What is a hearing aid?

Today’s hearing aids are small, highly sophisticated digital devices (essentially high-tech miniature computers) worn in or behind the ears. Properly programmed hearing aids help make it easier for the wearer to stay connected to and enjoy high quality participation in everyday life. And now, because they incorporate features for wirelessly connecting to other ubiquitous electronics/technologies

How can hearing aids help?

The ability to stay socially connected with family and friends supports better overall personal happiness and a richer quality of life. Not only do hearing aids help people stay connected to the world and hear every day sounds, but most importantly because they help the wearer to comprehend speech, therefore they help them communicate more

Do all hearing aids work the same way?

Today’s digital hearing aid technology converts sound waves into numerical codes, similar to binary coding used by computers, and then amplifies the sound frequencies according to programmed instructions. Because the codes also include information about a sound’s needed pitch and loudness, each aid needs to be specially programmed to amplify the frequencies more than others. Digital

What are realistic expectations from hearing aids?

It’s important to develop realistic expectations about what hearing aids can and cannot do. Restoring Hearing – While hearing aids can change the qualities and intensities of sounds that reach your ears, no matter how technologically advanced the hearing aids are, they cannot restore hearing to “normal.” Types of Hearing Aids – Not all hearing

What brands of hearing aids do you carry?

Northland Audiology & Hearing Services the top brands of hearing aid and hearing accessories in order to provide our patients with a wide range of hearing healthcare solutions. We work with GN ReSound, Siemens, Widex, Starkey, Phonak, Rexton, Unitron and Interton.

Are new types of hearing aids available?

Previously, new ‘generations’ of hearing aids came out about every 5 years or so. Now, with advances in technology, manufacturers are releasing new generations every 15-24 months. Though major changes may not be as noticeable from one generation to the next, after 2 or 3 new generations of hearing aids you can expect significant improvements

Which hearing aid will work best for me?

Determining which hearing aids are the best choice for you involves a number of factors and may include a test drive! You provider not only considers which models are the most appropriate for your particular hearing loss type and severity, but also will want to know some details about your lifestyle, needs, and preferences. What

How can I find out if I need a hearing aid?

If you suspect or been told you have a hearing loss, schedule a diagnostic evaluation (hearing testing) by an Audiologist, the proper medical professional credentialed to diagnose the type and cause of your hearing loss. Based on the assessment results, your Audiologist will either refer you to another specialist such as an ENT (Ear, Nose &

Why do I need a hearing evaluation before getting hearing aids?

Your Audiologist has the professional medical training and expertise to recognize which types of hearing loss respond best to medications or surgery, and which types are helped primarily by use of hearing aids. The Audiologist’s training gives them full understanding of appropriate testing procedures as well as the medical expertise to diagnose the results. (Non-Audiologist

What questions should I ask before purchasing a hearing aid?

Before you buy a hearing aid, ask your hearing professional these important questions: What features are available? How would they be useful to me? What is the total cost of the hearing aid? Can they bill your insurance? Is there a trial period to test the hearing aids? What fees are nonrefundable if the aids

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