Is it Time for Hearing Aids?

There have been signs that it might be time to get hearing aids. But you’re still not sure that you’re the one with the problem. After all, sometimes other people ask you to repeat what you said and you don’t seem to be the only one having a problem hearing in a restaurant or at church. How do you know when it’s time to see if you might have a real problem?

Do others complain the TV is too loud?
Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
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Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?

Phonak

Whatever your degree of hearing loss Phonak has the right hearing aid for you regardless of your type of hearing loss, your lifestyle, your personal preferences, your age or your budget.

Oticon

People First is a promise: That everything we do always begins with the people we are doing it for. We are not simply trying to help you hear more, but to live more.

Signia

Signia hearing aids deliver the sound that nature intended by combining uncompromised audibility with a natural sounding own voice hear everything in harmony.

Starkey

Helping millions of patients with never-before-seen hearing aid technologies. Starkey believes every person’s hearing loss is unique that’s why every solution they design is, too.

Unitron

The small size & flawless finish contribute to the impressive appearance. Each detail is combined for comfort and functional buttons are designed for effortless use.

Widex

Our uncompromising approach to innovation has led to such advances as the world’s first digital in-the-ear hearing aid, as well as our own revolutionary wireless technology.

Lyric

Extended wear hearing aids that can be worn comfortably around the clock for months at a time. The devices don’t require batteries and are completely invisible when placed inside your ear. 

ReSound

ReSound ecosystem of hearing aids, apps and wireless accessories let you adapt to all kinds of environments and situations and makes sure you hear the sounds you want to hear. 

Rexton

Rexton hearing aids are professionally fitted to provide customers with comfort and superior hearing. The company has a wide variety of hearing aids aimed to offer a high quality of life to patients.

Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Rechargeability

Many of the devices we use every day can be powered by one or two types of batteries, rechargeable batteries or disposable batteries. Hearing aids are no different. Rechargeable hearing aids are becoming more popular every year.  And as their popularity has increased the number of models has increased.  But why have hearing aids with rechargeable batteries become an increasingly popular choice for many people?

The Advantages of Hearing Aids with Rechargeable Batteries

  • A full day’s power every day.
  • Ease of use for individuals with decreased dexterity, visual disorders or disorders, decreased fingertip sensitivity. Just place the hearing aid on or in a special docking system (similar to a hearing aid case) and the battery in the hearing aids will charge overnight.  It’s a very similar process to charging a smartphone.
  • Better for the environment, rechargeable hearing aid batteries require replacement annually. Non-rechargeable hearing aids will require replacement of the battery every week to two weeks
  • Less worry about harm to pets and small children. Hearing aid batteries are small and easy for little hands and curious pets to pick up and swallow.  Rechargeable batteries can be left in the hearing aid to recharge, which means you are less likely to accidentally leave a battery in an easily accessible location.

There are numerous advantages to rechargeable hearing aids, too many to list in one short article.  Please reach out to us today. We work with the top hearing aid manufacturers and will work with you to find the solution that is the best fit for your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.

Bluetooth Technology

Bluetooth technology is a wireless communications system intended to replace the cables connecting many different types of devices, from mobile phones and headsets to heart monitors and medical equipment.

As a global standard, Bluetooth technology is in billions of products worldwide, including virtually every mobile phone, laptop, tablet, new car, and more than 40 million medical devices.

In 2005 the first hearing aids capable of utilizing Bluetooth technology in hearing aids were introduced.  Not long after manufacturers added Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids that were able to connect to televisions, MP 3 players, cell phones, and computers. 

Bluetooth technology is the most recent advance in hearing aids. It is a way to send digital information wirelessly over short distances. Bluetooth technology works to allow two hearing aids to wirelessly communicate with each other and also allows user to connect to devices in their home and car, like a DVD player, computer, GPS, and cell phone. There are pros and cons to having this type of technology in a hearing aid.

Advantages of Bluetooth Technology

Signal Stability – Bluetooth device uses multiple channels to convey the sound and is, therefore, less likely to lose that signal due to interference with one of the channels.

