Today's hearing aid technology is incredibly sophisticated and can be customized to the unique hearing levels of each individual patient. They come in a wide range of styles and colors. All major manufacturers offer features that include noise reduction, speech enhancement, volume control, feedback cancelling, T-coils/loop options, Bluetooth connectivity, and accessories to meet your communication demands.
We routinely dispense hearing aids from the major manufacturers including:
We work closely with each patient to determine what the best style and options are to meet their needs.
In some cases, hearing aids alone do not meet all needs of a patient. The biggest complaints that we hear are listening in noise, on the telephone, or to the television. Depending upon the loss and lifestyle of the patient, additional devices may help to supplement where the hearing aid is not enough. Some features that are available today are Bluetooth hearing aids that connect directly to certain cell phones. The ability to listen to the telephone and television directly through the hearing aids, and remote microphones allow a patient to boost what they want to hear at a distance or in noise.
The other complaint we hear often is that of annoying ringing or buzzing in the ears. This is known as tinnitus. Although there is no cure for tinnitus, some of the devices today have programs to help manage the tinnitus.
In an effort to keep the patient hearing well, we recommend routine maintenance. These appointments ensure consistent performance from the hearing aids. Once a patient has completed a trial period, we schedule quarterly maintenance checks for the first year as the brain adapts to hearing well again and to be certain the patient is managing the use and care of the aids well. Semi-annual checks are then scheduled for as long as the patient owns the hearing aids.
Hearing aids, like any form of technology can break down over time. Fortunately, most issues that arise can be addressed through simple maintenance steps or parts replacement. We like to keep the most common supplies on hand to avoid having to send aids to manufacturers for repair. In some cases, hearing aids will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Once the aids are back we will verify that the settings have been restored and get you hearing again as quickly as possible.
Hearing aids are mini computers focused on sound-scaping, and therefore require a power source. The batteries need to be changed, on average, once a week (unless rechargeable). We will work to ensure that the patient knows when and how to change batteries.
We are also very proud to be able to offer the Secure 4-Year Warranty, only available to EarQ hearing aid providers. Ask us about this during your appointment. Feel confident in your investment!