Thursday, March 8, 2012

Getting Started with Hearing Aids

Do people speak softly?  Do you mishear words?  Can you hear a whisper? Do others complain that the TV is too loud? The sooner you start the more likely you are to adjust to hearing aids and maintain your ability to understand words. 
See an audiologist for an evaluation of your ears and hearing.  The audiologist will look in your ears with a light to determine if there is a buildup of ear wax.  The examination will also assess the flexibility of the eardrums, muscle reflexes in the ears and the function of the inner ear.  Measures of hearing ability along with lifestyle considerations will help us determine the best hearing aids for each person. 
Hearing aids are comfortable and easy to use.  They come in many styles. Some are custom fit to the ears and others fit over the ear with a soft silicone earpiece in the ear canal. They have various features that assist hearing ability in many different situations including noisy places such as a restaurant.
Our audiologists assist in finding the best hearing aids for each person’s abilities. We listen to the individual needs and lifestyle, taking them into account when recommending specific hearing aids.  We consider:
  • Type of hearing loss
  • Severity of hearing loss
  • Size and shape of the ear and ear canal
  • Lifestyle
  • Patient preference
  • Patient dexterity
  • Financial Investment 
We have access to many manufacturer's brand allowing us to choose among many instruments.  Once we determine the best hearing aids for each person, they are programmed according to the hearing measures and to specific listening environments.
Why wait?  Get started now!  
Life Sounds Great!  Enjoy Every Moment!
Jane Kukula, AuD
Paula Webster, MA
Advanced Audiology Concepts
8897 Mentor, Ohio 44060

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