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The song of birds. The laughter of a family member. The pitter patter of rain. These are just some of the sounds that we all take for granted on a daily basis. For someone experiencing hearing loss, it is a much different story. Hearing loss can muffle the numerous sounds of life but Texas State Hearing Aid Device Center is here to help. We are here to help those experiencing hearing loss not feel like an outsider. We are here to help you hear better today.
 
 
 
 
 
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Call us to cut through the confusion about hearing loss and hearing aids. At Texas State Hearing Aid Device Center we understand how important your sense of hearing is to your quality of life as well as your health and happiness. We can help restore your hearing so you can continue to do the activities you enjoy, whether it’s going to work, watching movies or playing with your grandchildren.
 

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Through our audiological services, we’ve helped hundreds of people just like you regain control of their lives. We can help you too. Our hearing solutions and sound advice can help make speech clearer through highly sophisticated hearing technology. We can also offer effective strategies to make communicating with family members, friends, and colleagues easier. Better hearing is just a phone call away!
 

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HEARING LOSS

Trouble hearing? It’s easier to blame noisy restaurants or workplaces, to think that “everyone mumbles”, or that your granddaughter has a very soft voice.

In fact, hearing loss typically happens to us very slowly, over a long time, so it’s easy to miss. And it’s more common than you might think. You’re not alone!

The latest available statistics show that over 10% of the U.S. population reports difficulty hearing. That’s more than 31 million people! And as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, that number promises to increase dramatically.

48 million Americans of all ages experience hearing loss, including one in six baby boomers. Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to noise, diabetes or other factors, but most often it’s simply a result of aging.

While you can’t stop aging—yet—you can treat hearing loss. The good news is that most hearing loss is mild and treatable. There is no reason to tough it out or to be left out when you could easily be getting more out of life.

With the right hearing treatment plan and hearing aid, you’ll be able to turn up the volume on everything. You can stop asking people to repeat themselves. You can turn down the TV so the neighbors on the next block aren’t hearing it, too. With treatment, you’ll be able to stay involved in all the activities you enjoy and live life to its fullest again.

 
 

HOW WE HEAR

How do your ear and brain work together to help you hear? Hearing begins when sound waves enter your outer ear (you know, the visible portion of the ear located on the outside of the head) and are channeled down your auditory canal, a tube-like passageway lined with tiny hairs and small glands that produce earwax.

At the end of your auditory canal lies the middle ear, which is composed of the eardrum and three small bones, often referred to as the hammer, the anvil and the stirrup. Which sounds like things you might find at the town forge but stick with us here.

When sound waves hit your eardrum, it vibrates and, in turn, moves the bone shaped like a hammer. The hammer then moves the anvil, which moves the stirrup, transmitting the vibrations into your inner ear. The middle ear functions to amplify sound, which is why significant hearing loss can result from any disruption in any of its parts.

Hair cells can be damaged by use of ototoxic drugs, disease and simply aging. And once these hair cells are gone, you can’t use Rogaine to make them come back. Hearing aids can be used to compensate.

All the parts described above create a system which enables you to hear clearly. If you’re experiencing hearing loss, we can determine what’s not working as well as it should be. Then we’ll explain your options to you and help you choose the best solution for your hearing needs and your lifestyle.

 

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9 MYTHS ABOUT HEARING LOSS

Over the last few decades there have been huge advances in both our understanding of hearing loss and the technology used to solve hearing problems. Unfortunately, most peoples’ assumptions about their hearing are outdated or plain wrong.

Before you put off treatment for another day, discover the truth about hearing loss.

MYTH 1: I’d know if I had hearing loss.

Fact: The truth is that hearing loss is so gradual that you may not notice it right away. As your hearing loss increases, you may compensate by turning up the volume or by always asking people to repeat themselves. Denial is most people’s first reaction to hearing loss, followed by blaming others for mumbling or keeping the TV volume too low. We all tend to be stubborn, but the fact is, if your friends or family members are telling you that you have hearing loss, you probably do. Especially when you consider that your odds of having hearing loss are 1 in 5.

Remember that people without hearing loss don’t need to convince others that “I can hear just fine!” If you’ve been told that you need a hearing test, it’s time to get one.

MYTH 2: It’s not worth the trouble to improve my hearing.

Fact: Maybe to you it isn’t worth it, but just ask the people around you how they feel. It can drive your family nuts when they constantly have to repeat themselves or be driven out of the room by the volume of the TV. Seriously, hearing loss can lead to frustration, social withdrawal, and depression — even dementia. The best solution is to deal with hearing loss rather than act like it’s not a problem.

MYTH 3: It doesn’t matter if I put off getting hearing aids.

Fact: Hearing loss will get worse over time. Researchers even have a name for this: they call it auditory deprivation. The longer you ignore your hearing loss, the more hearing you’ll lose that can never be recovered. Hearing aids can help, but only if you have enough hearing left to be saved. And the longer you live with hearing loss, the harder it is to adjust to using hearing aids.

MYTH 4: If you’re hearing impaired, it’s just a matter of turning up the volume.

