Understanding the Early Side of Dementia

Sometimes we all find ourselves wondering if we’re dealing with just a little bit of dementia. Whether it’s because we’ve forgotten a word in the middle of a sentence or what to call an everyday object, it’s enough to make you wonder why you’re this way. The good news is these aren’t symptoms of a serious disease, just a normal part of aging. Why Aging Changes Your Brain As you age you should expect your brain to change. It’ll take you longer to learn new Read More +

The Effects of Depression

Depression is defined as “feelings of severe despondency and dejection” that can last for a prolonged period. While it’s sometimes difficult to diagnose, you should know that it isn’t uncommon in seniors. In fact, it’s a serious issue that we shouldn’t take lightly. Understanding the Common Symptoms of Depression Some people mistake the symptoms as a fleeting emotion that will soon pass. However, if you notice any of these symptoms lasting for a prolonged period, you should get your loved one help immediately: Difficulty concentrating Read More +

How Hearing Loss Impacts Your Life

Unfortunately, there are many people in the world today who are suffering from a hearing loss but haven’t chosen to seek any type of help for it yet. Part of their reluctancy here lies in the fact that they don’t want to acknowledge the problem since they think they’ll feel embarrassed by it. Of course, there are also some people who feel that this is a weakness and that they’ll appear stronger by simply trying to live their life without using hearing aids. This has Read More +

The Secret

The true “secret” in regards to successful hearing aid fittings is actually the person doing the “hands on” fitting and programming of the hearing aids. If we’re talking about a decent top tier or 2nd tier hearing aid, it can generally be made to sound very well, provided the hearing aid professional has a clue about programming it. According to factory reps who have visited us during the past year, they report that over 2/3 of the hearing aid professionals they come in contact with Read More +

The Best Hearing Aid!

Quite the headline, isn’t it? Seems that everyone is advertising miracle breakthroughs, all new technology and amazing “never seen before” hearing aid products. The simple truth is a bit disappointing. While there are indeed advances in hearing aid technology on a fairly regular basis, the idea that there is a “miracle breakthrough” is pretty disingenuous. To be clear, that is just not the case. There are 6 major manufacturers in the world today in regards to hearing aids. Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Signia, Starkey and Widex. Read More +

The Case for Rechargeable Batteries

Recently we have started carrying the ZPower Rechargeable battery system for our ReSound, Widex and Oticon lines of hearing aids. The reason for this is basically one of convenience for our patients. All of our patients receive a free lifetime supply of batteries with every new hearing system, but sometimes “free batteries” aren’t the answer due to a patient’s physical limitations (neuropathy, arthritis, etc…). Let me make a note here that most of today’s hearing aid batteries, available from us, your local drug store or Read More +

It’s All About Hard Work!

Countryside Hearing is continuing to grow and we have been blessed with what is one of the best fitting success rates in the industry at 98% (successful fittings of hearing aids – the national average is 81%). Looking at it another way, our hearing aid return rate of 2% is over 9 times better than the industry average of 19% return of hearing aids (from unsatisfied patients). At the end of the day, it’s about working hard to make our patients happy and keeping them Read More +

Introducing the All-New ReSound LiNX 3D!

With ReSound LiNX 3D—GN ReSound’s 5th-generation 2.4 GHz wireless technology and 3rd-generation binaural directionality— hearing aid users will experience excellent sound quality and will hear more than they ever thought possible. ReSound LiNX 3D delivers clear, natural sound, exceptional speech understanding, and the best sense of where sounds are coming from. Users will experience 360-degree audibility and awareness in quiet and speech-only situations, improved hearing in noise when speech is in the front, and optimized audibility of surrounding sounds. The ReSound LiNX 3D is available Read More +

The Countryside Hearing Difference

Countryside Hearing is Family Owned and Operated since 1979. Be very careful about dealing with anyone who hasn’t been around for a while. Companies often come and go in this industry so please don’t get stuck by doing business with someone who is “here today and gone tomorrow”. In the past year, there have been at least four hearing aid offices simply close up shop within our part of Pinellas County. Countryside Hearing is BBB Accredited and A+ Rated. You should always check with the Read More +

I recommend Mr. Mitchell very highly

After several visits with Thomas Mitchell, I feel strongly compelled to become an advocate for this gifted, insightful man.  I most readily affirm the proficiency, the skill, the expertise he offered me in determining the management of my hearing needs. His persona creates a very comfortable setting and establishes an assurance that you are in very good, capable hands.  I recommend Mr. Mitchell very highly.