Diagnostics and Testing

We are experienced professionals.

Here at Prescription Design Hearing Aid & Audiology Center of Great Falls, we are determined to help you hear better. With nearly 30 years in practice, we offer complete hearing testing and evaluations. We offer all major brands of assistive listening devices and hearing aids.


We work with you and your doctors to ensure you get the best individual treatment and care.


Complete Hearing Evaluations Service

In practice since 1989, Prescription Design Hearing Aid & Audiology Center’s staff provides hearing evaluations to all ages, from newborns to seniors. We identify middle and inner ear disease and retrocochlear lesions. We consult with family physicians and other medical professionals if needed to give you the best and most accurate evaluation.

Our Hearing and Audiology Services Include:

  • Hearing aid candidacy
  • In office repairs, cleaning, reprogramming, and general service
  • Assistive listening devices (for TVs, cell phones, etc.)
  • Evaluation and treatment of ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Rehabilitation exercises for dizziness (vertigo)
  • ABR / BAER hearing evaluations at Benefits
  • Hospital on newborns and infants
  • Compensation and pension (disability rating) audiology exams for veterans
  • Ear wax removal and management
  • Custom-made hearing protection
  • Largest sound room in Montana

Hearing Aid Information

The form of treatment for sensorineural hearing loss is hearing aids. They help you hear better by amplifying sound in the range of the inner hair cell damage. Hearing aids have greatly improved in the past few years and are capable of reducing background noise, letting you hear better on the telephone, and rendering little to no feedback (whistling). They are digitally programmable and are customized for your particular hearing loss and ear shape. At Prescription Design Hearing Aid & Audiology Center, we offer the latest technology in digital hearing aids at the most affordable prices.

It is important to remember that hearing aids do NOT act as ear protection.


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Types of Hearing Loss


  • Tinnitus (ringing)
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Fullness in the ear
  • Sudden loss of hearing

The majority of hearing loss is a sensorineural type, which is hair damage in the inner ear. This type of loss is permanent and can be caused by noise exposure, medical problems, head injuries, certain medications, or family history of sensorineural hearing loss.

It is important to remember that sensorineural hearing loss from loud noise exposure leads to permanent hearing loss, but it is preventable in most case. Hearing aids can treat this effectively.

Certain types of hearing loss are correctable with surgery and/or medications, and this type is usually referred to as conductive hearing loss. The cause of conductive hearing loss can be from:

  • Fluid behind the eardrum
  • An ear infection
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Hear injuries
  • Hardening of the middle ear bones called “otosclerosis”

It is important to rule out conductive and retrocochlear hearing losses before purchasing hearing aids, which is done with a comprehensive, diagnostic audiometric evaluation. If you have a sudden loss of hearing, immediately seek medical treatment with your physician. Causes of sudden hearing loss can be from ear wax impaction, or more serious inner ear diseases / inner ear viral infections which are often treated with steroid medications.

  • Tinnitus (ringing)
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Fullness in the ear
  • Sudden loss of hearing

The majority of hearing loss is a sensorineural type, which is hair damage in the inner ear. This type of loss is permanent and can be caused by noise exposure, medical problems, head injuries, certain medications, or family history of sensorineural hearing loss.

A combination of the SENSORINEURAL and CONDUCTIVE. Mixed hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids and/or medicine intervention.

The best care.

We offer complete hearing testing and evaluations for all major brands of assistive listening devices and hearing aids. We work with you and your doctors to ensure you get the best individual treatment and care.

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