Fact: Sure, you can take that approach. But don’t expect to have the best relationships. When people know they’ll constantly have to repeat themselves, they tend to save themselves the trouble by avoiding you.

The right way to turn up the volume is with the use of professionally programmed hearing aids, so that you don’t have to turn up the volume on everyone else. Keep in mind that people resent being burdened when they know that someone could just as easily help themselves.

MYTH 5: Hearing aids won’t work for me.

Fact: Hearing aids work for almost everyone, but only if you use the right technology with the right settings. Will the cheap hearing aids that you can buy online without evaluation, fitting or adjustment from a hearing professional improve your hearing? Not likely.

On the other hand, if you work with your hearing specialist to find the right hearing aid, programmed for your specific hearing loss, fit and adjusted to your lifestyle, your hearing aids will almost certainly help you hear better.

MYTH 6: Hearing aids are ugly.

Fact: Not any more. It’s true that older models were large, and there were few options. Today you can choose from dozens of behind the ear, in ear or in the ear canal models. The newest models are sleek and small, with some types that fit completely inside the ear canal, making them nearly invisible.

MYTH 7: Hearing aids will make me look – and feel – old.

Fact: First, hearing loss affects people of all ages. Second, if you are experiencing hearing loss, constantly asking people to repeat themselves, missing parts of the conversation, and responding inappropriately makes you seem old! Stay young by hearing clearly and participating in conversations with confidence and without hesitation.

MYTH 8: I can save money by just getting one hearing aid

Fact: You can save money by buying just one hearing aid or just one shoe, but we wouldn’t recommend either. There’s a reason you have two ears; you use them both to locate the source of sounds, to maintain balance, and to hear sound clearly regardless of the direction it’s coming from. If you have hearing loss in both ears, you need two hearing aids.

MYTH 9: Hearing aids are expensive

Fact: Some flat-screen Ultra-High Definition TVs retail for more than $8,000, but the millions of people who buy these don’t think they are too expensive. It’s all about value.

Hearing clearly is part of staying healthy, happy and active. How much is that worth to you? The hearing specialists at Texas State Hearing Aid Device Center will recommend the hearing aid options that best match your hearing needs, your lifestyle and your budget.

 
 

IMPROVE YOUR HEARING

Hearing plays a major role in our quality of life, from our emotional well-being and physical health to our careers and leisure activities. Yet millions of people who have hearing loss let it go untreated, despite research showing links between untreated hearing loss and increased risk of falls, depression, anxiety, hospitalizations and even dementia.

When we hear our best, there’s nothing stopping us from enjoying the sounds of laughter, music, nature or conversations with family and friends. Hearing these sounds help fuel us, and undeniably make moments more memorable and life more enjoyable.

When hearing is impaired, those sounds we’ve taken for granted fade — leading to a cascade of changes that could impact us emotionally.

•    Hearing loss might cause embarrassment

•    Missing favorite sounds might lead to sadness

•    Missing critical information could create anxiety

•    Not hearing conversations clearly might lead to feeling left out

•    And feeling left out can lead to depression and social isolation





Types of Hearing Loss

CONDUCTIVE HEARING LOSS: Conductive hearing loss can occur when there is damage or a blockage in the outer and/or middle ear. This can result in sound not being conducted adequately through the ear canal to the eardrum, or from the eardrum via the ossicles of the middle ear to the inner ear. It can be caused by earwax, a perforated eardrum, a build up of fluid in the middle ear from a cold or flu, (often referred to as ‘glue ear’), abnormal bone growth involving the ossicles, repeated ear infections and allergies. It is more common in children and indigenous populations. Medical interventions and technologies are often used to treat conductive hearing loss.


SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS: Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage or malfunction of the hair cells in the cochlear. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Assistive technologies can help reduce the effects of sensorineural hearing loss.


MIXED HEARING LOSS: A mixed hearing loss occurs when both conductive and sensorineural hearing losses are present. The sensorineural component of the hearing loss is permanent, while the conductive component may be permanent or temporary.


AUDITORY NEUROPATHY: Conductive hearing loss can occur when there is damage or a blockage in the outer and/or middle ear. This can result in sound not being conducted adequately through the ear canal to the eardrum, or from the eardrum via the ossicles of the middle ear to the inner ear. It can be caused by earwax, a perforated eardrum, a build up of fluid in the middle ear from a cold or flu, (often referred to as ‘glue ear’), abnormal bone growth involving the ossicles, repeated ear infections and allergies. It is more common in children and indigenous populations. Medical interventions and technologies are often used to treat conductive hearing loss.

HELP A LOVED ONE WITH HEARING LOSS

Start the conversation

Listen, help, repeat.

Here are some useful tips to start the conversation:

1. Choose the right location: Choose a location which is private, comfortable and free from background noise.

2. Speak clearly: Make sure they can see your face, and speak clearly.

3. Show compassion: It’s common for someone to deny their hearing loss. It’s helpful to discuss how advances in technology have changed the way hearing aids look and perform.