Higher Sound Quality – Feedback and whistling and other problems associated with some hearing aids is diminished with the use of Bluetooth and the sound quality, in general, is improved as well.

Binaural Hearing – Bluetooth technology allows hearing aids to speak with each other.  This allows the hearing aids to maintain the quality of speech and discern and localize sounds relevant to the listener’s position. A conventional phone can only be held to one ear at a time.  Bluetooth technology allows the user to hear their cell phone in both ears.

Hands-Free – With a switch of a button you can talk hands-free without the need to hold the phone to your ear.

Simultaneous Connection– Bluetooth technology can accommodate multiple devices so that a person can be directly connected to their computer or cell or MP3 or DVD depending on which device they wish to hear.

Wireless – Bluetooth eliminates the need for wires and lines of other connectivity devices and has applications for people with unilateral hearing loss who wear BiCROS hearing aids.

What is an Open Fit Hearing Aid?

What is an Open Fit Hearing Aid?

“Open-fit” or “over-the-ear” (OTE) hearing aids are small behind-the-ear type devices. There are two different types of open ear mini-BTEs: those with the speaker (receiver) in the ear and those with the receiver in the aid.

How Does an Open Fit Hearing Aid Work?

Sound travels from the instrument through a small tube or wire to a tiny dome or speaker in the ear canal. Since the ear canal is not completely sealed by the tiny dome sound can enter the ear canal naturally while still amplifying only the sounds you have difficulty hearing. 

Who Can Benefit From An Open Fit Hearing Aid?

When initially introduced, the open ear fitting was primarily successful for individuals with mild high-frequency hearing loss due to feedback (whistle) issues. However, improvements in digital feedback suppression technology, now afford individuals with mild to severe hearing loss the opportunity to benefit from open ear hearing aids. 

Advantages of Open Fit Hearing Aids

  • Is less visible than a traditional BTE hearing aid
  • Doesn’t “plug” the ear canal
  • Eliminates the sensation of the wearer’s voice sounding like they are speaking into a barrel.
  • Eliminates feedback when using telephones.

Contact our office today.  We can assess your hearing and determine if you are a candidate for an open fit hearing aid.

If you are able to benefit from this technology, we will guide you when selecting the appropriate open fit hearing aid to meet your communication and listening needs.

Why We Work With More Than One Vendor

We believe in only providing only the highest quality products available on the market today.  We’ve chosen to work with the vendors listed below because they share that belief.  Technology is evolving at a rapid pace.  One vendor partner will often introduce new technology that outperforms another vendor partner for a specific listening need. Working with multiple vendors affords us the opportunity to provide our patients with the best solution for their particular listening needs

Getting the most from your hearing aids
  • Wear your hearing aids every day.
  • Your hearing loss didn’t happen overnight, give yourself some time to adjust to better hearing.
  • Different environments may require a longer adjustment period. Typically the noisier the listening environment is the longer the adjustment period will be.
  • Keep your hearing aids in good working condition.
  • Use the hearing aid batteries we recommend. Off brands can damage a hearing aid.
  • Keep your follow-up appointments to allow you time to discuss your questions and concerns.

 

Hearing is a primary means of communication whether you are the one providing information or the one seeking an answer to a question. Human beings are wired to experience distress when our ability to communicate is problematic. While the term quality of life may be difficult to define, interference with the ability to understand and to be understood is bound to have a profound impact on the quality of life of anyone who experiences that kind of breakdown for an extended period of time.

Someone with an untreated or undetected hearing loss will often strenuously avoid new and unfamiliar situations and people because they know they will struggle to hear.  Allowing your hearing loss to dictate your actions is often the first sign that your hearing loss has impacted your quality of life. Often a hearing loss impacts the quality of life of your loved ones as well particularly your significant other as well since your choices dictate how they live too.  Don’t let your hearing loss make decisions for you…call us today, we can help.

“She was very personable, knowledgeable, very good at listening to me, but also adept at dealing with my biases and concerns.”

—Alan M., MD

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