Family Hearing Center
Losing your hearing (be it in only one ear) can significantly affect the quality of life. The way you communicate is immediately hampered. Your relationships will not stay the same because you cannot convey and perceive messages the same any more. Activities which you used to engage in end up becoming cumbersome and life can go downhill for you. We absolutely understand the need for each of our patients to lead as normal a life as possible and without having to make major changes in their daily routine.
Our end goal is to provide you with top notch hearing care. Our trained professionals are well equipped to handle all types of cases and our screening procedures are thorough and comprehensive. Our main focus, however, is giving you an online platform for auditory self-tests. If you would like more than an auditory test, here are some services you can get from your local, accredited family hearing centre.
Hearing Care â€“ What Does It Entail?
Hearing care is a broad and complex area of service provision in the health industry. Your local hearing center should be in a position to offer at least the following services.
- Cerumen/ear wax removal
- Diagnostic procedures
- Dispensing and preliminary fitting of hearing aids
- Making customized ear molds and plugs
- Selection of hearing aids
- Repairs of hearing aids
- Referrals when necessary
With such a wide range of service, hearing centers strive to ensure that all patients, young or old, find the help they need to be able to live a normal life. Whenever a problem that requires more complex testing and treatment is detected, we do not hesitate to refer you to the right specialists. ENTs (ear nose and throat specialists) and audiologists deal with the more intricate conditions.
Hearing Amplifiers Vs Hearing Aids
The one question I get asked a lot is what I would recommend as a hearing aid. I have come to the conclusion that most patients do not know why everyoneâ€™s case has to be tested uniquely for them to get the best out of our services.
Hearing aids have three sections:
- The amplifier
- The speaker
- The microphone
Now here is the shocker for many; your hearing aid is not a hearing amplifier. These two are very different devices. Using one in place of another can be a dangerous experiment for your ear.
Amplifiers boost the sounds in the environment; all sounds around you. This means that there is no deliberate attempt by the device to sift the sounds before transmitting to your ears. Now we have come to the conclusion, through research, that most people who would benefit from the use of hearing aids end up purchasing hearing amplifiers in order to cut costs.
Hearing aids are very expensive so why not buy a simpler version that makes everything louder? There cannot be a more misguided logic than this one. Hearing aids are customized to a patientâ€™s particular situation and their function is to mitigate loss of hearing. Therefore, they select what sounds and frequencies to amplify and which ones to fade out.
Hearing amplifiers are primarily intended to be used by people with normal hearing to improve certain experiences such as when bird watching or when at a theater. Hearing aids help people with hearing loss to mitigate their condition. While a hearing aid still has an amplifier, it works together with other parts of the aid to strictly control what sounds are perceived and at what decibels. A hearing amplifier cannot do this and this is why it can be dangerous.
Open Fit Hearing Aids Are Making a Comeback
If you visit our website often, you will find that we have information regarding all new hearing aid products in the market. Open fit hearing aids have been the rave for a while now but they certainly are not new.
The best way I can explain open fit hearing aids is that they do not enter the ear canal. This style of hearing aid has been in the market before but was not well liked due to negative feedback. This problem has now been resolved. Some of the advantages you are looking at with this type of hearing aid are:
- Since it has been in the market for a while, it has been tested and refined
- It does not require any customized fittings which can be costly
- You get a near natural listening experience
Hearing Aid Types and Costs
I often teach clients to look at hearing aids as belonging to three main clusters:
- Traditional behind the ear aids (BTEs)
- Mini- behind the ear aids (mBTEs)
- Completely in the ear canal aids (CICs)
As you go through scores of websites, you will find the same clusters just worded differently. Of course there will be sub-clusters and huge umbrella classifications like the analog and digital options.
Cost is a major concern and actually an impediment when it comes to accessing hearing aids. Getting a hearing aid can quickly become a secondary option in a household. Here are a few tips to make it better.
- Always find out for sure whether or not your insurance service provider covers aids. Some actually do
- Always get it in writing that once you purchase your hearing aid, you can return it to the seller if it does not function properly. Verify again and again the details of your warranty
- Let your hearing aid serve the basic functions. Some come with Bluetooth capability but this is a luxury you can skip to save a few hundred dollars.
- Ask for discounts and explore your options with your provider before making any purchase
- Check out organizations online that offer assistance to people with hearing loss. You may be surprised at what you find
Getting the right hearing aids is a process that starts with getting the right tests from qualified professionals. It is imperative to get tested so as to get the devices that are suited for you.