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7 High-Tech Reasons You Should Finally Deal with Your Hearing Loss

Finally Deal with Your Hearing Loss!

Lifting your mood, boosting your energy, protecting your earnings, super-charging your social life — and even keeping your mind sharp: These are just some of the many spoils that come with facing and dealing with a noise-induced hearing loss that has been slowly but persistently creeping up on you.

The quality-of-life and feel-good benefits of treating even just mild hearing loss brought on by years of loud music, power tools, high-volume headphones, motor-sport engines, crowded night clubs and bars, noisy restaurants, and raucous sporting events are plenty. But in this digital age of smart phones and wearable technologies, the draw for many solution-minded consumers may be in the technology itself. Super-smart, super-sleek, super-convenient, and super-sophisticated — today’s hearing aids give you a multitude of reasons to address that hearing loss you’ve been trying so hard to ignore.

Consider these inspiring facts about today’s highly functional, high-powered hearing aids. They just may get you to finally do something about your hearing loss and make your life easier.

1. They’re cool, sleek, discreet and virtually invisible. New technologies are all about function, style, and effortless living. The latest hearing aids offer all three. The designs are incredibly attractive with smooth, modern contours. And they’re much smaller than even conventional Bluetooth earpieces. Many of the latest hearing aids are so tiny, they sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal, out of sight. You might say that aesthetically, hearing aids have had a complete makeover.

2. They cut out background noise so you hear what you want to hear. Even with the best of hearing, it’s tough to hear people when it’s noisy. But many state-of-the-art hearing aids not only reduce unwanted noise, they also scan the listening environment and automatically adapt to it — even in wind. There are hearing aids that can actually “geo-tag” a location. So if it’s convenient for you to network at a certain coffee shop, your hearing aids will know when you’re there and adjust themselves accordingly. For the record, it’s not by chance that the latest state-of-the-art hearing aids are so adaptable to changing noise scenarios. Recordings of virtually every imaginable listening situation have been used to create algorithms and “train” these amazing mini-computers for your ears.

3. They capture the natural richness and variation of speech, so it’s easier to follow the conversation wherever you are. Let’s face it, one of the most pesky aspects of not hearing as well as you once did is not catching everything people are saying. New technologies not only help you decipher speech details in music and noise, but they better preserve and clarify the more subtle sounds of language — like the consonants B, S, F, T, and Z — so you can really follow what someone is saying. No faking.

4. You can hear from all directions — even when scoping out what’s in the fridge. Advanced directional microphone technology lets you hear from the back and side — something really important when driving a car. But it also makes it easier to hear voices more clearly in other everyday settings — like when your head is in the fridge and your significant other is talking at your back. Yes, that’s one great feature.

5. Digital, Bluetooth, and wireless capabilities keep you connected when it counts. Digital, wireless hearing aids are the now the norm. That means many new technologies let you stream sound directly into your hearing aids — at the perfect volume — from your smartphone, laptop, conference-room speakerphone, home entertainment system, and other Bluetooth devices. Music, phone calls, podcasts, videos, whatever you listen to through your iPhone (or iPad and iPod for that matter), you can listen to through many hearing aids. Some even let you control the volume and other personalized sound settings with an app on your smartphone. Several types of wireless accessories give you a listening boost by bridging the gap between you and the speaker, making it easier to hear in loud or large places. Using a wireless mini-microphone — with cool, contoured designs, some even looking like a pen— placed on the restaurant or conference-room table, or near anyone you want to hear, makes it feel like they’re speaking directly and clearly into your ears, no matter how noisy the setting. You adjust the volume.

6. State-of-the-art comfort and convenience mean you’ll always want to use them. Super-small, super-light, customized, functional, and ergonomically designed, hearing aids today are more comfy than ever — yet tough enough to withstand real life. For most of the newest hearing aids, there’s virtually no feedback or whistling thanks to advances in digital technologies. And most are hypoallergenic with nanotechnology coating to keep them clean and dry. Some are even fully waterproof, so you can swim and shower in them, no problem. Plus, today’s greater-than-ever audio-processing goes hand-in-hand with less battery usage. Some hearing aids are even rechargeable, eliminating the need to change batteries altogether. But the convenience and comfort don’t end there. Some brands let you set up reminders for things like appointments or taking medicine. Perhaps the most “peace-of-mind-preserving” life hack, though, is leading-edge technology that helps sooth the ringing in your ears (tinnitus) in a way that suits you.

