Hearing is something many of us take for granted and don’t consider
until something happens that threatens this important sense. At Coshocton
Hospital, our licensed and certified clinical audiologist is available
to provide testing and ongoing monitoring, and to recommend appropriate
next steps when a hearing problem has been detected.
Cheryl Barker, Au.D, CCC-A, earned her Doctor of Audiology degree from
AT Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences, and has worked
with Coshocton Regional Medical Center for approximately 10 years. She has over 17 years
of experience working in hospital and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) settings.
Her office, located in the lower level of the 311 Building at 311 S. 15th St., serves patients two days a week on Mondays and Thursdays with a physician
referral. Her services include diagnosing audiology problems, prescribing
and dispensing hearing aids and providing hearing aid repairs.
Dr. Barker uses the non-invasive technology of Otoacoustic Emission Testing
(OAE) to test patients age 6 months through adulthood.
Click here for more information about the testing process.
Through the diagnostic process, Dr. Barker determines if the hearing problem
is a medical issue that needs the attention of ENT specialist or if it
is the permanent type of hearing loss that can benefit from a hearing aid.
If you have a toddler who suffers from ear infections or isn’t talking
as he or she should, or if you notice hearing loss yourself, please see
your pediatrician or family physician. Your physician can request a referral
to Dr. Barker for audiology testing. Please call her office at ext. 4143.
Want to Avoid Early Onset of Hearing Loss?
Dr. Barker recommends the following precautions to help avoid early hearing loss:
- Take care to conserve your hearing, both yours and the kids in your life
- Avoid exposure to loud noise or music and wear hearing protection
- If you have to raise your voice to talk, chances are the noise around you
can be harmful to your hearing
- Be careful regarding noise from common elements of daily life. Even personal
music players (MP3s), mowers, power tools and gunfire exposure can cause
permanent hearing loss.