Claire Kilcoyne
Claire Kilcoyne, Au.D.

Claire Kilcoyne, Au.D.

Claire Kilcoyne, Au.D.
  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: No
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: No
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Additional Information:

Dr. Kilcoyne specializes in audiology, hearing loss, vestibular/balance disorders and hearing aids.

Medical School

Pennsylvania School of Optometry & Audiology

Board Certifications

Audiology

Professional Associations:

American Academy of Audiology, American Auditory Society, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, Washington Society of Audiology, Audiology Foundation of American Board of Directors

Additional Information:

Dr. Kilcoyne specializes in audiology, hearing loss, vestibular/balance disorders and hearing aids.

Ten Ways To Recognize Hearing Loss

  • Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
  • Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
  • Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
  • Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
  • Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
  • Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
  • Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
  • Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
  • Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?

If you or a loved one answered yes to three or more of the above questions, you may want to make an appointment with an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose and throat specialist) and/or an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

Hearing loss can be caused by ...

Sudden Hearing Loss - What causes it, and what you should know

Sudden hearing loss is a serious condition that needs immediate medical attention. As the name suggests, there is typically no warning, nor is there any way to predict who is at risk. Sudden hearing loss affects about 4000 new cases per year in the United States. It can affect one or both ears. Tinnitus and a feeling of fullness in the ear(s) often accompany the hearing loss.

In all cases, each patient needs to be seen by both an Audiologist and an ENT/Otologist. After taking a history and looking in the patient’s ears to assure that there is no wax causing the problem; a battery of audiometric tests is performed. The purpose of the testing is to determine the degree of the hearing loss and also to determine whether the sudden loss is due to malfunction of the hearing nerve or a problem in the middle ear. Hearing loss due to a problem in the hearing nerve or cochlea is called “sensorineural” and a loss that is caused by a problem in the middle ear is called “conductive.” You can also have a combination of the two, which is called a “mixed loss”. Different medical treatments are used for each of these types of hearing loss.

 

After the hearing testing is completed, and it is determined that the patient has sensorineural hearing loss, the patient is seen by the Physician for assessment and a treatment plan. Treatment often involves steroids, either taken orally or via an injection through the eardrum or both. This treatment is often repeated. During that time, it is important to have serial audiograms to follow any possible changes in hearing thresholds and/or speech discrimination ability.

What is the cause of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL)?

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