Our audiologists are specifically trained to assess the degree of hearing loss that may be present in one or both ears. The results of this assessment allow the audiologist and your doctor to properly determine the type of treatment necessary for each individual hearing loss.
We also offer a range of other testing services that may be ordered by your doctor, including:
Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)
Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) are nearly inaudible sounds that echo out of the ear. These OAEs can be measured with a small probe inserted into the ear canal. Individuals with normal hearing produce these emissions, while those with hearing loss do not. The OAE screening can be used to determine the type of hearing loss present.
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing evaluates the auditory nerve that travels from the inner ear to the brainstem. The painless, non-invasive procedure uses small electrodes placed on the patient’s forehead and ears to record responses from the auditory nerve as the patient listens to a rapid clicking sound. The test can be used to assess the sensitivity of a person’s hearing or evaluate a potential neural disorder of the auditory pathway.
Electronystagmography (ENG) is a test to evaluate a patient’s balance system. It is made up of a series of sub-tests designed to isolate and assess specific portions of the balance system. The test uses electrodes placed on the patients head to record eye movements during a series of tasks. There are many medications and substances that can affect the results of ENG testing; therefore a detailed instruction sheet will be provided prior to the test at the time of scheduling.
Electocochleography (ECOG) is a test that evaluates the inner part of the ear called the cochlea. ECOG measures signals generated in the cochlea in response to sound. The test is a painless and non-invasive procedure that uses electrodes placed on the head and in the ears to record these signals as the patient listens to a sound stimulus. The results can be used to further evaluate balance.
Often, as a result of surgery or injury, to keep ears healthy it is necessary to keep water out. In such situations there are two options for water protection provided by our audiologists:
Custom Swim Plugs – The custom swim plugs are made individually from a silicon impression of the ear to make an exact replica of the person’s ear canal. The plugs provide a snug, but comfortable fit and are available in a variety of colors.
Doc Swim Plugs – The Doc swim plugs come in 8 sizes that can be properly fitted to a person’s ear. It provides a waterproof barrier to safely and easily keep water out of the ear. The plugs are ideal for children whose ears are still growing and who have limited water exposure, such as bath time.
Custom Noise/Musician’s Plugs – Frequently, people are exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound or noise. There is a variety of custom hearing protection devices that can be customized to fit exact needs. Custom noise plugs are available for situations such as noisy work environments, like factories or industrial plants, as well as hobbies such as woodworking or auto racing. For music lovers, special musician’s plugs are designed to equally filter sound to reduce music to a safe listening level without changing the musical composition. Musician’s plugs are ideal for attending concerts and live performances or rehearsals and personal performances.
What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a medical professional who is trained to evaluate, diagnose, and rehabilitate hearing loss and balance disorders. Audiologists perform hearing and balance testing, dispense hearing aids, counsel on effective communication skills, and discuss the effects of noise on hearing. Most audiologists earn a doctor of audiology (Au.D) and must be licensed in his/her state to practice.
Our Audiology Staff
Melanie Spann, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Melanie Spann joined Kentuckiana Ear Nose and Throat in September, 2000. Prior to joining our practice, she worked in hearing aid and rehabilitation settings. Dr. Spann received her Master of Science in Audiology from the University of Louisville. She received her Doctor of Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Spann enjoys all aspects of audiology, but has a particular interest in fitting hearing aids. She currently works primarily at our Jeffersonville, IN, location. When she’s not working, Dr. Spann enjoys photography, cooking, gardening, and supporting local animal welfare organizations.
Lindsay Ciletti, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Ciletti, a native of Illinois, received a Bachelor of Business from Western Illinois University. After realizing how much she loved talking about her own personal experience with hearing loss, she decided to change careers. Dr. Ciletti received her Doctorate in Audiology from Western Michigan University in 2008. While working on her doctorate, she worked as a research assistant and co-authored an article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology concerning the prevalence of hearing impairment in the U.S. population. She moved to the Louisville area with her husband and joined Kentuckiana ENT in 2009 as a clinical and dispensing audiologist.
Kerrie Roberts, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Roberts is a native of Sturgis, Kentucky. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Communication Disorders as well as a Doctorate degree from University of Louisville in Audiology. She completed her externship at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Ky. Dr. Roberts is a member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as well as Kentucky Academy of Audiology. She is married with two children.
Natalie W. Shaw, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Shaw is a Kentucky native. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Kentucky where she achieved a 4.0 G.P.A. She then completed the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Louisville, graduating cum laude. She received academic scholarships at both institutions. Dr. Shaw holds Kentucky Audiology and Hearing Instrument Specialist licenses. She is also a member of the Kentucky Academy of Audiology. She and her husband, Nate Shaw, are active in their church and enjoy watching Kentucky basketball games.
Annette Wheeler, Au.D., CCC-A
Dr. Wheeler, a native of Indiana, received her Master of Arts degree in Audiology from the University of Memphis in 1992. In 2007, she earned her Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has been employed as a clinical audiologist with Kentuckiana ENT since 2008 and specializes in vestibular testing. She is licensed to practice audiology in Kentucky and Indiana and is a member of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Wheeler is married and has two children.