Hearing Aids & Hearing Loss
Understanding is your first step toward improved quality of life.
Do I Have a Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.
Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
Do you have more trouble hearing women than men?
Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?
Do you notice any ringing or buzzing sounds in either ear?
Brands We Carry
Oticon Hearing Aids
People First is Oticon’s promise: That everything they do always begins with the people they are doing it for. They are not simply trying to help you hear more, but to live more.
Phonak Hearing Aids
Phonak continuously challenges the limits of technology to help overcome even the most difficult hearing situations. Whatever your degree of hearing loss, Phonak has the right hearing aid for you.
Resound Hearing Aids
ReSound hearing aids offer an ecosystem of hearing aids, apps
Signia Hearing Aids
Signia hearing aids deliver the sound that nature intended by combining uncompromised audibility with a natural sounding own voice hear everything in harmony.
Starkey Hearing Aids
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 Hearing Aids
Our design philosophy keeps our hearing instrument wearers at the center of our innovation processes, ensuring we are solving real pain points and improving the entire hearing care experience.
Widex Hearing Aids
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.
How it Works
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.
Pros of Bluetooth
Signal Stability – Bluetooth device uses multiple channels to convey the sound and is
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.
Simultaneous Connection– Bluetooth technology can accommodate multiple
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.
Cons of Bluetooth
Decreased Battery Life– Bluetooth technology when enabled will drain the battery more quickly then will occur with typical use.
Pairing Devices– Using Bluetooth technology requires a one time set up with each new device you add to your system. This pairing of technology is necessary so that the devices can communicate with each other, but only requires set up on the first use.
Regardless of your lifestyle, employment status or age,
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
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
- Rechargeable batteries can provide 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 unique docking system (similar to a hearing aid case), and the battery in the hearing aids will charge overnight. It’s a very similar process
tocharging 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 leave a battery in an easily accessible location accidentally.
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.
Getting the Most from Your Hearing Aids
I believe in the progress and ability of man to find solutions to problems. In recent years I have witnessed a great improvement in the number of satisfied hearing aid users. In the process, I have learned that no manufacturer has devised a hearing system (digital or otherwise) that will interface satisfactorily with every individual’s hearing loss because hearing loss is not just a lack of sensitivity to sound. Personal perception has a great effect on how a person may adapt to and use electro acoustic (ear-level amplified) sound.
Every manufacturer believes that their hearing system is the best, and they are right, but not for every person. Their representatives admit that fact. It is critical that everyone, who comes to me for assistance, is provided with that hearing system which will interface most effectively with his or her own hearing loss and perception of sound. This is why I represent so many manufacturers. I search out and study every new development to locate and understand their strengths and best application to the individual.
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