At Provident Ear, Nose & Throat, we are proud to have partnered with Piedmont Hearing Center. Ellen Miele is a licensed Audiologist with more than 20 years experience in her field of expertise. Her qualifications allow us to offer a full range of professional audiology services, whether diagnostic testing or hearing aid evaluation and fitting. Ellen is experienced in Pediatric and Adult Audiology, and will be happy to assist you, whatever your needs.

Diagnostic Testing

Whether you or your child has failed a hearing screen, has a speech delay, or just has a concern about hearing, we offer a full range of hearing testing and other diagnostic ear testing. Even if you have a problem other than hearing loss, this diagnostic testing may be recommended to get a fuller picture of your ear health.

Hearing Aid Services

Testing and Audiology

In order to serve your needs, an audiogram and tympanogram will likely be necessary. This is much more than a hearing test, and includes an evaluation of inner ear function and nerve reflexes. The tympanogram measures middle ear pressure and Eustacian Tube function.

Ear impressions

Since the various hearing aid systems produce different hearing impressions, it is important for you to make a comparison yourself. For this purpose we will produce custom-made earmolds based on the exact contours of your ears. We can then ensure that your hearing aid fits perfectly.

The Fitting

To determine the optimum settings for your hearing aids, we use your audiogram, as well as your personal impression of how well you can hear. This adjustment process is crried out using a computer. When adjusting your aids, we take various measurements to check how well you can hear. Once we teach you how to operate them and instruct you on the energy supply (batteries), you should wear your new hearing aids for a few days in your regular surroundings.

Based upon what you tell us about how well you can hear in your everyday environment, we will make any necessary final adjustments.

Your Audiologist

For Ellen Miele, Audiology is more than a job–it is a passion built on her personal life experiences. After a surgical procedure, her father suffered a profound loss of hearing, which led Ellen into a field where she could make a difference. Shortly after graduating with a Masters Degree in Audiology from Syracuse University, she fit one of her first patients-her dad-with a hearing aid. Ellen says, "Being able to enhance someone's quality of life by improving their hearing makes this job truly rewarding. And there is an added benefit of working with so many warm people who appreciate what I do."

Ellen moved to the Upstate 11 years ago, and has three children, ages 12, 15, and 21. She holds state licensure and national certification as an Audiologist. She has experience working in nursing homes, medical practices, and the school system that predates going into private practice. Every time she helps a patient, she feels the same sense of accomplishment she felt when she first helped her father more than 20 years ago.