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By higginshear24209522, Aug 21 2018 03:53PM

When one decides it is time for hearing help, their search begins. Where do I go? Who can I trust to test and fit me with the most appropriate hearing aids, and what happens if I have trouble?

These are questions you should ask yourself. Service after the sale is of utmost importance. If one is a first-time user of amplification, it is even more important to find someone you can work with, after the fitting, to help you adjust to hearing again. A good portion of our job is to help and counsel you along the way. It is not necessarily natural to put a hearing aid in your ear, or to wear one all day, until you adapt. This can take a month, and for some maybe a little longer.

There is also the issue of maintaining the hearing aids. It is wonderful if you have a place you can walk into, at most any time during business hours and get real service. The kind where you walk out happy, and hearing.

Our office offers all of the above, and then some. We have a warm, comfortable space where you can wait for your hearing aids to be serviced, where you will find interesting reads, and chocolate! Lots of chocolate. You will be greeted warmly by Amy, our office manager, who is also a great technician. She can do most anything from professionally cleaning your aids, replacing receivers, tubing and filters, to blue tooth connection to your Iphone. She can also help with any insurance questions.

We are full service, reasonably priced, and very happy to see you whenever it is needed after the sale. What more could you want?

By higginshear24209522, Jun 1 2018 01:28PM

Lovers of music who also wear hearing aids may be missing the boat if they do not get a music program added to the program selection of their hearing aids.

Have you, as a user of hearing aids, listened to your favorite music only to have it sound, shall we say, less than stellar? Maybe even downright bad? This is because the circuit in your hearing aids for everyday listening is geared for speech, not music. The circuit is what makes the hearing aid run and process sound. Music, with drums, horns, pianos, and all the other instruments that go into making a delightful sound, is simply noise to your everyday circuit, which the hearing aid is supposed to suppress, thus making the final sound not what you might expect.

Most hearing aids have a program button, which can be used to access a program specifically designed for music. This program shuts off the noise cancellers and filters giving you the sound, unaltered, and true to what it is. It will also likely make things a bit louder, since your hearing is no longer being filtered by the circuit. This is a great program to use whenever you want to hear anything unfiltered, not just music.

If you would like a music program on your hearing aids, call your hearing dispenser or dispensing audiologist and make an appointment to have this program programmed into your hearing aids. Most of today’s circuits have this option. Happy listening!!

By higginshear24209522, Apr 27 2018 02:17PM

Part of getting hearing aids is choosing a style. How a hearing aid couples to the ear is a big deal. It changes the sound, the feel, and even how one feels about wearing the hearing aid.

For most patients we like the receiver in the ear style, for a few reasons. I will list them in no particular order:

A. Most of the time we can vent your ear canal much better with this style. When you get proper venting, everything “feels normal” as well as sounds better. No “barrel” effect, or the feeling of being occluded.

B. They are more aesthetically pleasing. Because the hearing aid is tucked behind the ear (they are much smaller now than ever before), with only a very thin wire going into the ear canal with an ear bud on the end (or sleeve mold if indicated), it’s not easy to notice when one is wearing them.

C. Receivers are changeable in our office if one does quit working. At times the wire can get a short, or simply wears out. No more sending the aid to the manufacturer for repair.

D. Because the receiver is located close to the ear drum, the sound is much cleaner and crisper sounding than in the ear or traditional behind the ear hearing aids.

Receiver in the canal hearing aids would not be an ideal fit for a patient who uses oxygen. Already having the tubes from the oxygen over the ears, and possibly glasses, we would not want to add a third device to that mix. Also, if a patient has problems with dexterity and cannot manipulate the hearing aid, we would want to consider all in the ear hearing aids. After all, if hearing aids are not functional, what is the point?

So, there you have it. Canal aids versus receiver in the canal aids depends on many factors from the aspect of hearing AND functionality. Talk it over with your professional when it’s time for new hearing aids. Make sure that person knows if you wear any other medical device, or have trouble manipulating small objects. They can work with you to give you a solution that satisfies your hearing as well as making them work in your daily life.

By higginshear24209522, Mar 30 2018 01:21PM

Have you said those words before? Do you walk around your house without your hearing aids in, because you can turn up the volume on things you want to hear, when you want to hear them?

These are words I have heard many times over the years. In one aspect, I completely understand where this is coming from. Because there is no one to listen to, you don’t really feel the need put them in while at home alone. You only put them in when you are leaving the house, or maybe only when going to an event. We are finding out however, that it’s not just words that are important information for the brain. It’s the sounds of your house and your environment that are important as well. Keeping you in tune with what is going on around you keeps your brain active and engaged. The more information your brain receives, the better it performs, because it is a muscle, and must be exercised. Also, if you only wear your hearing aids on select occasions, you will never acclimate to what it is like to hear your surroundings.

If you are having a quiet afternoon, maybe on a rainy day, put those hearing aids in your ears so you can HEAR the rain hitting the windows, and the sound of thunder. Listen for the singing of the birds. Engage your brain to the living, breathing world around you. After a couple weeks, you will be acclimated again, and these sounds will not seem strange or bothersome, but a wonderful reminder of the beautiful world we live in.

By higginshear24209522, Mar 16 2018 01:12PM

I have recently come across an article regarding innovations on hearing aids, so of course, I checked it out. Starkey has announced hearing aids “of the future” at their expo…..and it’s quite startling.

We all know how much better we can hear and understand with hearing aids, but did you know that soon, they will help you plan your day? With the use of onboard internal sensors, your hearing aids will track activity. They will give you driving directions and remind you of an appointment you have that day. They will let you know if the route you are taking has a backup or delay, and will suggest a better route to take, then give you driving directions to your destination. They will track things like blood pressure and blood sugar, and let you know if and when your health needs attention. They will turn on your coffee maker when you arise for the day. They will do all this and more, very soon.

I have not decided just yet how to feel about this type of technology. In many ways, we will not have to think for ourselves, because the hearing aids will do it for us, and we will not have to do the menial things we do every day, like make coffee. There is also the issue of distractions while doing things like driving. Is it a great idea to have a device suddenly speak up, in your ear, that you have an email, or that you have only walked 1500 steps that day?

The brain is a muscle, and if it’s not used, it becomes weak, this has been proven. Some will say these hearing aids will free up the mind for more important thoughts and decisions, but if the basic, everyday thoughts and functions of the mind disappear, will that impair the mind for those higher-level thoughts over time?

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