Hear Every Word.
Your Comprehensive Hearing and Balance Health Care Provider In Myrtle Beach, SC
A phone call from your kids. A coworker’s whispered advice just before you get up to present to your boss. The punchline of a joke at the dinner table. What are you missing out on when you have trouble hearing? You’re missing out on more than you think. We’ve noticed the average person waits 7 years before coming to see our audiologists at Beach Audiology. That’s a long time, especially since hearing loss has been linked to:
- Cognitive decline
- Social isolation
Ignoring your hearing loss can have a serious effect on your overall health and well-being.
At Beach Audiology our audiologists are more than just “hearing doctors”. We understand the impact hearing loss has on the quality of your life. We’ll work with you to uncover the causes of your hearing loss and help figure out how to treat it so you can go back to doing what you love most. From hearing tests to hearing aids, our audiologists know that hearing well is crucial to your health and well-being.
Get the best out of life with BeachAudiology!
Meet Our Audiologist
Jason Wigand, Au.D.
Owner, Board Certified in Audiology
Dr. Wigand is an audiologist and cochlear implant provider in Myrtle Beach, SC. Jason was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss in his teens and about 10 years later received a cochlear implant. Inspired by his own hearing loss journey, he received his doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) and is passionate about helping others overcome hearing loss.
What Myrtle Beach, SC, Says About the Audiologists at Beach Audiology
Whether having a hearing evaluation or getting fitted for hearing aids, here’s what our clients have to say about us. See more reviews of Beach Audiology in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Feeling Left Out? Our Audiologists Can Help
Whether you miss a key line of your favorite TV show, or the score for your team, hearing loss can make you feel a little isolated.
At Beach Audiology we know how important the “little things” are. Our comprehensive hearing evaluation helps us determine not only the type and level of hearing loss you’re experiencing, we help you think through your daily activities.
- What do you want to be able to do with your hearing aids?
- Are you an inveterate swimmer and need waterproof hearing aids?
- Do you need hearing aids that cancel out the background noise so you can have a heart-to-heart in a romantic restaurant?
Our audiologists will walk you through the latest hearing technology to figure out what will work for you.
Jason Wigand's Story
I was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss in 1994, during the end of my sophomore year in college. I was an Army ROTC cadet at Tulane University in New Orleans. I had been nominated for airborne training at Fort Benning, GA. Prior to beginning training, I was required to take another complete physical. Being a young healthy college student and cadet, I did not believe I had anything to worry about. I was wrong. I failed the hearing test and was disqualified. Now, I had played saxophone and trombone in the band throughout school. I had served as drum major for two years and still played music in college. How could I have failed the hearing test?
I began to see an array of otolaryngologists and neurologists and was finally diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss due to an autoimmune disorder (I had rubella at 18 months of age…I was born in 1974 and that vaccine was not developed until 1979…and they believed that high frequency hearing loss had begun earlier in life and really accelerated after puberty). I did not believe, at the time, that it was interfering with my social or educational communications or interactions. However, it seemed it was enough to throw up the red flag to the US Army. My commanding officer informed me that soldiers do not wear hearing aids. I received a medical discharge shortly thereafter.
I finished school in my home state at the University of Kentucky. The avoidance of addressing my hearing loss and personal conviction that “I would be fine” lasted until the spring of 1999. That is when I began working for FedEx as a dispatcher and transferred to Chicago. I was working nights and spent much of my shift on the phone and radio. I began having a difficult time hearing through both communication platforms, I went to my otolaryngologist at the time and was fitted for a hearing aid. This was the beginning of a six-year struggle with an array of different models, brands, sizes, and types of hearing aids. My hearing continued to rapidly deteriorate to the point I had lost all hearing in my left ear and all but the low frequency access in my right.
The succeeding five years were a whirlwind, both professionally and personally. I was promoted to divisional projects manager, married a wonderful woman, and had two beautiful children. We had relocated to the northeast and settled in Connecticut. Until that Thursday evening in January, I did not realize how fortunate I was to be a patient of the ENT Medical and Surgical Group in New Haven, CT. After a number of more tests and two consultations, they noted my candidacy for cochlear implantation. I underwent surgery in August of 2005 and received my implant. I was mapped and fitted four weeks later. As a late-deafened, post-lingual adult, I thought I knew exactly how much acoustic information I was missing and how much my personal connections were suffering. I found that I had severely underestimated that. I became fascinated by what I “regained” and after another two years of searching for a way to further engage myself in helping others understand what hearing loss can do to someone, applied, and was accepted to The Ohio State University to complete graduate work in Audiology and hearing sciences, graduating with my doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.).
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