Benefits of Hearing Aids
There are 48 million people throughout the country suffering from hearing loss. Of those people, only 20 percent who can benefit from the use of a hearing aid actually wears them. It turns out, living with untreated hearing loss can do more damage than originally thought and those who seek treatment see improvements in all aspects of their lives. Individuals who choose to treat their hearing loss with hearing aids are known to have better overall health, professional success and emotional well-being than those who don’t.
- Professional Success
- Emotional Well-being
HEARING AID BATTERIES
Without batteries, your hearing aids would be unable to function. To keep your devices running as smoothly as possible without interruption, there are a few things to know about hearing aid batteries. We’ve put together some common questions and answers that should help you get the most from your hearing aid batteries.
What Kinds of Batteries Do Hearing Aids Use?
Most hearing aids use disposable zinc-air batteries that are color- and number-coded for easy replacement. The type of battery needed depends on the style and size of your hearing aids and includes: 5 (red), 10 (yellow), 13 (orange), 312 (brown) and 675 (blue).
HEARING AID FITTING
When your audiologist recommends hearing aids, selection is only the beginning of the process. Equally important is the fitting, which involves programming your hearing aids and making adjustments to provide the correct levels of amplification for your particular hearing loss. Counseling is a necessary step to ensure you have realistic expectations, and is crucial for long-term success.
How Are Hearing Aids Fitted?
Your audiologist at Ear, Nose & Throat Associates will check the physical fit to make sure they are comfortable. They will then be programmed and adjusted based on your hearing loss and lifestyle needs. The hearing aids will be placed in your ears and turned on, allowing your audiologist to measure the volume levels to ensure that you are hearing the full range of sounds properly.
IMPLANTABLE HEARING DEVICES
Hearing aids are a boon to millions of Americans with hearing loss. But as well as they perform, they do have their limitations. They won’t work for all types of hearing loss, and some people find them too uncomfortable to wear or complain of the “occlusion effect” they produce in the ear.
Types of Implantable Hearing Devices
- Cochlear Implants
- Bone Anchored Hearing Devices
- Auditory Brainstem Implants
HEARING AID ACCESSORIES
Hearing aids aren’t just available in a wide range of sizes and styles; they can also accommodate a variety of accessories. Deciding which, if any, will benefit you can be tricky. You may want to speak with your audiologist to learn more about any particular product.
Hearing Aid Accessory Options
- Wireless accessories
- Transmitters and receivers
- Power adaptors and cords
- Earwax filters
- Cleaning kits
- Charging stations
HEARING AID REPAIR & SERVICE
Hearing aids are built to provide many years of useful service. However, regular exposure to a harsh environment means they will occasionally encounter problems. No matter how fastidious you are when it comes to hygiene, the ear canals inevitably attract dirt, moisture and earwax buildup – all of which can wreak havoc with the electronic components in your hearing aids.
Regular maintenance can help keep hearing aids in great working condition, but once in a while, they may need servicing or repair. Ear, Nose & Throat Associates can help. If you have tried the troubleshooting tips and still can’t get your hearing aids to work properly, please contact us to schedule an evaluation.
HEARING AID FINANCING
Today’s amazingly advanced hearing aids may be small, but each instrument packs an incredible amount of technology into its tiny casing. More and more insurance companies are offering coverage for hearing loss treatment; however, many patients are still responsible for financing part or all of their hearing aid purchase.
Flexible Financing Plans
Wells Fargo Health Advantage®
- Deferred-interest plans
- Fixed payment plans
- Deferred-interest plans
- Extended payment plans
NEW HEARING AID FEATURES
Hearing aid technology is rapidly advancing. If your hearing aids are more than a few years old, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Today’s products offer a unique and personalized experience to suit your lifestyle.
Benefits of a New Hearing Aid
Many devices have the ability to determine your environment and automatically adapt hearing aid settings for an easier and more comfortable listening experience. For example, in an outdoor setting, wind noise reduction will help eliminate the muffled sound of wind amplified through a microphone.
PEDIATRIC HEARING AIDS
Hearing aids are the most effective and common treatment option for most types of hearing loss, and they are extremely useful for both children and adults alike. Since children’s language and social skills have not fully developed as adults’ have, getting the highest quality of sound possible delivered to your child’s ear is a top priority.
Pediatric Hearing Loss
Getting a child with hearing loss immediate treatment is vital to his or her developmental, learning and behavioral abilities. Treatment options will be based on the type, severity and frequency of your child’s hearing loss. A pediatric hearing aid doctor will offer treatment guidelines after learning about your child’s medical history and doing a complete hearing assessment.
HEARING PATIENT PROGRAMS
ENT offers several programs to assist hearing patients with the purchase, upkeep and maintenance of their hearing aids.
- Trial Program
- Repair Program
- Trade-In Program
Assistance and Guidance
Ultimately, the goal of our treatment program is to significantly reduce the handicapping effect of the hearing impairment by providing you the opportunity to experience the latest in hearing aid technology while receiving appropriate counseling and auditory training from one of our rehabilitative audiologists.