AC Tinnitus, Hyperacusis, and Balance Center, Inc, was founded by James L. Shafer, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, to provide the east coast with high-quality diagnostic and rehabilitation services for patients of all ages who are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, tinnitus or balance-related concerns.
Doctor Shafer and his staff of Audiologists have provided these services to the Central Pennsylvania area since 1984. With the advent of sound generators, hearing aids, digital and wireless hearables and diagnostic technology and added staff, our capabilities have expanded to become one of the most comprehensive Audiology practice in the region.. AC Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and Balance Center Inc. locations are staffed with Audiologists and Doctors of Audiology who are licensed in Pennsylvania and nationally certified.
What is an Audiologist?
The current entry level degree to become an Audiologist is a doctoral degree in Audiology, either Au.D or Ph.D. Audiologists meet national educational and training standards and are licensed in the state that they practice. Audiologists that currently have a Masters degree continue to be licensed and practice in Audiology.
- Evaluate hearing using behavioral and objective (non-behavioral) test procedures
- Identify and treat sensorineural hearing loss
- Identify and treat:
- Soft Sound Sensitivity Syndrome, 4S
- Refer patients to Otolaryngologists (ENTs) for medical or surgical management of hearing loss and ear disease
- Determine need for hearing rehabilitation
- Determine candidacy for hearing aids and digital wireless hearables
- Select and fit hearing aids and hearables
- Evaluate and treat the balance system
All of our Audiologists are highly trained in the assessment, identification, prevention and non-medical treatment of hearing loss, the need for hearing aids, balance disorders and tinnitus. All professional staff hold Master or Doctoral degrees from accredited colleges and universities.
We also provide Audiology services by direct referral from Primary Care Physicians, Pediatricians, and local Otolaryngologists. Using the most technologically advanced equipment, our Audiologists are able to provide a complete range of Audiology services to patients of all ages. AC Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and Balance Center, Inc., is accredited by and participates with a variety of insurance providers.