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What You Need to Know About Implantable Hearing Aids

Posted by Dr. Robert Petruso on Jul 24, 2016 11:30:00 AM
There are a few companies that have developed and released implantable hearing aids into the market. Not everyone who is experiencing hearing loss is a candidate for this type of technology however.
Although they work differently than traditional hearing aids, implantable hearing devices are designed to help increase the transmission of sound vibrations entering the inner ear. These types of devices are typically suited for people who are experiencing very moderate to severe hearing loss. We tend to see a number of patients who need an implantable device for the hearing loss that they are experiencing.
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Topics: Hearing Aid Technology

5 Ways to Help a Loved One With Hearing Loss

Posted by Dr. Robert Petruso on Jul 22, 2016 12:11:13 PM

Virtually everyone has a friend or loved one who is suffering from hearing loss. While some seek treatment and receive hearing aids, we realize not all do and others may not be consistent with wearing their hearing aids. This can lead to communication difficulties in a variety of different situations which can lessen the enjoyment and bonding that should come from those experiences.

Depending on the type of hearing loss that the patient is experiencing, family members and loved ones often get confused about how they can play an integral part in helping a loved one with hearing loss.

That's why we've pulled together our team of knowledgeable audiologists to provide you with the five best ways to help a loved one with hearing loss. 

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Topics: For Family and Loved Ones

Everything you need to know about hearing aid maintenance

Posted by Julie Peters on Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Maintenance on hearing aids nowadays is very easy—there are just a few main components that you have to do mild upkeep on.

The Wax Filter

Most hearing aids have a little wax filter, almost like a sink strainer, to keep wax from your ear from getting into the components of the hearing aids.

These wax filters need to be changed every now and then—the frequency depends on the individual and wax production.

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Topics: Hearing Aid Technology

The Damaging Social Stigma Surrounding Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

Posted by Linka Conkle on Jul 1, 2016 2:44:53 PM

This is a tough topic for us because every day we see so many folks with real hearing issues that turn down seeking treatment because of how they or others perceive this treatment. When you survey the landscape of health issues in our country, there are virtually no other areas that are stuck in this mental loop.

When we have problems with our vision we get glasses or contacts. When we are struggling with weight loss we wear Fitbits and Jawbones to help us monitor our health. When we have other health issues we seek the necessary ongoing care to stay healthy.

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Topics: Hearing Loss Treatment

Why Do hearing aids Cost so much?

Posted by Dr. Robert Petruso on Jul 1, 2016 1:48:00 PM

When talking about hearing aids one topic is unavoidable—the cost. There is such a range in the cost of hearing aids that is driven primarily by the level of technology and to a very small extent the style of the hearing aid as well.

A good hearing aid will typically range anywhere from $3k a pair to $7k a pair. This range can fit most lifestyles and most budgets. Other factors that help determine cost are how patients intend on using the hearing aid and what kind of lifestyle they have, how active they are, what problems they are having, etc.

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Topics: Hearing Aid Financing

The Potential side effects of untreated hearing loss

Posted by Dr. Robert Petruso on Jun 12, 2016 2:43:20 AM

One of the most unfortunate statistics that we are all too familiar with is that many folks can take up to 7 years before they begin to seek treatment for their hearing loss. There is little education in our society in general about hearing loss, let alone untreated hearing loss. 

There’s a lot of potential side effects that can result from delays in hearing treatment including depression, dementia, high blood pressure, fatigue, and anxiety. Most of the time patients don’t tie these things directly back to hearing loss.

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Topics: Hearing Loss Basics

Why 99% of Hearing aid advertisements are crap

Posted by Linka Conkle on Jun 12, 2016 2:38:30 AM

We see and hear them everyday, on TV, online, in newspapers side-by-side, on billboards, on radio—hearing aid advertisements are everywhere and we are here to tell you that they are all crap. 

As a disclaimer, we need to admit that we ourselves have been guilty of this practice, because it is the way things were always done and the way we were taught. But we are on a mission to reverse this trend not only for ourselves, but for the entire hearing aid industry.

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Topics: Hearing Loss Treatment

A Renewed Approach for Our Brand and Our Customers

Posted by American Ear on Jun 12, 2016 2:35:50 AM

For years we have served our patients with great service and great products—and for that we are very proud.

But we have fallen into the status quo when it comes to our marketing and communcation efforts—a problem that, unfortunately, is far too common in our industry. Too many companies are focused on direct mail and newspaper ads and prefer to focus how many years they have been in business, the latest "deal", and the newest technology.

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Topics: Hearing Loss Treatment

How Modern Hearing Aids Adjust to Your Environment

Posted by Julie Peters on Jun 12, 2016 2:27:55 AM

In such a technologically-advanced society, nearly every tool, gadget, or object in general solely exists to makes our lives easier. One product that is responsible for improving the quality of life for people around the globe is hearing aids. But have you every wondered exactly how modern hearing aids work? 

Although different types of hearing aids serve different purposes, a majority of modern hearing aids on the market function in a similar fashion. One functionality that is unique is that modern hearing aids can adjust to the specific type of environment that you are in at any point in time.

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Topics: Hearing Aid Technology

What To Expect From Your Hearing Test

Posted by Julie Peters on Jun 12, 2016 2:24:46 AM

Finding the right hearing aids that fit your particular needs can be a grueling process. From the initial testing process to monthly checkups, there are many questions that you may want answered before you commit to an in-person visit. That's why we've outlined some key factors of what to expect from your hearing test in order to help streamline this process.

Pre-test Expectations

Much like any medical-related practice, new patients are required to fill out insurance and medical history paperwork. Our specific documents can be found below:

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Topics: Hearing Loss Treatment