4. Share how their hearing loss impacts you: The spouse or family of someone with hearing loss usually has to take the role of the voice in group conversations. Another factor is the element of danger as the person affected might not hear a cry for help. Explaining these and other scenarios can shed light on the topic and help in encouraging your loved one to take the relevant steps to better hearing.

5. Communicate the urgency of treating hearing loss: There are numerous documented cases resulting from hearing loss. Some people become socially reclusive and avoid going out due to difficulties interacting with others in challenging listening situations. Other cases have included depression or a decline in cognitive functions. Just like exercise, hearing keeps your brain energized, hence it’s of utmost importance to support a friend or family member overcome personal obstacles related to hearing loss. Be a partner in the process. Travel the journey and discover sounds together

PREVENT HEARING LOSS

The volume of sounds you hear is measured in decibels (dB), 15-20 dB being the softest whisper and 120 dB being a jet engine. The softest sounds one can hear are called thresholds. Normal hearing thresholds for adults are considered 0-25 dB across the range of frequencies tested.

Speech testing is also conducted as a part of this series of evaluations and helps to assess the levels of particular words you can hear clearly. These tests can help determine the type of hearing loss you’re experiencing, which can be categorized conductive, sensorineural or mixed.

Take a look at these decibel ratings and permissible exposure times provided by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NIOSH/CDC)


 

Intensities of Common Sounds in Decibels

Sounds Intensities Permissible exposure time
City Traffic, inside the car 85 dB 8 hours
Bulldozer 88 dB 4 hours
Jazz Concert 91 dB 2 hours
Power Mower 94 dB 1 hour
Nightclub 97 dB 30 minutes
Ambulance Siren, inside driver window down 100 dB 15 minutes
Rock Concert, Leaf Blower 115 dB 30 seconds

For a complete listing of over 1700 noises and their corresponding decibel levels, check out this list of Exposure Time Guidelines from Dangerous Decibels.

Benjamin Franklin got it right when he said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

 
 
 

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT HEARING LOSS AND HEARING AIDS


How do I know if I have hearing loss?

Hearing loss develops gradually without discomfort or pain which makes it difficult to identify. In most cases it is usually the family members that notice it first while the person experiencing hearing loss finds other way to compensate.

Take our online hearing quiz and if you answer yes to several questions, you are likely to have some form of hearing loss and should contact our office to have your hearing tested on location.


What is a Hearing Aid?

A hearing aid is a small electronic device worn in or behind the ear. This device contains a microphone, and amplifier, and a speaker that are used to detect sound, make portions of it louder and send that enhanced signal to the ear. This amplified sound helps the wearer to hear easier and allows people with hearing loss to listen, communicate and participate more fully in everyday life.


Who treats hearing loss?

Audiologists are trained specialists with masters’ degrees or a doctorate degree in audiology, the study of hearing. They specialize in testing, evaluating and treating hearing loss and balance disorders which also includes the fitting of hearing aids.

Hearing Instrument Specialists are trained in the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids. Hearing Instrument Specialists undergo extensive clinical and educational training that are often state licensed and board certified to run tests for hearing loss and fit hearing aids to patients.

Otolaryngologists
are medical doctors that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, throat, head and neck disorders. Otolaryngologists are also known as ENT doctors.


Which hearing aid will work best for me?

While all hearing aids amplify sound, the characteristics of your hearing loss determines which hearing aid will be the best option. The characteristics of your hearing loss is determined by taking our hearing test. Once we have those test results in hand we will know just what features that you will need and benefit from. For example, you may need two hearing aids if you have hearing loss in both ears, you may need telecoils if you speak on the phone a lot, and you may want completely-in-the-canal hearing aids if appearance is a concern. All of these aspects hearing will determine the best fit for you.

Call us with all of your hearing loss concerns!


Can I get financial assistance for a hearing aid?

Financial assistance is usually available in some form. Checking with your insurance provider to see if they can offer any assistance is always the first step. If not, financing is usually available through your hearing specialist. It is also a good idea to see what Medicaid or Medicare may cover.


WHICH HEARING AIDS ARE BEST FOR YOU?

Today you have your choice of almost invisible, comfortable and high fidelity hearing aids. There are literally hundreds of hearing aid types and styles on the market. With the right hearing aids, your life could be transformed. With the wrong ones, your hearing could get worse.

Your hearing aid specialist can help you choose hearing aids that are right for your hearing needs, the environments where you spend time, your lifestyle and your budget. Your hearing expert can fit, adjust and program your hearing aids so you get the best hearing possible.

Your options include the traditional behind the ear, receiver in the ear and receiver in your ear canal types. There are even extended wear hearing aids that you leave in for months at a time, and hearing aids that wirelessly connect to your TV through your smartphone.

Discover the discreet and powerful digital or wireless hearing aid that will work for you.

Call to schedule a visit to get your hearing tested and talk about which hearing solution is right for you.

 
 
 

CHOOSING HEARING AIDS

How Hearing Aids Work

Hearing aids use small microphones to collect sounds. A computer chip then converts the incoming sound, analyzes it and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss. Then you hear the audio signals through miniature speakers in your ears.

