Hearing Center

Audiology and Hearing Aids

Our Hearing and Speech specialties are now two separate departments.

The Hearing Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Ambulatory Care Center in Suite 221.
Phone: (973) 322-7100
Fax: (973) 322-7124
Contact Person: Judy Levitan Aud; Supervisor
Hours of Operation:
Monday and Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Hearing Center

At Saint Barnabas Medical Center Hearing Center, located in Livingston New Jersey, we are careful to explore every possible cause for a patient’s hearing loss. We offer audiological evaluations with a audiologist for patients of every age.

Hearing Loss affects over 20 million Americans. Each day, 33 infants are born in the United States with significant hearing loss, making it the most frequently occurring birth defect. Ninety-Five percent of all hearing disorders can be improved with medication, surgery, rehabilitation or the new advances in hearing aid technology. The sense of hearing has profound impact on a child’s ability to learn and mature normally. Even a slight hearing loss may affect a child’s development. Early identification and intervention are crucial.

Outward signs of hearing impairment:

  • Delayed speech and language skills
  • Difficulty distinguishing between words that sound alike
  • Listening to television at a very loud level
  • Difficulty hearing in noisy environments
  • Speaking unusually loudly or softly
  • Avoiding conversations and social interactions
  • Feeling that others are mumbling when they speak
  • Ringing or buzzing sensations are present in the ear or head

If you suspect that someone you know may have a hearing impairment, an evaluation by an audiologist is recommended. Our audiologists are Certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and are Fellows of the American Academy of Audiology.

  • Judy Levitan, AuD/CCCA
  • Kathleen Delaney, AuD/CCCA
  • Jaime Taylor, AuD/CCCA

Audiology Services

  • Diagnostic audiological evaluations
  • Acoustic-immittance evaluations of middle ear function
  • Follow-up testing from newborn hearing screenings
  • Ototoxic monitoring follow-up testing
  • Auditory brainstem evoked response (ABR)
  • Electronystagmography (ENG) evaluation of balance system
  • Electrocochleography (ECochG)
  • Otoacoustic emission testing (OAE)
  • Auditory Processing Evaluations
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Hearing Aid Services
  • Hearing evaluation and selection of appropriate amplification
  • Hearing aid dispensing
  • Hearing aid service and loaner aid program

Audiological Evaluations for Adults

All of our audiological evaluations are performed by an audiologist in a soundproof booth and take 30-45 minutes. We are extremely thorough in our evaluations and we treat a range of hearing loss conditions and symptoms non-medically. Depending on the results of a patient’s hearing test, we are able to diagnose the root cause of the symptoms and devise a lasting non-medical solution.

Pure Tone Air

With this hearing test, an audiologist can determine the patient’s ability to hear tones at various volumes. The goal is to determine the faintest tone a person can hear at selected pitches (frequencies), from low to high. Either headphones or insert earphones are used during the test.

Bone Conduction

Bone Conduction hearing evaluations are similar to pure tone testing. However, this test uses a special device that is placed behind the ear. The device is used to assess a patient’s inner ear hearing abilities, isolated from the outer or middle ear.

Both the pure tone air and the bone conduction testing require patient participation. The patient may be asked to raise their hand, press a button, point to the ear where the sound was received, or verbally respond to indicate that the sound was heard. All of the results are recorded and evaluated on an audiogram.

Speech & Word Discrimination

The patient will be asked to sit in the soundproof room with headphones. The patient will be read a list of words and then be asked to repeat them. This test evaluates the patient’s ability to hear and identify words correctly and find the patient’s speech reception threshold.

Impedance & Acoustic Reflex

Acoustic reflex is set to determine the possible location of the hearing problem. Every person has an acoustic reflex, which is a tiny muscle in the middle ear that contracts when a jarring or loud sound occurs. The audiologist can determine the extent of the patient’s hearing loss by finding the threshold (level of noise) at which the patient begins to react. Static acoustic impedance measures the volume of the ear canal and the mobility and compliance of the tympanic membrane or ear drum. This is primarily used to determine the extent of damage the patient might have suffered to their eardrum or middle ear.

Otoacoustic Emissions

Determining the function of the outer hair cells in the cochlea, or inner ear, can be crucial in detecting any abnormalities or diagnosing retro-cochlear disorders such as auditory neuropathy.

Tinnitus

When a patient experiences persistent ringing or buzzing, we also perform tinnitus evaluations.

If our audiologists feel that the patient needs significant medical treatment following the results of these tests, then referrals for otologic (ENT) consultation are made.

Aural Rehabilitation

Along with our hearing evaluations, we also dispense & repair hearing aids, and make custom ear molds for athletes—including swimmers—and musicians. As a part of our audiological rehabilitation service, we also provide appropriate assistive listening devices for iPods, telephones, and computers.

Hearing Aid Options

At The SBMC Hearing Center, our audiologists only offer the highest quality hearing aids manufactured by the most respected brands. We can also create custom-fitted hearing instruments, some of which are practically invisible.

Most of our hearing aids include a 2 or 3-year warranty, free office visits, and batteries for three years. We carry a complete line of digital hearing aids, including RITE, RIC, BTE, and Bluetooth enabled devices. With the use of Real Ear Measurement, we can tell if the hearing aids are working properly and whether they are providing the prescribed amount of amplification you need.

Experience Life Loud & Clear

The Hearing Center's team of audiologists will not only determine the cause of hearing loss, but they will also work with the patient on prescribing the best course of action for treatment. From the moment a patient comes into our offices in need of an audiological evaluation, we are dedicated to getting them to a point where they can experience life loud and clear.

Auditory Processing Testing

Auditory processing testing can be completed by the audiologist to determine if a child or adult is having difficulty understanding auditory information in the absence of hearing loss. Processing difficulty can often lead to academic issues in the classroom. Testing includes audiological evaluation as well as testing of speech understanding via recorded material to determine areas of weakness.

Cochlear Implant Mapping

Cochlear Implant Mappings are provided by the Hearing Doctor for Cochlear Americas as well as BAHA processors. The audiologist attaches the patients processor to a computer and adjusts the levels based on patient response.

Cochlear Implant

The Cochlear implant, a state-of-the-art, surgically implanted device, enables profoundly deaf individuals to hear voices, telephones, doorbells and other environmental sounds. Implant users are able to hear sounds important to their safety and emotional well-being.

Cochlear Implant Services

  • Pre-and postoperative evaluations
  • Surgery provided by a board certified Otolaryngology Surgeon, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  • Interoperative testing to aid in effective management of the cochlear implant following surgery.
  • Post Operative Rehabilitation and Services

For further information about Saint Barnabas Medical Center's Hearing Center, please call 973-322-7100.