7. There are even more disruptive hearing technologies on the horizon. Totally out-of-sight, semi-permanent hearing aids that stay in for two to three months let you shower and sleep in them, no fuss. Perhaps the most futuristic glimpse of hearing aids is tied to recent ground-breaking studies revealing a significant link between untreated hearing loss and dementia. Hearing aid manufacturers are deep in the trenches working to create future break-through technologies that will make it as easy as possible for the brain to decode speech and other sounds. Reducing cognitive load — that is, drawing fewer resources from the brain just to “hear” — is a very good thing. After all, we really do hear with our brains and not with our ears. Some hearing aids with these technologies are already available. Yes, leading-edge hearing aids are here to help you keep your mind sharp and your life easier by hearing your best at every age — starting today.

What does it mean to be an HIS?

HIS is an abbreviation for Hearing Instrument Specialist. Typically an HIS has a high school diploma or GED, and 6 weeks sales training from the firm they are employed by.

What does it mean to be an FAAA?

FAAA stands for Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology.

The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. The active membership of more than 12,000 is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.

What does it mean to be an MA?

MA is an abbreviation of Master of Arts. A graduate degree, from a University received after a 4 year bachelor’s degree has been earned. An Audiologist who holds a Master of Arts degree specializing in the field of Audiology has completed at least 6 years of formal university education after a high school diploma.

Who’s Who In Hearing Healthcare

Hearing is a precious gift; when hearing loss develops, it is important to contact the best, most qualified hearing healthcare professional available to meet your needs. In New York State, this can be a confusing issue. The following is a list of three professionals most often providing hearing health services. This list represents the minimum requirements of each category; obviously some professionals may choose to exceed these minimums.

So…Who’s Who In Hearing Healthcare?

OTOLARYNGOLOGIST/Ear, Nose & Throat Physician:

This individual is a Medical Doctor (M.D.) who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases of the ears, nose, and throat. The Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician also performs ear, nose, throat, head, and neck surgery. Minimum requirements for an Otolaryngologist include:

  1. 8-10 years college coursework and internships earning the Medical Degree (M.D.)
  2. 2-3 years college coursework and internship specializing in ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgery
  3. New York State License to practice medicine/surgery
  4. Certified/affiliated by national academy/organization (American Medical Assoc., Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, etc.)

AUDIOLOGIST:

An audiologist is a para-medical professional (not an M.D.) providing diagnostic audiological testing of the ear, hearing, and balance mechanisms. An audiologist also provides hearing rehabilitation services such as lip-reading training, aural rehab, and hearing aid dispensing. Minimum requirements for an audiologist include:

  1. 6-7 years college coursework and internships earning a Master’s Degree in Audiology
  2. New York State License to practice audiology
  3. Certified/affiliated by national academy/organization (American Academy of Audiology, American Speech and Hearing Association, etc.)

HEARING Instrument Dispenser/Dealer:

This individual is involved with the sale and fitting of hearing aids. They can provide a very basic and limited form of hearing testing (for amplification purposes only and usually free of charge since they are not licensed to perform such tests). Minimum requirements for NYS hearing aid dispensers:

  1. 18 years of age
  2. Registration of their business with the state (registration issued upon payment of registration fee, without and other requirements related to professional experience or competency in the field of dispensing hearing aids.)
  3. Some dispensers elect to meet requirements and receive certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences

 

With so much at stake, don’t settle for anyone less than the best hearing professional to fit you with your hearing devices.

Who Do You Think Is More Prepared To Help You Hear Better?

A DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY:

  • They’re required to have graduated from an accredited audiology program with a Doctorate or Masters Degree
  • Doctors of Audiology are certified and trained to manage many areas of hearing healthcare
  • They perform diagnostic tests for balance/dizziness
  • Doctors of Audiology perform auditory processing evaluations for infants, children, and adults
  • They design, help select, and fit hearing instruments
  • They provide rehabilitation therapy for hearing disorders which might include strategies to improve aided hearing, speech-reading, and sign language
  • Doctors of Audiology help manage cerumen (earwax)
  • They evaluate and manage tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Doctors of Audiology provide patient and family counseling about living with hearing loss

Audiologist focus on providing a high level of patient care to ensure overall hearing health!