Which hearing aid is right for you? It depends on the severity of your hearing loss, the environments where you want to hear better, how active you want to be and which technology you are comfortable with.

 

Hearing Evaluation

At the time of your hearing evaluation, we will take a case history to determine the type of hearing problem that you have. We’ll ask you questions about the onset of your hearing loss, and whether you are experiencing tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and/or dizziness.

Based on the results of the hearing test and the answers to these questions, our highly trained hearing experts may make a referral to a medical doctor for an examination and possible treatment. If the testing reveals a sensori-neural hearing loss, we may recommend hearing aids.

There are literally thousands of hearing aids from which to choose. Our highly trained staff will use the information that in your case history and in the audiological evaluation to help narrow those choices for you. You will make the final decision on which hearing aid to purchase. The two main types of hearing aids available today are conventional analog hearing aids and digital hearing aids.

 

Hearing Aid Fitting

During the hearing aid fitting, we program the device to meet your specific needs. We’ll give you instructions on how to put the hearing aids in your ears and remove them, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. We’ll also review with you the function of your hearing aids as it relates to your lifestyle, and how to get the most benefit from wearing your hearing aids. You can read more about hearing aid fitting here.

 

Digital Hearing Aids: 21st Century Solutions

If you plan to only use your hearing aids at home, the more basic units may suffice. On the other hand, if you want to enhance your hearing at home, in the car, at the supermarket, at restaurants, and at the concerts and football games you attend — in other words, across a wide variety of listening environments, then you’ll want a more full-featured advanced digital hearing aid.

Of course the more you use your hearing aids, the more they will help you, the more you’ll be engaged with your friends and family and the more you’ll get out of life.

 

 

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU PAY FOR HEARING AIDS?

How much you should spend to enhance your hearing with hearing aids or assistive listening devices depends on many factors. If you live alone in the woods, rarely talk on the phone, never listen to the radio or watch TV, and rarely venture out, then your hearing aid use will probably be low and it doesn’t make sense to opt for “top shelf” hearing aids.

On the other hand, even if you live by yourself, if you spend time in meetings at work, or like to watch TV, talk on the phone or listen to the news on the radio; if you enjoy socializing with friends and family, your use is going to be high. In fact, you’ll probably wear your hearing aids for 12 to 16 hours a day. You’ll want hearing aids that consistently perform well.

Given your high use, paying for high quality hearing aids is a good investment in your quality of life, in your ability to stay connected and to communicate well.

The Price and Value of Hearing Aids

Cost and value are two different things. Take out a piece of paper and make a list of how many times each day and each week you could benefit from using hearing aids. What are situations where hearing more clearly would help you enjoy life more? Look at your list and calculate what it would be worth to you, per day, to be an active part of the conversation. That’s the value to you of wearing hearing aids.

What Determines the Cost of Hearing Aids?

Cost is determined by features and function. The more features you want and the higher level of performance you’d like, the more you’ll pay. Almost-invisible hearing aids that work well across a broad spectrum of listening environments and are designed for someone with an active lifestyle are likely to be more costly (and work better) than cheap imitations.

Like any other technology, your hearing aid price depends on which features you choose and, more importantly, what your hearing healthcare professional recommends for you. The more features you receive, the more the hearing aids will cost.

For example, if you live a very active lifestyle, we may recommend dual microphones to help you hear better in noisy environments. Our patients are typically very satisfied with this feature.

All hearing aids come with an adjustment or trial period, typically 30 days from date of purchase. During this adjustment period, you’re welcome to visit us for any necessary fitting issues. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the hearing aids you buy, you can return them for a refund minus a small fitting/restocking fee.

Does Insurance Cover Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids are generally not covered by health insurance companies, with some exceptions. For eligible children and young adults ages 21 and under, Medicaid will pay for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, including hearing aids, under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) service. Also, children may be covered by their state’s early intervention program or State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Medicare does not cover hearing aids for adults; however, diagnostic evaluations are covered if they are ordered by a physician to assist in developing a treatment plan. Since Medicare has declared the bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) a prosthetic device and not a hearing aid, Medicare will cover the BAHA if other coverage policies are met.

Some nonprofit organizations provide financial assistance for hearing aids, while others may help provide used or refurbished aids.

We’ll help you make the right choice for your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget. Call us today at 325-695-1133

 

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU BUY

Before you buy a hearing aid, ask us these important questions:

  • What features would be most useful to me?
  • What is the total cost of the hearing aid?
  • Do the benefits of newer technologies outweigh the higher costs?
  • Is there a trial period to test the hearing aids? (Most manufacturers allow a 30-to 60-day trial period during which aids can be returned for a refund.)
  • What fees are nonrefundable if the aids are returned after the trial period?
  • How long is the warranty?
  • Can it be extended?
  • Does the warranty cover future maintenance and repairs?
  • What service do they provide after the sale? Can the hearing aid specialist make adjustments and provide servicing and minor repairs?
  • Will loaner aids be provided when repairs are needed?
  • What instruction does the hearing aid specialist provide?

