Birkdale Audiology encompasses all aspects of hearing healthcare including comprehensive audiological evaluations and treatment plans for hearing loss and tinnitus management. Birkdale Audiology offers patients a personalized experience of more than the basic hearing test. The entire auditory system is evaluated, from sound entering our ear to how our brain interprets the sound. Hearing loss is not simply being unable to hear a sound, but also involves processing and comprehension. The Communication Needs Assessment includes an assessment of speech understanding and processing in quiet, in noise, and a cognitive assessment, which all make up additional pieces in the hearing loss puzzle. Together, this information helps the audiologist have a clearer understanding of a patient’s real world communication needs.