year old who has worked in a quiet office his whole life.
Hearing Aids vs. Hearing Protectors
Hearing aids help you hear better once your hearing is already damaged. Hearing protectors help protect your hearing at work, while you're hunting or any other time you're around loud noises.
How long does it take to get use to wearing hearing protectors?
Hearing protectors are just like a new pair of shoes. They take some breaking in time. Depending on the type of work you are doing depends if you have the right hearing protectors. Just like you wouldn't wear golf shoes to go bowling, the hearing protectors might not be suitable for the type of work being done.
How can I tell if my environment is too loud?
First of all, if you have to yell to have a conversation with a person who is arms distance away, the noise is likely to be hazardous. Secondly, if you have dull or flattening sounds after leaving a noisy environment, the noise is also likely to be hazardous to your ears.
Meet the Doctors at Little Rock Audiology
Dr. Jayme Pultro founded Little Rock Audiology in 1991. Growing up with deaf parents, her lifelong familiarity with American Sign Language proves invaluable when working with profoundly deaf patients. She received her Master's degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and her doctorate degree from the University of Florida.
Dr. Charlie Palmer received his Master's degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and his doctorate degree from the University of Florida. He and Dr. Pultro have been practicing together since 1998. In 2003, they opened the Russellville clinic where he now spends the majority of his clinic time.
Dr. Tracy Van Es is the newest addition to the Little Rock staff. She began her work at the office in 2002 as an intern. She received her Master's degree in 2004 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences after which she became a full time audiologist. She earned her doctorate degree from the Pennsylvania School of Audiology.
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500 S. University Ave., Suite 405
Little Rock, AR 72205
Office: (501) 664-5511
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200 North Quanah
Russellville, AR 72801
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