All the hearing instruments we fit are personally selected and then customized for you based on a variety of important factors. These important factors include things like your level of hearing loss, your past experience with hearing instruments, your lifestyle and level of social interactions, your dexterity and ability to handle them, your concerns about cosmetics/appearance, your budget, performance, durability, style, color, size, adaptability, and compatibility with accessories, smartphones and other devices. Be sure not to sacrifice substance for savings. Though pricing for hearing aids at big chain stores is generally less than a hearing healthcare office, they have a limited selection, may stock hearing aids that are a few years behind in technology, and don’t offer the same broad scope of service and support found in the office of a hearing health professional.We offer a free evaluation and consultation to review all these details and come up with an appropriate recommendation for you.
Every hearing instrument we fit is uniquely selected, customized, and fitted to each individual according to their particular needs and concerns. This includes the specific amplification need for the hearing loss, the specific programs and features appropriate for the lifestyle and social interactions of the individual. Different styles accommodate the cosmetic, dexterity, and anatomy of each person. The level of technology can affect the overall cost will vary widely based needs of each person’s needs and financial concerns. Many instruments have user controls for volume adjustment and program changes. Some hearing instruments are compatible with a variety of accessories and other devices, like remote controls and smartphones. We offer a free evaluation and consultation to review all these details and come up with an appropriate recommendation for you.
There are many factors that can contribute to the development of hearing loss, but exposure to loud noise is the most common reason for the condition. Other causes include:
- Chemotherapy and radiation treatments
- Certain antibiotics
- Wax buildup
- Ear and viral infections
Yes, there are four different kinds of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, mixed and central.
- Conductive hearing loss results from problems in either the middle or outer ear or occasionally both. The auditory nerve functions normally, but sound is prevented from reaching the inner ear.
- Sensorineural hearing loss is located in the inner ear. The loss of sound sensitivity is the result of damage to the auditory nerve and/or auditory hair-cells.
- Mixed hearing loss is the result of a combination of both conductive and sensorineural factors.
- Central Hearing Loss, the problem lies in the central nervous system.
Moisture and wax build-up is the culprit for many hearing aid problems — excessive moisture due to high humidity and sweat can cause distortion, static and a host of other problems. To help avoid the time and expense of a manufacturer repair, follow these tips:
- Wipe or brush away any visible wax build-up or debris from the instruments, paying close attention to the small openings where sound goes in or out.
- Leave your hearing device’s battery door open at night to allow air to circulate and dry it out.
- Purchase a hearing aid dehumidifier, a Dri-Aid Kit, or a Dry and Store Box — they are inexpensive, simple to use, and provide a handy storage spot.
- If you perspire heavily, take a moment to remove your hearing aids and wipe off excess moisture with a tissue.
- If you wear behind-the-ear hearing aids, consider a moisture guard.
- Avoid leaving your hearing aids in direct sunlight, glove compartments or environments where excessive heat can build up.
- If your hearing aid isn’t working and you suspect a moisture problem, do not attempt to dry it in the microwave or with a hair dryer; moisture will often evaporate on its own if the device is left open to dry (please see above).
- Avoid using sharp objects to poke the small delicate openings—this often results in unnecessary damage and costly repairs
- If the tubing or other components come apart, call for an appointment this usually needs to be replace by a profession and is often a very low/no cost service
- Should the battery become stuck in the instrument, do not attempt to remove with sharp objects—this often results in unnecessary damage and costly repairs. In many cases a professional can take care of this quickly and prevent further damage.
- Keep replacement batteries on hand.
- Keep hearing aids and batteries out of reach of pets and children.