Is It Time for Hearing Aids?

Hearing loss can have a big impact on your life, from your work to your relationships and emotional well-being. If you have a problem hearing the sooner you address the problem, the better.  Your ease of adapting to hearing aids decreases over time, because you are no longer accustomed to normal sounds. Your brain simply forgets how to hear normally. The answer to “When is it time for hearing aids?,  is as soon as you are diagnosed with hearing loss. 

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Do others complain the TV is too loud?
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Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy room?
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Do you have more trouble hearing women than men?
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Do you ask others to repeat themselves?
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Do you avoid going out because you’ll struggle to hear?
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Do you notice any ringing or buzzing sounds in either ear?

Hearing Aid FAQ

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At Advanced Audiology Concepts we want you to hear without compromise. Everyone deserves the best hearing you can have. If you have looked into hearing instruments and found premium devices out of your reach you could be a candidate for our unique premium hearing instrument pricing. Call 440-205-8848 to schedule a risk free *hearing instrument consultation to discuss your options. Our unique pricing for premium hearing solutions allows you to enjoy every moment because Life Sounds Great!

 

Advanced Audiology Concepts

Audeo Marvel 90 Rechargeable starting as low as $1690 per device with the purchase of a service package.

*charges for audiologic assessment may apply

 

Will a hearing aid help me?

If you have an aidable hearing loss, meaning you have some hearing left to work with then the answer is yes.  How much it will help will depend on a whole host of factors including:

  • How long you waited to do something about your problem.
  • How you lost your hearing.
  • Your overall health.
Do I need two hearing aids?

If you have a problem hearing in both ears (and that’s the rule not the exception) then 99% of the time you’ll need two hearing aids.

Could my hearing just be normal for my age?

Your hearing is either in the range of “normal” or it isn’t.  Although a significant number of people will lose their hearing as a result of aging. Your age has nothing to do with whether or not your hearing is “normal”.

Should I wait to get hearing aids?

The longer you wait to get help, the longer it will take your brain once you do decide to address the problem to re-learn how to process sounds.  It will also take time for your brain to re-learn how to separate the speech from the noise.  More importantly, while you’re waiting to fix your hearing problem you’re missing out on life.

Brands We Carry

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Phonak Hearing Aids

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Oticon Hearing Aids

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Widex Hearing Aids

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Lyric Hearing Aids

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Unitron Hearing Aids

What’s New in Hearing Aids

Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Hearing aid technology like most technology goes through stages of evolution.  The most recent technological advance has been to the category of rechargeable hearing aids. 

Although rechargeable hearing aids have been around for quite some time, they were unable to hold a charge for an extended period of time, often just a few hours. Technologically has advanced to the point where a rechargeable hearing aid can now hold a charge for days.

 

Reasons to Consider Rechargeable Hearing Aids

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Ease of Use

Rechargeable hearing aids are particularly useful if you have decreased dexterity or health issues that make handling small objects difficult.  Place the hearing aid in the charger at night and in the morning it will be fully charged

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Environmentally Friendly

Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment. You may only need to replace the batteries once over a 3 – 4 year time span.

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Cost Effective

The cost to replace your rechargeable batteries is less than the cost to replace regular hearing aid batteries over the same period of time

Tips on Choosing a Hearing Aid

What are your hearing needs?

First, you’ll need to have an audiologist assess your hearing loss. Severity is measured in degrees, based upon your hearing loss range in decibels. It ranges from normal (-10 to 15 dB) to profound (91+ dB), with a total of seven different degrees.

Equally important is the frequency of your hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss resulting from damage to the outer or middle ear affects low frequency sounds, while sensorineural hearing loss, in which damage occurs to the inner ear, results in a loss of high frequency sounds.

You’ll need to choose a hearing aid that targets the frequencies you have trouble comprehending.

What are your lifestyle needs?

Functionality is an important consideration. With so many available features, you’ll need to decide which ones matter most to you. Popular features include:

  • Directional microphones.
  • Feedback suppression.
  • Amplifiers.
  • Digital noise reduction.
  • Wax guards.
  • Automatic volume control.
  • Bluetooth® connectivity.

Extra features cost money, so speak with your audiologist to get an idea about the pros and cons of these features.

You’ll also have to take into account your lifestyle needs. Whether you enjoy quiet, intimate gatherings with a few close friends or an active outdoors lifestyle that includes a lot of background noise, there is a hearing aid designed specifically for your activity level.

 

What is your cosmetic preference?

Cosmetic preference is a key factor in choosing a hearing aid. Since you’ll be wearing it every day, it’s got to not only feel good but appeal to your confidence.

Hearing aids are available in a variety of sizes and styles, some visible while others are implanted deep within the ear canal, rendering them virtually undetectable. Many are custom-molded to fit each individual’s ears.

What is your budget?

Finally, there is a cost. Price will be a factor, but be sure to consider your specific hearing needs when making this decision.

Investing in a low-cost hearing aid that is ineffective is a waste of money; conversely, you don’t want to overspend on features that won’t benefit you. Your audiologist can offer suggestions that will point you in the right direction.

Daily Wear Devices

Extended Wear Hearing Aids

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Lyric Hearing Aids

Lyric is the only extended wear hearing device on the market.  It is worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  For up to 4 months.  It is an invisible, showerproof solution for those seeking hassle-free hearing.  We offer a risk-free 30 day trial with the devices.  Click here to learn about Lyric
Advanced Audiology Concepts is a Certified Lyric Provider

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Daily Wear

There are two types of Daily Wear hearing aids, those that are custom molded to your ears and standard behind the ear hearing instruments.  Both can be great choices depending on your hearing ability.  They have a 45 day right to return.

Hearing Aid Batteries

Many hearing aids use disposable zinc-air batteries that are color- and number-coded for easy replacement. The type of battery needed depends on the style and size of your hearing aids and includes: 5 (red), 10 (yellow), 13 (orange), 312 (brown) and 675 (blue).

Most drugstores carry replacement batteries; they can also be purchased from your audiologist at Otolaryngology Consultants or ordered online.

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Cleaning & Service

Regular maintenance can help keep your hearing aids in great working condition.

Repairs

Every so often your hearing aid may need to be repaired.  When possible, we offer same day repairs.

Follow Up & Care

Our exceptional, friendly staff is one of our greatest assets, and we are proud of their long time association with our office. Patients tell us often how well we work together as a team.

We pride ourselves on staying on the cutting edge of hearing healthcare and great patient communication. Each of our staff members is motivated to achieve the best results for our patients in a calming and comfortable setting.

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8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, OH 44050

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