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Ryan Dunkin, M.S.F/AAA

ryanDunkin I joined Owens Ear Center in September 2012 bringing with me over 15 years of experience in helping the hearing impaired. I have always had a passion for helping others and the field of Audiology lets me connect to individuals on a personal level.

Audiology has changed so much over the last several years and I am constantly amazed at how the technology has evolved to help improve the quality of life for so many. I am a huge advocate for assisted listening devices especially for those individuals who have difficulty understanding television and/or cell phone communication.

Through continuing education classes throughout the year, I am always keeping up to date on the latest advancements in hearing technology and can use that information to provide exceptional care to my patients.

In my spare time I enjoy all things in pop culture including movies, watching TV and hosting/participating in Game Night. I also love exploring the Dallas foodie scene to find great dining experiences.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts: Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 1995
  • Master of Science: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1998

 

Professional Organizations:

  • Fellow American Academy of Audiology
  • Member Texas Academy of Audiology

 

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What is a Hearing Aid?

A hearing aid is simply a small sound amplifier that can be worn by the user. It is made up of a microphone, an amplifier and a speaker. The sound travels to the microphone which is then amplified and at the same time “equalized”, like the equalizer on your stereo, so that the frequencies which are not as responsive in the hearing of the user can be amplified more than others. That signal is then sent to a small speaker which is placed close to the eardrum.

How Hearing Aids Help

Watch the following video to see an interview with Dr. Fred about how hearing aids help patients.

Hearing aids can be mounted behind the ear, with the speaker in the unit and a tube connected to a small plug which goes into the ear canal, or can be in a smaller unit, which is placed directly into the ear canal. Other types, like the BAHA, are mounted directly to the bone behind the ear and transmit the sound through the bone to the hearing mechanism.

To learn more about the BAHA procedure please click on this link which includes an interview with Dr. Bob Owens about the surgery and what can be expected.

How do you know what frequencies I’m missing?

When you come for a hearing aid evaluation, you will be given an audiogram, a simple and painless test to check how your hearing is doing. The human hearing mechanism can hear sounds in a large range of frequencies, from very low like a bass guitar, to very high like the noise of hissing steam. Most people with hearing loss first lose the higher frequencies, which also include the range of speech, making it hard to understand what people are saying. Our audiologists are highly trained professionals who work closely with the Otologist (medical ear specialist) to advise him as to the extent of your hearing loss. You will be placed in a soundproof booth, given headphones and made comfortable and then the audiologist will play tones into the headphones at various frequencies and volumes. This will give the doctor a graph which will help him or her advise you as to what type of hearing aid will work best for you.

Will I be able to take my new hearing aids home with me?

No, first the audiologist will do an earmold, which will give them a mold of the inside and outside of your ear canal, so that the hearing aid housing, made of plastic, can be made at the factory, and the electronics are placed inside. The making of the mold is a painless process, your ear will be cleaned by either the doctor or the audiologist and then a warm, soft foam is injected into your ear, let cool for a few moments and pulled out. Most people actually like the warm feeling of this.

So, do you just mail them to me then?

No, once we receive the aid or aids back from the factory, you will come in for a fitting with the audiologist. The aid will be checked to make sure there is a good, tight and comfortable fit, and then another hearing test will be done to check the improvement in your hearing. You won’t be sent home with the aid until both you and the audiologist are comfortable with the results.

Then once I walk out, I will be hearing normally?

Having a hearing aid is just like any other useful tool, it will take you a little time to get used to the way it works. You won’t be hearing exactly like you did before, but with practice and patience and help from the audiologist, you will soon be able to communicate better or hear sounds that you thought were gone forever.


"Just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed my BAHA unit. I was unable to hear my children or  grandchildren talk to me across the room. With my unit on, my grandson can talk to me so easily without me say 'what'. I can converse with my friends without pretending to hear what they say! The BAHA has been a blessing for me!"

Sincerely,

Bobbye M.

 

The Physicians of Owens Ear Center work closely with Audiologists and Otologic Technicians to accurately assess each patient's hearing condition. We are happy to help you with your hearing aid questions serving the Dallas Fort Worth TX Area.

 

 

 
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