HEARING AID OPTIONS

Hearing aids have come a long way since the ear trumpet. There are now choices that range from virtually unseen “in the ear” hearing aids to the more conventional over the hear hearing aids. With so many options available, we always provide a little overview of the different types. Ultimately, the type of hearing aid you buy depends on your own hearing needs and the lifestyle you live. The best way to pick your ideal hearing aid out the hundreds of options available is to seek guidance from your local hearing experts.


The Newest Hearing Aids

The advancement of technology has had a tremendous impact on the way hearing aids feel, look, and perform. They can be small enough to be virtually invisible to onlookers, “cool” looking enough that you will not care if they are seen, and so natural sounding that they mimic the way you used to hear before experiencing your own hearing loss.

There is no secret, digital hearing aids account for the majority of hearing aids sold worldwide. The quality of the sound is astounding and will give you the confidence that you made the right hearing aid choice.


Digital Hearing Aid Features

• Dual microphones: Allows for better hearing in noisy settings. Some hearing aids can even identify the source of the noise and reduce it!

• Feedback cancellation: Cancels feedback before hearing it as an annoying whistle!

• Open technology: Keeps the ear unobstructed to eliminate the ‘talking in barrel” effect.

• Hands-free technology: Automatically adjusts to your environment, for example, if you are on the phone, in a crowd or in a windy area.

• Wireless technology: Allows you to hear your TV, cell phone, or home phone in stereo…Directly through your hearing aid.

Digital hearing aids can act on soft sounds and loud sounds in completely different fashions. The more advanced the digital chip, the more bands it will process. Some digital hearing aids have the capabilities to reduce some environment noises such as clanging dishes or running motors.


There are Four Basic Technology Levels:

• Economy

• Basic

• Advanced

• Best

Each level offers digital hearing solutions based on your budget, level of hearing loss and of course, lifestyle. With so many options available, we are confident in our ability to find you the ideal hearing aid.


The Newest Hearing Aids

Conventional hearing aids are simply just amplifiers that feature manual tuning and volume control. These hearing aids are ideal for easy listening environments such as watching TV, one on one conversations… essentially quiet environments because the sounds present are typically amplified in the same way. This technology provides limited flexibility in meeting an individual’s need.


Why Wireless Hearing Aids Are So Popular

Wireless hearing aids pair with a handheld device, like your smart phone, connects you directly and wirelessly to the sounds you need to hear, like your TV.

This technology picks up the sound you wish to hear and dampens the sounds that are distracting to your main focus. You will not need to scream into your cell phone, crank up the volume on the TV, and won’t miss out on the things you enjoy most.

Each person is unique which means the hearing aids you buy need to be selected, fitted and programmed to each individual’s needs. Texas State Hearing Aid Device Center can do just that so that and help you live your life and hear better with the correct hearing aid.


WHICH TYPE OF HEARING AID IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids: A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. A tube connects the hearing aid to a custom earpiece called an ear mold that fits in your ear canal. This type is appropriate for people of all ages and those with almost any type of hearing loss.

In the Canal (IC) Hearing Aids: Invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids are the smallest custom hearing aids available. They are designed and sculptured to fit entirely inside your ear canal (external auditory meatus) and are therefore almost, if not completely, invisible.

In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids: In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are designed to fit in the outer ear and are very easy to handle. ... To ensure a perfect fit, ITE aids are typically custom made based on an impression of the wearer's ear and ear canal. This high degree of customization means that ITE aids are usually very comfortable to wear.

In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids: Essentially invisible and maintenance free. This type of hearing aid combines the concealment of our In the Canal hearing aid with the convenience of wearing them for extended periods of times.

Receiver in the Ear (RIC) Hearing Aids: RIC hearing aids have a microphone and sound processor housed in a casing which sits behind the ear. This behind the ear portion of the hearing aid has a small wire running around the ear and into ear canal, which is known as the “receiver” and has a speaker on the end of it which sits in the ear canal. Visibility isn’t a problem. You can attend business meetings, parties and other social events without anyone even knowing that you are wearing hearing aids. The small hard plastic casing on this device is often hidden behind the ear or underneath your hair.


Special Hearing Aid Features

Many of our devices come with specific programming features that include noise management features, automatic adjustments, ear to ear communication, function controls, directional microphones, wireless Bluetooth controls, music programs and telecoil. The telecoil feature is useful in public spaces with induction loop systems. Our hearing professionals are here for your very own consultation to discuss which features fit your needs.



 
Widex Hearing Aids

Widex Hearing Aids

Widex is one of the largest manufacturers of hearing aids and takes tremendous pride in having remained a family-owned company since its creation. The company has a large selection of traditional hearing aids and offers niche products for conditions such as tinnitus. Widex aims to create the best sound quality possible by continuing to grow and develop their technology within the products. Their research and development has been responsible for countless breakthroughs in hearing aid technology.