 

A HEARING INSTRUMENT SPECIALIST:

  • No minimum educational requirements in PA
  • Hearing Instrument Specialist perform rudimentary hearing tests for the purpose of selling hearing aids to adults only
  • Hearing Instrument Specialist fits and sells hearing aids

Hearing Instrument Specialists focus primarily on product sales!

 

So…Who Do You Think Is More Prepared To Help You Hear Better? With so much at stake, don’t settle for anyone less than the best hearing professional to fit you with your hearing devices and help you hear better.

What’s Different About Today’s Hearing Aids?

What The Survey Says About Today’s Hearing Aids :

According to the EPIC “Listen Hear!” survey, most people don’t realize that hearing aids have come a long way; nor do they realize that today’s hearing aids are eligible expenses for flexible savings accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs).

Today’s hearing aids are dramatically more advanced than the hearing aids of even just a few years ago. Many of today’s hearing aids allow users to hear from all directions, in all sorts of sound environments, and even underwater. They are digital, wireless, can connect directly to your smartphone or television, and can be as discreet or as visible as you like. A new rechargeable feature on some newly designed hearing aids even allows you to recharge your hearing aids every night, so there’s no more need for small batteries.

Check out some other articles to learn more about today’s hearing aids:

Hearing Aids and Electronic Technology Meet

What is the best hearing aid on the market?

Hearing Aids and your TV

Hearing Aids And The Digital Revolution

If you have more questions or feel you may need your hearing checked, please call Hearing Consultants at 513.489.3300

Why Addressing Hearing Loss Is a Smart Business Practice

Fortunately, when it is addressed, hearing loss is largely manageable. The vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. 8 out of 10 hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids.

Of course, those changes affect not only their personal lives but their work lives as well.

A national Better Hearing Institute study found that the use of hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss dramatically for people with hearing loss.

  • People with milder hearing loss had a 90% to 100% risk improvement.
  • People with moderate to severe hearing loss had a 65% to 77% improvement.

The study also found that people with severe hearing loss who do use hearing aids are nearly twice as likely to be employed as their peers who don’t use hearing aids.

As a business owner, employer, or manager, what does this mean for you? To retain your valued employees and help keep them safe and successful on the job, think about ways to incorporate hearing wellness in the workplace.

If like most U.S. employers your organization has a wellness program, you can offer your employees hearing tests and hearing health information. You can also include hearing aids as an employee benefit.

These steps encourage workers to treat hearing loss rather than hide it or create workarounds. Not only does this help the individual’s quality of life, it also creates a work environment where you and your employees can team up to ensure that hearing loss does not interfere with job performance, productivity, safety, morale, or opportunities in the workplace.

The cost of training new employees is one of the steepest business costs. In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, many organizations have realized the value of maturing workers who have experience and expertise. Retaining them is essential for success. Helping your employees to extend their careers by managing hearing loss is one effective step you can take.

As a business leader, you also know how important communication and interpersonal skills are for a successful workplace. Helping employees to manage hearing loss can be critical to maintaining good workplace relations and excellent client and customer service.

Hearing loss may have other hidden costs for your business. Depression affects many people with hearing loss, for example. That has not only personal costs for the individual but bottom-line healthcare costs for your organization. Safety problems can lead to increased worker’s compensation and insurance claims.

You know the importance of avoiding discrimination in the workplace. Addressing hearing loss directly as a workplace issue focuses on solutions and helps create a partnership between you and your employees on the issue.

Helping your employees manage hearing loss just makes sense. And it may remind you to get your own hearing checked, too!

For a step-by-step breakdown of what to expect, ask, and look for when visiting a hearing healthcare professional and purchasing a hearing aid, download “Your Guide to Buying Hearing Aids” at www.BetterHearing.org or http://ow.ly/xvlow.

For information and resources on workplace wellness, along with information on National Employee Wellness Month, visit www.NationalEmployeeWellnessMonth.com.

If you have more questions or feel you may need your hearing checked, please call Hearing Consultants at 513.489.3300.

 

Are Hearing Aids Expensive?

Expensive is a relative term. The cost of hearing aids has actually decreased over time, when compared to the rate of inflation.

Today, hearing aids range from approximately $1,000 to $4,000 each, depending on the technology selected. Several factors contribute to the cost of hearing aids, including: research and development costs; customization of each device to fit the needs of the wearer; manufacturing costs; and time spent with the professional who fits and services the instruments for the lifetime of the product.

