Thursday, July 24, 2014

What can I expect when having an audiologic assessment (hearing evaluation)



Seeing an audiologist is a great start on the road to better hearing.  You will likely find the first visit to be interesting and informative.  You will learn about your hearing ability, understand your hearing goals and be able to make informed decisions.




Audiologists are uniquely trained and qualified to evaluate your hearing and the functional aspects of your ears.  We will spend time getting to know you, your hearing experiences and what is important to you.  We will evaluate your ears and hearing, establish your hearing goals and a plan to achieve those goals. 

To make the most of this visit, come prepared.  Think about the situations when your hearing is the most challenging.  Think about how hearing impacts family, social, home and work life.  Make a list of them so that we will be sure to address all of them.  This information will guide your discussions and be included in your recommendations.

Your plan may recommend the use of hearing protection, the use of communication strategies, a referral to a physician or the use of hearing instruments.  If your plan includes the use of amplification, the various options and features will be discussed and demonstrated. 
Schedule an appointment to get started.  Why wait?

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!


8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

New hearing technology



 
Hearing instrument technology is constantly changing, getting better and better.  Here are few things the Better Hearing Institute has to say about today’s instruments.



They are virtually invisible. Modern in-the-ear instruments fit discreetly and comfortably inside your ear canal, providing both natural sound quality, and discreet and easy use.  The behind-the-ear instruments are also comfortable, discreet and well camouflaged. 
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They automatically adjust to all kinds of sounds and listening
environments. They improve hearing in staff-meetings, restaurants,
conversations, music and so much more. 

There is something for just about everyone. Today’s hearing device options are amazingly varied. There are styles and colors for the fashion conscious, the trendsetter, the party goer, the intellectual, the active sports enthusiast, the adventurous senior, the romantic, the weekend warrior, and even the guy just tired of turning up the volume on the TV.

Water, sweat, and dust can be no problem while wearing them. Water resistant, digital hearing aids have arrived. This new feature is built into some newly designed hearing aids for those concerned about water, humidity, and dust. This feature suits people who work in demanding environments, as well as those with active lifestyles—like swimmers, skiers, and sports enthusiasts.

They love smartphones, computers, and other prized electronics. Wireless, digital hearing aids are now the norm. That means seamless connectivity—from smartphones, MP3 players, computers, FM systems, and televisions—directly into your hearing aids, at volumes just right for you.

It’s time for your dad to give hearing instruments another try.  Hearing devices can be set up to work easily and automatically. While there are remote controls, streamers, remote microphones for the “techie”, hearing instruments can be also set up to work easily and automatically. Call and make an appointment for an audiologic assessment.

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!


8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818



Thursday, July 10, 2014

What type of noise is considered loud enough to require ear protection?



free fireworks image 11 Over 100 FREE Fireworks PicturesThis is a great question to consider as summer begins and we are spending more time enjoying the great outdoors.  Recreational activities such as video arcades, fireworks, discos, music concerts, shooting guns, sporting events, motorcycles and even movie theaters, can be excessively loud.  Actually, even using appliances around your home (vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, dish washer, leaf blowers, lawn mowers and power equipment), particularly if they are running at the same time, can be dangerous to your hearing.  


It is important to wear hearing protection when participating in these recreational or occupational activities.  If you work in an at-risk occupation, check with your employer to make sure your hearing is protected in accordance with OSHA regulations.  Limit the amount of time you are exposed to loud noise.

Custom hearing protection is available.  Ask your audiologist about more information regarding the appropriate ear plugs for your particular interests and activities.  We live in a very noisy world.  Through education and positive action, the incidence of noise induced hearing loss can be greatly reduced.




Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!


8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Why can I hear conversation but not understand it?



Illustration of this articleHearing, but not understanding is often a symptom of mild to moderate hearing loss.  Many people go through life simply “living with” hearing loss, never recognizing there are many solutions available.  The first step is a complete audiological (hearing) assessment.  This testing is performed by an audiologist and will identify the degree and nature of your understanding problems.  A complete evaluation includes inspection of the ear canals, testing of the middle and inner ear functioning, pure tone testing and an assessment of speech recognition abilities.  Cost of this testing is generally covered by Medicare and health insurance plans.


These results will be discussed fully with you and your family members.  Treatment may be as simple as removing wax from the ear canals.  If hearing aids, listening therapy, and/or use of assistive listening devices are recommended, the audiologist will guide you in the selection process.


Hearing aids are now quite small and practically invisible.  They provide many improved features for addressing the problem of hearing but not understanding.  Directional microphones, frequency specific amplification and automatic programs help to improve understanding in quiet and noisy environments.  Also, many models can be paired with wireless devices to improve understanding on the telephone, while watching television and while participating in very challenging listening situations.  


Assistive listening devices can make the activities of daily living more accessible.  Amplified telephones, vibrating alarm clocks, alerting doorbells and wireless TV amplifiers provide additional awareness of sound.  Listening therapies improve the ability to understand conversational speech in noisy environments.


Untreated hearing loss can impact your life in many ways.  Withdrawal, isolation and depression are often seen in those who have hearing loss. Schedule an appointment for an Audiological Evaluation.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Why do some places offer free hearing tests and others do not?



There really are no “free” hearing tests.  At some point the cost of providing the assessment needs to be recouped.  Typically, those who offer “free” hearing tests bundle the cost into the price of the hearing instruments.  This makes it difficult for you to see that you are paying for the test.


The confusion arises because there are two types of providers for hearing and hearing instruments, audiologists and hearing aid dealers.  The level of care and service varies between the two providers because of the differences in what their license allows them to do.

An audiologist provides audiologic assessment, (hearing evaluation).  This is much more than a hearing test.  It includes an evaluation of the outer, middle and inner ears and various measures of hearing.  Audiologic assessment gives in-depth information about your ears and hearing ability.  This in-depth information is the most important part of your evaluation.  All of our recommendations are based on the outcome of this evaluation.  It is so important that Medicare and other insurances companies typically allow for an annual hearing evaluation for those with hearing difficultly.   By billing insurance for the assessment, it can keep the price of hearing instruments down.
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Hearing aid dealers or hearing aid specialists are trained to perform a simple hearing test but cannot assess the outer, middle and inner ears.   They are not recognized by insurance companies as providers for hearing testing or audiologic assessment and cannot bill your insurance, thus the need to offer a “free” hearing test. The "free" hearing test is then used as an enticement to draw people to the practice.


Give yourself good care.  Schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists for an audiologic assessment (hearing evaluation) to have your ears and hearing assessed.  From there, we can determine if you need to see a physician or if hearing aids are appropriate.  


Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!


8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
440-205-8848
Fax: 440-205-9818



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