 

 
Starkey Hearing Aids

Starkey Hearing Aids

Starkey Hearing Technologies understands the human element of audiology. For over 50 years, they’ve been able to restore rich, full lives to those with hearing loss through their technology. The company recognizes how life changing hearing better can be — not only for those with hearing loss, but for their families as well. Starkey has a wide variety of hearing aid styles and specialized hearing devices to fit every patient’s specific needs.

 

 
Phonak Hearing Aids

Phonak Hearing Aids

Phonak is a globally trusted distributor of hearing aids. They are well known for their rechargeable and wireless products as well as their water and dust resistant hearing aids. Phonak also funds a charity called Hear the World, aimed at providing disadvantaged people with hearing loss the ability to hear again.

 

 
 
Unitron Hearing Aids

Unitron Hearing Aids

Unitron is an award-winning manufacturer of hearing aids. They have a unique design approach that focuses on simplicity and appeals to many hearing aid shoppers. With this mindset they’ve been able to create the world’s smallest hearing aid, among other products.

 

 
 
Siemens Hearing Aids

Siemens Hearing Aids

Siemens has been a trusted name in audiology for over a century. They continue to offer a wide selection of products and styles, innovative hearing technology, and use this tech to better understand hearing loss. Operating out of North America, Siemens is one of the hearing aid brands under Sivantos, Inc.

 
 

 
 
 
Rexton Hearing Aids

Rexton Hearing Aids

Rexton hearing aids are exclusively provided by medical professionals so they can be professionally fitted to provide customers with comfort and superior hearing. The company has a wide variety of high quality hearing aids that are highly trusted by hearing professionals.

 

 
 
 
Oticon Hearing Aids

Oticon Hearing Aids

Rexton hearing aids are exclusively provided by medical professionals so they can be professionally fitted to provide customers with comfort and superior hearing. The company has a wide variety of high quality hearing aids that are highly trusted by hearing professionals.

 

 
Resound Hearing Aids

Resound Hearing Aids

Resound’s hearing aid styles for children and adults are some of the most varied on the market, including models that are among the most powerful, as well as the smallest. In addition, the company offers state of the art digital technology to meet the specific needs of military veterans and others with special hearing needs.


Optional Features and Accessories

Many hearing aids we offer come with optional features like directional microphones, listening programs and Bluetooth® compatibility as well as accessories to help with TV watching and hands-free cell phone connection. Assistive listening devices are available when hearing aids are not enough or not an option.

 
 
 

HEARING AID BATTERIES AND ACCESSORIES

You just got fitted for a hearing aid and you can’t wait to hear all the sounds you’ve been missing. You then find out that there is a list of hearing accessories you need for the upkeep of your hearing aid. Don’t worry. Our team of experts are here for any questions you may need as well as information regarding the upkeep necessary to keep you hearing better for the years to come. Our hearing aid specialists will show you what you need—and what you don’t—to get the most out of your hearing aid.


How do I know which battery to order for my hearing aid?

Hearing aid batteries are standardized with number and color codes to make it easy to find your specific battery. The easy-to-remember codes are 675 (Blue), 13 (Orange), 312 (Brown) and 10 (Yellow).


How do I know which color or number battery fits my hearing aid?

We are always here to ensure you have all the information you need regarding your exact battery fit specifications. Call us with any questions or concerns.


How long will my battery last?

Hearing aid batteries will typically last about 5-7 days depending on the size, model, level of hearing loss and the demands of the location you use them in. The more active you are in using your hearing aid determines the length of time the battery lasts. Due to the constant drain on your battery, the battery life is much less than, say, a watch battery that is similar to hearing aid batteries.


How can I avoid running out of batteries?

Simply keep a month’s supply of hearing aid batteries on hand, about eight to ten, and order more once you’re down to four to allow for shipping time.


Where should I store my hearing aid batteries?

The ideal place to store your batteries is exactly where you store your hearing aid at night – a nightstand or bedroom drawer. That way you know where they are at all times. Another useful tool is to keep some spare batteries in your hearing aid carrying case.

It’s not a good idea to keep batteries in the refrigerator. Condensation and moisture can harm them. Avoid extreme temperatures because hearing aid batteries are best at room temperature, just like you.

Our hearing care professionals are happy to help whenever it’s time for you to purchase hearing batteries. Just call and ask!

HEARING CARE SERVICES

Our passion is helping smart people like you in Abilene, TX — people who want to stay active and engaged — rediscover hearing clearly and without strain. Our satisfaction comes from the joy our patients feel when they hear better and can once again connect with friends, family, and the world around them. Each person’s hearing loss, listening needs and preferences are different. You can count on our professionals to take the time necessary to understand your concerns.


Hearing Testing

Hearing Testing

We’ll evaluate your hearing to determine whether or not you have hearing loss, what the likely causes are, the degree and type of hearing loss and whether the loss exists in one or both ears.

If testing reveals that you do have hearing loss, we offer a wide range of solutions. It is important to remember that there is no such thing as “one size fits all.”

Already have hearing aids but aren’t hearing as well as you’d like?