Averaged over the lifetime of the instruments (3 – 5 years or more), the cost per day of a pair of highly featured, advanced instruments is about $3 – less than a large latte at your favorite java joint. And hearing aids are proven to not only help you hear better, but to actually improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss and their families.

The ability to hear clearly is to fully immerse yourself in life and to enjoy all the sounds that surround you. That’s not a dollar-and-cents consideration any more than a pair of eyeglasses comes down to dollars and sense.

Hearing is beautiful. It adds a long-lost dimension to everyday life. You hear sounds that you’ve forgotten but didn’t know you missed – until you hear them again. And when you do, you’ll understand why hearing aid myth busting is catching on.

Call the office today to discover what you’ve been missing and forget the myths. Things have changed. Really changed.

Hearing Consultants 513-489-3300

Before You Buy Hearing Aids

Questions you may want to ask before you purchase hearing aids:

Most people with poor eyesight would not consider trying to function without glasses or contacts, but some people who cannot hear well resign themselves to living in an increasingly quiet world.  Hearing usually fades gradually which makes it harder to realize how serious the problem has become.  Some people may not want to be seen wearing hearing aids.  Often, the very prospect of purchasing a hearing aid can be confusing and/or overwhelming.

Purchasing a hearing aid represents a significant investment.  If you, or a loved one, are considering a hearing aid, here are several points for you to consider:

  1. Choose an Audiologist you trust. If you suspect you have a hearing loss, consult with an Audiologist.  An Audiologist has a graduate degree specifically in the measurement and non-medical treatment of hearing impairment.  You need someone who will be committed to helping you hear your best.  Obtaining hearing aids and getting used to them is a process.  During that time, you will see your Audiologist several times.  You want to feel comfortable with your Audiologist and it is best to choose a caring individual who is truly interested in helping you hear your best.  Avoid those who sell only one brand of hearing aids.  No manufacturer makes a hearing aid that is right for everyone
  2. Get a diagnostic evaluation. Your hearing test is the foundation on which a successful hearing aid fitting is built.  The Audiologist will test your hearing to determine the type and degree of your hearing loss.  An audiometer is used to determine your speech understanding abilities, as well as your hearing thresholds, which are the softest sounds you can hear at various pitches.  They will also test your middle ear and eardrum for proper function.  The Audiologist will explain your loss to you and tell you whether your loss is conductive, sensorineural or mixed in nature.  Sensorineural hearing losses in, once diagnosed, are treated with the use of amplification or hearing aids.  Approximately 90% of all hearing losses are sensorineural in nature and cannot be treated medically.  If the nature of your loss is conductive or mixed, the Audiologist will refer you to a physician specializing in diseases of the ear for a medical evaluation.  Hearing tests are diagnostic procedures and are typically covered by insurance.  Avoid the free hearing test.  Understand your choices.  Once a sensorineural hearing loss has been diagnosed the Audiologist will offer you several choices of hearing aids.  Hearing aids are fairly simple in principle.  They consist of a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver and a battery.  However, the technology and size varies and will affect the cost.  Most hearing aids fit today are digital in technology.  Some are very basic featuring only five pitch bands while others might contain more advanced levels of technology featuring up to 20 individual pitch bands to precisely fit your hearing loss.  The styles vary from behind-the-ear all the way to nearly unnoticeable hearing aids.  The Audiologist will make recommendations based on your hearing loss and your lifestyle.  It is more cost-effective to get a better quality hearing aid that you will wear than to get the less expensive model and not wear it because it does not meet your needs.  Talk with your Audiologist and discuss your expectations and match them to the level of technology that will appropriately address them.  A quality hearing aid in your ear is a better value than a less expensive hearing aid in a drawer.
  3. One hearing aid or two? If you have hearing loss in both ears, you need to wear two hearing aids.  Our brains are able to process speech better, especially in noisy areas, when both ears are amplified.  Occasionally it happens that one ear is “unaidable.”  In that situation, a CROS or BiCROS system is appropriate.
  4. Ask questions. There are many very good manufacturers of hearing aids and no simple way to tell in advance which one will work best for you.  Audiologists work with several hearing aid companies and narrow their recommendations based on your specific needs, hearing loss and lifestyle.  In today’s age of technology, some consumers spend time researching various hearing aid manufacturers online, while others still rely on word of mouth and what has worked for others.  Talk to people you know who wear hearing aids as well as your Audiologist.  Ask questions.  

