Don't we lose our hearing as we age?
It’s true that most people’s hearing test gets worse as they get older. But for the average person, aging does not cause impaired hearing before at least the age of 60. People who are not exposed to noise and are otherwise healthy, keep their hearing for many years. People who are exposed to noise and do not protect their hearing can begin to lose their hearing at an early age.
What is the economic impact of hearing loss?
• Hearing loss is associated with low employment rates, lost productivity and high health care costs
• Projected $123 billion savings if 20% of
† Stucky, et al. (2010) Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
‡ Neitzel, et al. (2017) Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
How many people in the US have hearing loss?
15.8% or 40 million adults in US report at least a little trouble hearing.
How common is hearing loss?
Hearing loss is the third most commonly reported medical condition. It is about as much as the prevalence reported for both diabetes (8.5%) and cancer (7.9%) combined.
Who reports more hearing loss, men or women?
One out of five males (19.4%) report hearing loss
One out of eight females (12.7%) report hearing loss
Hearing Aid Service
We recommend returning every 6 months for service to keep your hearing aids in peak working condition.
A careful history and audiological testing will help us to determine the best course of treatment for your tinnitus.
Same Day Repairs
We offer same day repairs when repairs can be done in house. Some hearing aids must be sent to the vendor for repair.
We provide different types of amplification devices based on each patient’s needs.
Unfortunately, one size fits all earmolds don’t always fit. A custom fit provides increased comfort and improved protection. Custom earmolds can also be designed to accommodate specially designed filters created for specific listening situations. We offer custom fit earmolds for swimmers, hunters, healthcare professionals and of course
More About Custom Earmolds
The shape of your outer ear and ear canal are unique to you.
Earmolds are typically used for one of two reason:
- To keep things out (noise and water are the two big issues).
- To keep things in (amplified sound from a hearing aid).
To obtain the maximum benefit from a hearing aid you need the best fit possible and sometimes the one-size-fits-most is not the best option. That is exactly why we offer custom-made earmolds for hearing aids as well as for earbuds (for headphones).
Custom earplugs are a great way to ensure your ears are protected from sound or water:
- Swim Molds (for swimming or showering)
- Noise Protection (for hunting, industrial, etc.)
- Musician’s Plugs – We carry different size filters that have been designed specifically for the needs of musician’s
Assistive Listening Devices
We offer Assistive listening devices (ALDs) in addition to hearing aids and customized hearing protection products to provide you with complete hearing solutions. Assistive listening
More About ALDs
What is an ALD?
Assistive Listening Devices are used as amplifiers to separate important sounds from the background noise around the wearer. There are three different types:
- Infrared systems: These transmit sounds using light waves. Because the receiver must be in the transmitter’s line of sight to function properly, the users travel range is limited. Infrared systems are frequently found at movie theaters, conferences, and live performances.
- Inductive systems or Loop system: These transmit sounds using an electromagnetic field. The speaker uses a special amplifier and microphone that send signals through a loop of wire installed in the listening area. Devices receive the signals and relay them as sound.
- FM systems: These transmit sounds by radio wave. The speaker wears a compact microphone and transmitter, and the listener has a portable receiver with headphones. FM systems can experience interference, but offer greater mobility.
Different types of Assistive Listening Devices
- Alert devices: These include alarm clocks, doorbells, phone alerting systems and smoke alarms. They’re designed to provide an alternative notification, such as a light flash or vibration.
- FM systems and sound amplifiers: A wireless FM system helps you hear what people are saying by cutting out distracting background noise.
- Hearing aid accessories: Wireless, easy-to-adjust settings and pocket-sized remote controls are just some of the features of our helpful hearing aid accessories.
- Phones: Staying connected with friends and family is important. Our range of cordless phones and mobile phones with easy-to-read displays will help to ensure you don’t miss any important calls.
- TV and music devices: Wireless headphones, neck loops and ear hooks provide additional hearing assistance. You can watch TV or listen to music at a volume that suits you without distressing your guests.
Who can use an Assistive Listening Device (ALD)?
ALDs aren’t just for the hard of hearing; they can be used by anyone looking for a volume boost. In America, 19 million adults have some residual hearing that enables them to benefit from the use of assistive listening systems.
Where can I find an ALD?
Located in Warren, Ohio, the office of Audiology and Hearing Associates carries a wide variety of ALDs to fit your needs. Don’t miss out on life’s special sounds. Schedule an appointment today.
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A Caring Approach
We believe that there is more to quality hearing health care than state-of-the-art medicine. In today’s complex medical environment, we like to keep things simple: we focus on you. We tailor our treatments to provide you with the finest personalized hearing health care we can provide. We’ve never wavered in our dedication to the highest standards of clinical excellence.