Your hearing loss may have changed, or your hearing aids may simply need adjusting. Call us and make an appointment for a thorough hearing evaluation.

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Hearing Aid Fitting

Hearing Aid Fitting

If hearing aids are the solution for you, we want you to get the maximum benefit from wearing them. Hearing aids work extremely well when they are fitted to your ears and adjusted for your hearing needs and preferences.

Our hearing professionals will check that your hearing aids are comfortable and program them. Then we’ll check your hearing with the hearing aids in place. Today’s hearing aids can be fine tuned to help you hear in a variety of environments, including restaurants, crowds and other difficult listening situations. Finally, we’ll show you the advanced features of your new hearing aids and how to care for them.

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Tinnitus Therapy & Treatment

Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus (tin-NY-tus) is a common condition where a person experiences a ringing, rushing or buzzing in the ears. Our professionals can help recommend a course of action to deal with this persistent problem.

A careful review of your health history along with audiometric testing will identify the right tinnitus treatment, whether it is hearing aids, maskers, drug therapy, or allergy treatment. Tinnitus therapy can quiet the noise in your ears and may be right for you.

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Ear Wax Management

Ear Wax Management

Many people are surprised to learn that a buildup of earwax can cause hearing problems. Sometimes the ear produces too much wax which can become impacted and press against the eardrum. This can impair the ability to hear. We can safely remove impacted earwax, something you should not attempt at home.

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HEARING TESTING


We are here to help you or your loved ones hear better and get more out life. Everything we do is focused on that one goal which is why we always hire the most qualified, friendly and knowledgeable professionals. Our staff is committed to you and our state of the art hearing tests reflect just how deeply we care.


What happens during a hearing test?
•    When you arrive for your hearing exam, you will be greeted by our front office staff and asked to fill out several forms that will verify identity, insurance, personal information, and medical history.

•    When your hearing exam begins, your hearing aid specialist will review key personal information with you and will ask you a few questions to discover the specific types of environments in which you may be experiencing hearing loss and hearing problems.

•    Next, your hearing aid specialist may look into your ears by using an otoscope. This instrument is used to see the ear canal and the eardrum and whether or not there is earwax obstructing the canal. Sometimes the hearing aid specialist will have a video otoscope, so you can see inside your ear as well.

This testing will enable us to determine:
•    Whether or not a hearing loss exists

•    The possible cause of hearing loss

•    The degree and type of hearing loss and whether the loss exists in one or both ears

•    The best treatment options


Type of Hearing Test


Audiometric Test

You will be tested using a series of low and high frequency tones to determine your ability to understand verbiage within a short distance (as in a conversation). We will also give you several words to repeat. The results will help us determine your percentage of hearing loss, your ability to understand speech and if hearing aids will help you.


Your Hearing Test Results

Our hearing experts will go over the results of your hearing test on our audiogram form. This form reflects your hearing loss in frequencies and decibels. You will be shown the type, pattern and the degree of your hearing loss, as well as what percentage of conversational speech you are still able to hear. With these results and more we will then discuss the options available to you and discuss in detail what the next steps are.

You can’t solve what you don’t understand. Schedule a hearing test with our trained hearing aid specialists and discover how much sound you’ve been missing… and how much more you could be hearing.

Hearing Aid Fitting


Hearing aid fitting is a crucial part of your success with hearing aids, which is why is it important to come to us for professional services. The proper fitting procedure ensure that your hearing aid is comfortable and also adjusted to fit your hearing needs and preference.

We will program your new hearing aids based on the results of your hearing test and individual preference as well as the unique environments you listen in. We will fine tune your hearing instruments for the highest quality sound possible.


Hearing and Follow Up Care

We strive to provide you with the maximum benefit from your hearing aids. Over the course of three follow up visits, we will look at the situations where you thrive and also those you might need improvement.

Tinnitus Management


Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking or whistling sound in your ears?

Do you hear this often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you may have tinnitus. However, with our tinnitus management, you can quiet the noise in your ears and may be the right treatment for you.

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What Causes Tinnitus

Tinnitus is thought to affect 50 million Americans. It usually occurs after the age of 50 years, but children and adolescents can experience it, too. The most common causes of tinnitus is:
•           Damage and loss of the tiny sensory hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear. This tends to happen as people age.

•            Prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise. Hearing loss may coincide with tinnitus.

•            Head and Neck Trauma can cause nerve, blood flow, and muscle issues that result in the perception of tinnitus.

•           Medications can also cause tinnitus. If you take medicine and are having tinnitus symptoms, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be the cause.


What You Should Do If You Have Tinnitus

The first step is to call us over at Texas State Hearing Aid Device Center and schedule a visit with one of audiologists for an evaluation. A thorough history and audiometric test will be able to determine the most likely causes and the best treatment for your tinnitus.

Since there are many causes of tinnitus, it is important to rule out anything else that may affect your overall health. After an evaluation, you may be referred to an ear, nose and throat doctor to complete the diagnosis.