 

Once you have established a relationship with an Audiologist you trust and have had all of your questions answered, you need to make a decision about which hearing aid is best for you.  The Audiologist may  take an impression of your ears.  It is very important to get a good ear impression.  A rushed impression makes for a poor-fitting hearing aid.  The hearing aid could be too loose and then whistle, or it could be too tight and cause your ear to hurt.  It can take approximately two weeks to obtain the new hearing aids.  Your Audiologist will give you a written price quote and information about your new hearing aids before you leave the office.

  1. Being fit with your new hearing aids. Plan to spend about an hour with your Audiologist on the day of your hearing aid fitting.  The Audiologist will make sure they fit properly and will program them to your specific loss.  It is common to start with only one program at the initial fitting; adding more at follow up appointments as needed and if your hearing aids are equipped with multiple programs.  You will learn how to properly insert and remove your hearing aids and their batteries.  Your Audiologist will also discuss proper care and cleaning of your hearing aids.
  2. Adjusting to your hearing aids. If you have grown accustomed to living with hearing loss, you may find at first that hearing aids overwhelm you with sound.  You are hearing things you have not heard in a long time.  While you may have to “build up” how long you wear your hearing aids, the more you wear them, the quicker the adjustment process will be.  It may take several visits to the Audiologist to fine tune the hearing aids and get comfortable with insertion, removal, changing the battery and caring for your hearing aids.  Be patient, once you get through the initial adjustment period things will get much easier.

Does it sound like a lot to remember?  Relax!  The most important thing to remember is to work with an Audiologist you trust and feel comfortable with.  Armed with this information, you are on your way to making a good decision regarding your hearing aid purchase.  If you would like further information or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Hearing Consultants at (513) 489-3300.

Cell Phones and Hearing Aids

Q. I am getting a new cell phone. How do I make sure it is compatible with my hearing aids?

Cell phones create “Radio Frequency Emissions” when a call is placed. These emissions create an electromagnetic field, which hearing aids may or may not be able to shield. The electronics used for backlighting, display and circuit board can cause magnetic interference.  Speakerphones, text messaging, and vibrating ring mode are standard features that benefit the hearing-impaired cell phone user.

Models and features of cell phone technology change quickly so it is important to stay informed. The Cellular Telecommunication and Internet Association (CTIA) website on accessibility and wireless technology is www.accesswireless.org. It includes wireless and cell phones that work well with hearing aids.

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment please call us.

How do I know if I have hearing loss?

Aging, hereditary, exposure to loud noise, medications, infections, or disease, can cause hearing Loss. It negatively impacts quality of life, personal relationships and, of course, the ability to communicate.  You may have a hearing loss if…

  • You hear people speaking but have trouble understanding their words.
  • You don’t laugh at jokes because you missed the punch line.
  • You frequently complain that people mumble or speak to fast.
  • You need to ask others about the details of a meeting you just attended.
  • You listen to the TV or radio louder than those around you.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should see an audiologist for a comprehensive hearing evaluation.  Most hearing problems do not require medical intervention.  In fact over 95% of all hearing losses are not medically or surgically treatable. However, it is very important to receive the proper diagnosis before considering amplification.  For more information or to schedule an appointment please call us.

Is there a hearing aid that restores hearing to a dead ear?

Q. I have one dead ear. Is there a hearing aid that restores hearing to a dead ear?

A.  First, no hearing aid restores normal hearing. Yes, there is a hearing device that is used when the hearing loss in one ear is too severe to benefit from a hearing aid. These devices are called CROS hearing systems.

In a CROS hearing system, a device that looks like a hearing aid is placed on the poor ear to act strictly as a transmitter, picking up the sounds on that side of the head. The sound is routed across to the other ear, where a second device is worn. This allows the better ear to hear sounds from the poorer side. The hearing impaired person hears only in the good ear but has regained localization abilities and directionality of sound.

CROS hearing systems can be either hard wired together or can be wireless.

For more information or to schedule a hearing consultation please call us at 513.489.3300.

How do I care for my hearing aids?

Q. How do I care for my hearing aids?
A. Examine your hearing aids daily. Clean them if necessary with the tools you were given. Don’t use any sharp objects or toothpicks in the openings. Wipe them off with a soft cloth or tissue if slippery or wet. Don’t use hairspray while wearing hearing aids.

