Pricing Realities

With so many hearing aid advertisements bombarding you every week, if not every day, it’s hard to figure out what’s legitimate, what’s a bait and switch, and what’s an outright scam. Here are some quick pointers. You’re simply not going to get a high quality hearing aid for under $1500 each. It’s simply not going to happen. It doesn’t matter what the advertisement says, it doesn’t matter what is promised; high quality and cheap are not synonymous. If the hearing aid is not manufactured by Read More +

WHAT’S UP DOC?

You may be surprised to find out that one of the biggest complaints doctors have is that they struggle to have conversation with many of their patients. This is an alarming complaint and begs the question: how many of our patients experience this same problem with their own doctors? With today’s busy schedules in doctors’ offices, many practitioners are in and out of the room before you know it. Often the brief visits include vital discussion or instruction and it’s necessary to be able to Read More +

Hearing Loss and Ototoxic Medications

Did you know that certain types of drugs may harm your hearing? Ototoxicity (“Oh-toe-tox-issity”) ‘is the state or condition of having ear (oto) damage, specifically of the cochlea or auditory nerve(s) and sometimes of the vestibular (ear cavity) system, by a poisonous (toxic) substance.’ Such poisoning can occasionally be caused by ototoxic medications. Ototoxic drugs include certain antibiotics such as the aminoglycoside Gentamicin, “loop” diuretics such as Furosemide, and platinum-based chemotherapeutic agents such as Cisplatin. A number of nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Meloxicam, Read More +

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR HEARING AIDS…

One of the common myths of hearing aid use, particularly among first-time wearers, is that hearing aids will restore “normal” hearing, helping them hear everything exactly as they did before hearing loss was diagnosed. The fact is, no matter how sophisticated the hearing technology, no hearing aid yet designed will help you hear all the sounds you used to hear, exactly the way you used to hear them. We’re here to help you learn the most realistic expectations for your best hearing experience. As a Read More +

How You Can Help Your Family & Friends Hear Better

Everyone knows that successful communication is a two-way street, requiring both a speaker and a listener who are engaged in the conversation. When the listener is hearing impaired, they tend to become disengaged if the conversation is difficult to understand. Eventually the speaker follows suit, leading to miscommunication – or worse, no communication at all. In relationships, this often leaves both parties feeling frustrated, disconnected and lonely. Here are a few tips that you, as the hard-of-hearing communication partner, can offer your circle of family Read More +

TOO MUCH “BOOM” FOR BABY BOOMERS?

What do men and women over the age of 55 have in common? Probably a lot, in terms of a lifetime’s worth of experiences. But one thing many “Boomers” have in common is that they have come to realize that their hearing is not what it used to be. According to a survey conducted by the Prince Market Research Company, nearly 50% of the 75 million Boomers in the United States are experiencing some degree of hearing loss. The survey also indicates they’re losing their Read More +

WHAT IS STOPPING YOU FROM HEARING YOUR BEST?

Let’s talk about this a minute. Most of you are already wearing our hearing systems and taking advantage of our programs for hearing aid check-ups. By doing so, your hearing instruments are kept in the best possible working order. Many of you also make sure to have an annual hearing test, knowing this helps us to discover if there have been any significant changes in your hearing. And, if there have been changes, we can usually reprogram your hearing system to accommodate those differences. All Read More +