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Can You Hear Me Now?

Did you know that more than 36 million Americans (11% of the population) experience hearing loss and that six out of ten are below retirement age? Untreated hearing loss has been found to affect your ability to understand speech and negatively affect your social and emotional well-being.

Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to:

Hearing loss is not just an ailment of old age. It can strike at any time and any age, even childhood.

If you have noticed any of the following, you may have a hearing loss:


There are many treatment options for hearing loss.
Your audiologist will make recommendations based on the results of your hearing evaluation. They may include:

  1. Hearing aids

  2. Referral to an Ear Nose & Throat Physician if there is a medical or surgical solution.

  3. Assistive devices like an amplified telephone, TV system or alerting system.

  4. Aural Rehabilitation programs like LACE a computerized, interactive listening raining program which can improve understanding speech in difficult hearing environments like restaurants, crowds or groups of people. Think of this as physical therapy for your ears.

Hearing aids are more automatic and easier to use than in the past.
They are also more compatible with cell phones and TV. Here are just a few of the recent developments in hearing aids:

Lyric
Worn 24/7 for up to 4 months, this unique extended wear hearing device is totally invisible. There are no batteries to change and daily insertion and removal are not required.

Wireless Connectivity
Many hearing aids can also serve as a blue-tooth receiver for signals streamed from your cell phone or TV. No need to wear bulky Bluetooth headsets!

Rechargeable
Some hearing aids may be placed in a sleek recharging unit to recharge over night. No more hassles changing batteries!

Remote Controls
Many hearing aids are adjustable by a small remote control, so you don’t need to fumble with small controls on the hearing aids.

Mini Behind-the-Ear Aids
These inconspicuous hearing aids hide behind your ears and a very thin clear tube connects to a dome in the ear canal. No more blocked up feeling in your ears.

If you suspect a hearing problem, the next step is to have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist. An evaluation of your hearing is a painless procedure which measures your ears reception of sound and how your ear and your brain process speech. A detailed medical and hearing history will be taken. Your situational difficulties will be noted and addressed in the recommendations given by your audiologist.

Discover how you can improve your quality of life!! See an Audiologist.

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