Spray your hair before you put your hearing aids on, let it dry and then insert your hearing aids. Don’t wear your hearing aids while exercising; your perspiration is harmful to the electronic components. If you want to use hand lotion put your hearing aids in first, then use the lotion.

You don’t want to clog up or drop the hearing aids.Open the battery door when not in use. Not only does this turn off the instrument, but also allows harmful moisture to evaporate.

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 513.489.3300.

What is the difference between a hearing screening and a hearing test?

A hearing screening indicates whether your hearing is within normal limits or not. The quick procedure determines whether a complete hearing test is necessary. Several tones are presented within the range of normal hearing. If all of the tones are heard, hearing is determined to be within normal limits. If any of the tones are missed, a complete hearing evaluation is recommended.

Hearing tests, which are performed by a licensed Audiologist, determine if there is a hearing loss, the type and degree of the hearing loss, and subsequent recommendations. A complete hearing evaluation includes a sequence of tests. Evaluation time can last up to one hour, depending on the individual test findings.  Recommendations are made for medical or non-medical intervention based on the completed series of diagnostic tests.

Most insurance companies pay for hearing tests; screenings are typically offered free of charge.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 513.489.3300.

Hearing Aids: Questions to ask before you buy

Questions you may want to ask before you purchase hearing aids:

  • Will my hearing be tested by a licensed audiologist, or by a hearing instrument specialist who has a high school diploma and sales training? Ask to see their credentials.
  • Will I have more than one option to choose from, or do they represent only one manufacturer?
  • Are routine hearing aid check-ups & cleanings provided at no extra charge forever?
  • Are they truly looking out for your best interest, or pushing to meet their sales quota?
  • Call the Better Business Bureau (513-421-3015) before scheduling your appointment. Our record is spotless.

 Remember, you’re not just choosing hearing aids.  You are choosing your hearing healthcare provider; both are equally important.

 

What Is An Audiologist?

An Audiologist is the professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss.

Audiologists have extensive training and skills to evaluate the hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages.  Audiologists conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual’s hearing problem.  Audiologists present a variety of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment.  Audiologists often dispense and fit hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training.  Audiologists refer patients to physicians when the hearing problem needs medical or surgical evaluation.

How Helpful Are Hearing Aids?

A Veteran’s Administration study of nearly 200 adults found that hearing aids are “very successful treatments for reversing the social, emotional and communication dysfunction caused by hearing impairment.”

The people in the study had a mild or moderate hearing loss, and none had used hearing aids previously.  Six weeks after being fit with hearing aids, each person completed a detailed questionnaire.  The results indicated “large quality of life improvements in the areas of communication and social function.”  Based on the study, the researches concluded:  “hearing aids represent a relatively inexpensive therapy for the amount of benefit gained.”

Do you know someone who has put off getting help for his or her hearing loss?  Share this information with them.  You’ll be an ambassador for better hearing by telling them what hearing healthcare has meant in your own life.

Realistic Expectations

Some of you may have heard friends or relatives talk about realistic expectations regarding what hearing aids can do.  Realistic expectations also apply to a hearing aid’s lifetime.  Hearing aids are small, intricate electronic devices, with hundreds of parts and circuits.  They are worn on the body and are exposed to ear wax (cerumen), body oils, and perspiration.  They are subject to a wide range of temperature and humidity levels.  In fact, laboratory tests have indicated that microphones and receivers are subject to greater stress in hearing aids than in satellites and the space shuttle!  As a result, all hearing aids have a limited lifetime and require regular cleaning and maintenance.  If you feel your hearing aids need a “tune-up”, please call the office and schedule a hearing test.

 

The Goal: Hearing As Well As Possible

If you have a hearing loss, you know better than anyone else the problems caused by not hearing well.  We live in a world that can be difficult for someone with a hearing loss.

You also know that we don’t cure hearing loss.  But the hearing help available today can be pretty remarkable.  Our goal is to make sure you’re hearing as well as possible.

The selection of your hearing aids is based on a number of factors.  Hearing loss pattern, comfort, appearance, cost, ease of handling – all these factors play a role in which hearing aids are best for you.  We’re always happy to review the choices available to you – what to expect, pros and cons, cost – so that you can reach your goal:  hearing as well as possible.