Our goal is to provide the highest quality hearing care and hearing aids to our patients who already know and trust us for their vision needs.
Center for Sight was established over 30 years ago, and has grown to eight office locations across three counties in southwest Florida. Our hearing services are provided as an extension of our commitment to delivering advanced care to improve our patients' lives.
Lindsey W. Banks is a Florida-licensed audiologist with a wide variety of experience in hearing healthcare. Dr. Banks leads the hearing clinic at Center for Sight and is committed to helping patients achieve the highest quality of life possible by combining improved hearing and vision. She always says that audiology found her — she knew she wanted to work in a profession that helped people, and when she stumbled upon audiology in a class at university, it seemed like the perfect fit.
She comes to Center for Sight after gaining experience in several different areas of audiology in different practices. She's worked for a VA hospital, a group ear-nose-throat practice, and one of the world's largest hearing aids manufacturers. This diverse background has given her a broad understanding of what patients face and what treatment options exist in the market today. She grew up in Bradenton, Florida, and she's glad to be back home, helping people in the sunshine state hear better every day. She loves being able to focus on patient care in a highly respected and established practice.
Dr. Banks earned her Doctor of Audiology Degree (Au.D.) from the University of Florida in 2010; prior to that, she received a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Florida State University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Dr. Banks lives in Bradenton with her husband and two dogs and enjoys taking walks with her family, traveling, reading, and exploring the outdoors. She has helped communities in need by participating in audiology mission trips to Mexico and South Africa.
The first part is an otoscopy, which involves looking in the ears to make sure there's no ear wax or any problems with the ear canal or ear drum. If the canal is clear, we move on to an audiogram, which includes air conduction testing, bone conduction testing, and speech testing to see how your speech understanding is with repeating words. After the examination, we go over the results with you and discuss the severity of your hearing loss and its probable cause, and then we'll make recommendations regarding treatment options. In certain cases we may suggest hearing aids. If there's a medical concern, we'll recommend that you follow up with a physician. If your hearing is normal, we'll recommend a timeframe for you to follow up with another hearing exam so we can keep an eye on your hearing.
For patients who decide to move forward with hearing aids, we keep demo units in our office so you can get a sense of what they might do to help you. We may even be able to fit you with your exact hearing aids then and there, depending on whether you need a custom-fit hearing aid or not. Before patients leave with their hearing aids, we make sure you're comfortable with the necessary care and you know what to expect. All hearing aids come with a 30-day return policy just in case something doesn't work out.
After the fitting appointment, we ask patients to come back for a checkup 1–2 weeks later and then 3–4 weeks after that. If everything is going well, we recommend visiting us every six months, just like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist.
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