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Oswego Health Introduces Oswego Health Audiology

Hospital news | Friday, October 30, 2015

Contact: Marion Ciciarelli

Oswego Health Audiologist Karah Gottschalk is now providing comprehensive amplification services to those of all ages, which includes hearing aids and cochlear implants. Audiologists specialize in the diagnostic testing and rehabilitation of hearing loss from newborns to the elderly. The purpose of a diagnostic hearing test is not only to measure the amount of hearing loss, but to determine where the loss is occurring. Another service that Dr. Gottschalk provides is balance testing through state-of-the-art Videonystagmogram (VNG) equipment. This tests the function of the balance system by examining the inner ear and central motor functions using goggles to record eye movements.

Dr. Gottschalk conducts specialized hearing tests using the most advanced equipment, including an audiometer in a state-of-the-art sound booth. The Audiostar audiometer offers patient comfort and consistent results. When testing an infant’s hearing, she will utilize advanced Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) equipment.

Dr. Gottschalk, of Oswego Health Audiology, can properly fit community members with a variety of hearing aids. “If after the completion of a hearing exam, a hearing loss is found and a patient will benefit from hearing aids/cochlear implants, I am able to properly fit them based on the severity of their hearing loss, with a style and look that they like,” Gottschalk said. “There are many attractive and small options available today,” she added.

Hearing aids use the sounds from the environment into your ear and make them louder. Small microphones collect sounds from the environment which is converted into amplified sound waves delivered to your ears through tiny speakers. There are many different styles and fits for you to choose.

Complementing this new service is her ability to program cochlear implants for adults and children who would not benefit from hearing aids.

“I am excited to be expanding the audiology services and offer a variety of hearing aids to community members,” Dr. Gottschalk said. “This is a great opportunity that allows me to care for all ages from the very young to the elderly in a hospital environment, which I greatly enjoy.”

Dr. Gottschalk, of Oswego Health Audiology, earned her doctor of audiology degree at the University of Louisville and completed her residency at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio. She also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Throughout her schooling, she took part in extensive training in all aspects of audiology allowing her to offer comprehensive hearing and balance services.

Oswego Health Audiology is located in suite 210 of the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital. To reach Oswego Health Audiology, please call 326-3792.