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January 13, 2007
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Hearing Aids


Hearing AidsNearly 30 million Americans have impaired hearing — thatís one in ten of the general population and one in three persons over the age of 60. Medical devices such as hearing aids can substantially reduce hearing loss in the vast majority of patients.

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Hearing aid evaluations

If hearing loss is present, first see an otolaryngologist. The problem may be resolved with proper medication or surgery. If the hearing loss cannot be corrected through these measures, all three clinic locations have an audiologist onsite to assess hearing loss and determine if a hearing aid will resolve the problem.

Real-ear hearing aid testing

Real-ear hearing aid testing uses a tube which is placed in the ear, and then it emits a sound with and without the hearing aid in place. The audiologist adjusts the hearing aid to best hear the sound that the tube emits.

Most major hearing aid brands

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Phonak, Siemens, GN Resound, Unitron, Oticon, Starkey, and Widex. These brands have several styles of hearing aids, such as smaller in the ear hearing aids or larger behind the ear hearing aids, analog or digitally programmable hearing aids are also available. Ask your audiologist for more details.

Digitally programmable hearing aids

This new technology of digitally programmable hearing aids analyze incoming sound, change it into digital sound, then finally into analog sound. Users of digitally programmable hearing aids say they hear less distortion from normal analog-style hearing aids and users talk of a more comfortable fit in the ear. Discuss these facts further with your audiologist.

Hearing aid repair (all models)

Hearing aid parts can wear from high temperature, moisture, and earwax. Our audiologists can make adjustments or repairs to all makes and models of hearing aids.

Hearing aid batteries

There are several brands of hearing aid batteries. Rayovac and Duracell batteries have proven to last long with low interference. Speak with your audiologist to determine the best battery for you.

Assistive hearing devices

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Assistive hearing devices are any kind of hearing device that can be used with or without a hearing aid to help amplify the sound from one source. There are several kinds of assistive hearing devices. The personal frequency modulation system uses a frequency given by the FCC to transmit a signal from a microphone held by the speaker to a headset worn by the listener. The headset can be set to a hearable volume. On the other hand, an infrared system can be plugged into any wall socket. The receiver then transmits the sound from the speaker of a TV, theater, and/or entertainment system into infrared light which is then transmitted to the listenerís headset. The listener has the power to turn the volume up or down without disturbing the rest of the audience. There are many other kinds of assistive hearing devices. Speak with an audiologist for other options.

Money-back 30-day hearing aid trials

There is a 30-day money-back trial period with the hearing aids. If the hearing aids donít seem to offer any benefit to hearing abilities, the hearing aids can be returned for a full refund.

Annual hearing aid service plans

In accordance with your insurance coverage, Vancouver ENT can help create an annual hearing aid service plan that best fits your needs.

Payment plans

Speak with us for more information.

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