Is It Time for Hearing Aids?
Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.
Here are a few signs that it might be time to at least get your hearing checked. If you have a problem we can discuss possible solutions.
Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
Do you have more trouble hearing women than men?
Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?
Do you notice any ringing or buzzing sounds in either ear?
Brands We Carry
Phonak Hearing Aids
Phonak continuously challenges the limits of technology to help overcome even the most difficult hearing situations. Whatever your degree of hearing loss Phonak has the right hearing aid for you – regardless of your type of hearing loss, your lifestyle, your personal preferences, your age or your budget.
ReSound Hearing Aids
ReSound is among the world’s largest manufacturers of hearing aids. Since the company was founded in 1943, ReSound has been known for great sound quality, design excellence and meaningful solutions that help hearing impaired people rediscover sounds.
Lyric Hearing Aids
Signia Hearing Aids
Starkey Hearing Aids
Oticon Hearing Aids
Getting the Most from Your Hearing Aids
We take the time to understand what you need from your hearing aids. Whether you spend a lot of time outdoors, prefer one-on-one conversations at home, or like to keep up with the latest technology, there’s a hearing aid out there to suit your lifestyle. We fit our patients with the hearing aid that we know will address their hearing loss and their lifestyle needs.
Cleaning & Service
We offer convenient appointment types for cleaning and service procedures.
We carry in stock hearing aid batteries for every hearing aid we dispense.
Every hearing aid we dispense includes a generous warranty. The warranty information will be provided on the day you receive your hearing aids.
Bluetooth technology is a way to send digital information wirelessly over short distances. Bluetooth technology works to allow two hearing aids to wirelessly communicate with each other and also allows user to connect to devices in their home and car, like a DVD player, computer, GPS, and cell phone. There are pros and cons to having this type of technology in a hearing aid.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Many of the devices we use every day can be powered by one or two types of batteries, rechargeable batteries or disposable batteries. Hearing aids are no different. Rechargeable hearing aids are becoming more popular every year. And as their popularity has increased the number of models has increased. But why have hearing aids with rechargeable batteries become an increasingly popular choice for many people?
More about Bluetooth Technology
What Is It?
Bluetooth technology is a wireless communications system intended to replace the cables connecting many different types of devices, from mobile phones and headsets to heart monitors and medical equipment. As a global standard, Bluetooth technology is in billions of products worldwide, including virtually every mobile phone, laptop, tablet, new car, and more than 40 million medical devices. In 2005 the first hearing aids capable of utilizing Bluetooth technology in hearing aids were introduced. Not long after manufacturers added Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids that were able to connect to televisions, MP3 players, cell phones, and computers.
Bluetooth technology is a way to send digital information wirelessly over short distances. Bluetooth technology works to allow two hearing aids to wirelessly communicate with each other and also allows users to connect to devices in their home and car, like a DVD player, computer, GPS, and cell phone. There are pros and cons to having this type of technology in a hearing aid.
Pros of Bluetooth
- Signal Stability – Bluetooth device uses multiple channels to convey the sound and is, therefore, less likely to lose that signal due to interference with one of the channels.
- Higher Sound Quality – Feedback and whistling and other problems associated with some hearing aids is diminished with the use of Bluetooth and the sound quality, in general, is improved as well.
- Binaural Hearing – Bluetooth technology allows hearing aids to speak with each other. This allows the hearing aids to maintain the quality of speech and discern and localize sounds relevant to the listener’s position. A conventional phone can only be held to one ear at a time. Bluetooth technology allows the user to hear their cell phone in both ears.
- Hands-Free – With a switch of a button you can talk hands-free without the need to hold the phone to your ear.
- Simultaneous Connection– Bluetooth technology can accommodate multiple devices so that a person can be directly connected to their computer or cell or MP3 or DVD depending on which device they wish to hear.
- Wireless – Bluetooth eliminates the need for wires and lines of other connectivity devices and has applications for people with unilateral hearing loss who wear BiCROS hearing aids.
Cons of Bluetooth
- Decreased Battery Life– Bluetooth technology when enabled will drain the battery more quickly then will occur with typical use.
- Extra Equipment– Bluetooth hearing aids don’t simply connect with all of the devices in your home and car, it requires that you use a streamer and a transmitter.
- Pairing Devices– Using Bluetooth technology requires a one time set up with each new device you add to your system. This pairing of technology is necessary so that the devices can communicate with each other, but only requires set up on the first use.
Regardless of your lifestyle, employment status, or age, Bluetooth hearing aids can be a huge benefit for most people with a hearing loss.
Advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids
The Advantages of Hearing Aids with Rechargeable Batteries
- A full day’s power every day.
- Ease of use for individuals with decreased dexterity, visual disorders or disorders, decreased fingertip sensitivity. Just place the hearing aid on or in a special docking system (similar to a hearing aid case) and the battery in the hearing aids will charge overnight. It’s a very similar process to charging a smartphone.
- Better for the environment, rechargeable hearing aid batteries require replacement annually. Non-rechargeable hearing aids will require replacement of the battery every week to two weeks
- Less worry about harm to pets and small children. Hearing aid batteries are small and easy for little hands and curious pets to pick up and swallow. Rechargeable batteries can be left in the hearing aid to recharge, which means you are less likely to accidentally leave a battery in an easily accessible location.
There are numerous advantages to rechargeable hearing aids, too many to list in one short article. Please reach out to us today. We work with the top hearing aid manufacturers and will work with you to find the solution that is the best fit for your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget.
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