Hearing Care Services Available
- Hearing Screenings and full Testing
- Hearing Aid Verifications
- Wax check of Ears
- Hearing Aid Clean and Check
- Hearing Consultations
- Hearing Aid Care and Cleaning Consultations
Hearing Aid Accessories and Assistive Listening Devices Available
- Hearing Aid Sales
- Battery Sales
- Hearing Aid Accessories (Cleaning Kits, Dri Aid, etc.)
- Amplified Phone Systems
- Bed shaker Alarm/Clock Systems
- Wireless T.V. Listening Systems
About Hearing Aids
Hearing devices have been around for hundreds of years, although it was not until 1800 that mass production began. Due to technology, hearing aids are now made more durable and comfortable. Manufacturers have made them smaller and easier to use and they are able to provide better quality.
The first step to take when considering the purchase of hearing aids is to obtain a professional hearing evaluation. This should include an inspection of your inner ear, a comprehensive hearing examination, a thorough explanation of the exam and if there’s a need, a recommendation and explanation of what hearing aids will work well for you.
On the basis of hearing test results an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist can determine whether hearing aids will help. Hearing aids are particularly useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people with sensorineural hearing loss (nerve damage). When choosing a hearing aid, your work and home activities, physical limitations, medical conditions, and cosmetic preferences will be considered. For many people, cost is also an important factor. With so many options available, there should be a hearing aid available to fit your budget. Some people choose to purchase only one hearing aid, however wearing two hearing aids is important for people with hearing loss in both ears. Wearing two hearing aids may help balance sounds, improve your understanding of words in noisy situations, and make it easier to locate the source of sounds. The type of hearing aids best suited to your needs will greatly depend on the nature and extent of your hearing loss and the size and shape of the outer ear and canal. Some conditions (i.e. ear drainage) may prevent a person from wearing hearing aids that block the ear or canal.
Using hearing aids successfully takes time and patience. Hearing aids will not restore normal hearing. Adjusting to a hearing aid is a gradual process that involves learning to listen in a variety of environments and becoming accustomed to hearing different sounds. Try to become familiar with hearing aids under non-stressful circumstances a few hours at a time. Programs are available to help users master new listening techniques and develop skills to manage hearing loss.
A few other factors to keep in mind as you choose your hearing aids:
- Aesthetic considerations play a large role for some wearers, who may prefer wearing nearly invisible aids.
- Some people prefer a hearing aid that is visible but blends with their skin tone.
- Small hearing aids also have tiny batteries and those with limited dexterity or sight problems may find these difficult to operate.
- Check first with your health insurance provider to find out if the device is covered.