Specialty Care – No Referral Required*
Take the first important step and call the doctors at ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery. Our Audiologists are dedicated to helping people with hearing problems. An audiologist will conduct a comprehensive diagnostic hearing assessment to determine the type and severity of your hearing loss. Then a comprehensive hearing aid consultation will be scheduled to determine which hearing aids are most appropriate for you.
More than 28 million Americans suffer from sensorineural hearing loss or “nerve deafness” caused by the damage or deterioration of the tiny sound-sensing hair cells in the inner ear. Although hearing loss is the natural result of aging, hearing loss can also result from exposures to loud noise, illness and infections, head trauma, birth defects, certain drugs or even the mumps or measles.
Hearing loss isn’t a condition found only in older adults. In fact, nearly half of the persons with hearing loss are below the age of 65. A recent clinical study by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institute of Health confirmed that hearing aids provide a substantial benefit to users in both quiet and noisy situations, and add much to improve the quality of life for persons with hearing loss. In other words, you don’t have to suffer with hearing loss.
Our comprehensive evaluation includes any and all necessary procedures to determine:
Thorough history of hearing loss
Auditory sensitivity (thresholds)
Speech recognition capabilities
Speech discrimination abilities
Type and degree of hearing loss
Candidacy for amplification devices
In addition to properly fitting your hearing aids our audiologists can provide follow-up care, hearing aid accessories and training for you and your family members.
Lyerly B. Christensen, Au.D., CCC-A
Lyerly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 and her Master of Science degree in 1998 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She then completed her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2007 from A.T. Still University. She has been a Clinical Audiologist at Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery, P.A., since 2000. Prior to working at Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery, P.A., she worked at Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Lyerly is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, traveling, teaching Sunday school at her church, and volunteering with the Girl Scouts of America.
Lyerly loves providing her patients with exceptional customer service with all their hearing and hearing aid needs.
Melissa A. Wheat, Au.D., CCC-A
Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 and her Master of Science degree 1998 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She them completed her the Doctor of Audiology degree in 2018 from A.T. Still University. She has gained clinical experience by working in ear, nose, and throat clinics and hospital systems in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Melissa is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She enjoys time with her husband and family, traveling, being outdoors, especially at the beach, and singing in her church choir.
Melissa is happy to be back in the Hattiesburg area and looks forward to serving your hearing and balance needs.