Avoid Making Your Tinnitus Worse

It is imperative to avoid anything that can increase the ringing in your ears such as smoking, alcohol use, and of course, loud noises. Depending on your lifestyle and job, if you are exposed to loud noises at home or at work, wear ear plugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing and keep your tinnitus from worsening.


Types of Tinnitus Management

A careful review of your health history along with audiometric testing will identify which of the following is the right treatment option:
•    Hearing Aids — Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus. The majority of patients with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.

•    Maskers —Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus.

•    Allergy Treatment — Allergies can exacerbate tinnitus. If you test positive for allergies treatment can have the dual effect of reducing the ringing in your ears and giving you a big boost in energy.
Tinnitus management works — talk to us and put an end to the ringing in your ears.

HEARING PROTECTION

Ear Protection for Law Enforcement

If you are involved in law enforcement you undoubtedly know how important your sense of hearing is to perform your job effectively. You may also have experienced a situation where firing your weapon has temporarily reduced your ability to hear. And if it hasn’t already happened, there may be a future situation where your partner or a member of your team will be forced to fire their weapon in close proximity or in a confined area. The potential damage to your hearing could be severe and could result in irreversible hearing loss.

 

Hearing Protection for Musicians

Professional musicians work in a high decibel environment in which hearing loss, tinnitus, hypersensitivity to sound and sound distortion can result.

Traditional earplugs will not work for the professional musician, as they reduce sound by muffling low-to-mid-range frequencies. Custom musicians ear molds are available that can protect the musician’s ears from loud sounds without distorting what they hear. There are also a variety of ‘in ear monitors’ that will enhance the music experience whether you are a serious musician or just a music aficionado. Many other products are also available that will enhance the music experience.

 

Ear Protection for Hunters and Recreational Shooters

As many as 50 percent of all recreational shooters may suffer some degree of hearing loss. It is generally thought that loud noises in excess of 90 decibels are harmful to hearing over prolonged exposure. Most gunfire exceeds 130 decibels and requires reliable, quality hearing protection. Using ear protection can prevent needless and permanent damage to hearing.

Hunting requires one to have the ability to hear very soft sounds, while still protecting the ear from the peak noise levels of a shotgun blast. Fortunately, hunters have many options for protection. Not only can they choose from custom or over-the-counter ear plugs or earmuffs, they can also choose protection devices that provide amplification while reducing the sounds of gunfire down to a safe level.

Electronic earplugs enhance the sounds around you. For example, you can hear game movement but also reduce impulse sounds (such as gunfire) down to a safe level. This helps prevent damage to your hearing. Electronic earplugs are available in custom molds as well as standard, less expensive alternatives.

 

Occupational Hearing Protection

According to the NIOSH, approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, causing an estimated $242 million per year to be spent on worker’s compensation due to hearing loss disability.

NIOSH recommends “all worker exposures to noise be controlled below a level equivalent to 85 dBA for eight hours to minimize occupational noise induced hearing loss.” NIOSH also recommends “a 3 dBA exchange rate so that every increase by 3 dBA doubles the amount of the noise and halves the recommended amount of exposure time.”

Loud, constant sounds all day long at work can cause long term hearing problems. Loud, sudden noises (gunfire, industrial noises, woodworking, motorcycles, loud music, motorized lawn equipment, noisy hobbies and other noises louder than 90 db) are more damaging to hearing than regular and extended exposure to loud sounds over a period of time.

NIOSH recommends a hearing loss prevention program that includes the use of hearing protection devices, periodic hearing tests and education for workers along with administrative controls that include accurate record keeping, evaluations and audits.

When properly fitted, earplugs can significantly reduce loud noises and prevent hearing damage and loss. Hearing protectors not properly fitted to the wearer’s ears do not effectively prevent damaging noises from penetrating the ear canal.

 
 
hearing aid repair

Hearing Aid Repair


Are you having issues with your hearing aids? Hearing aids should be comfortable and fine-tuned to work for your hearing needs and in the places you spend your day. If you are experiencing feedback or interference, a less-tight fit, or if there are visible signs of damage or malfunction, your hearing aids need professional attention.

If you suspect your hearing aids need repair or cleaning beyond what you do at home, call us. We’ll test your hearing while wearing the aids to be sure that you have the best hearing we can give you. Periodic adjustments to your hearing aids, regular cleanings and ongoing counseling are vital to your continued satisfaction with your investment in better hearing. We are here to help you hear more, hear better, and hear well.


Repair Service

When your hearing aid isn’t working, you want it fixed with as little delay as possible. We can make simple repairs in our office and will send more severely damaged hearing aids to the manufacturers for repair. We take care of most major brands. The instruments are sent by either Federal Express or DHL to ensure that they get back as quickly as possible.


A Loaner During Repair

Another service we offer to our clients is a loaner hearing aid for you to use while we repair your main hearing aid. We have an assortment of in-the-ear and canal aids, as well as powerful behind-the-air devices. While these instruments will not fit or sound exactly like your own aids, they will be enable you to continue hearing better during the repair of your main hearing aids.


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(325) 695-1133

598 S Pioneer Dr.

Abilene, TX, 79605

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