Approximately 30 million people in the United States, one in about every 10 people, have some degree of hearing loss. Most people with hearing loss, however, can be helped by hearing devices. Hearing aid technology has improved tremendously. Latest state-of-the-art technologies meet the individual needs and lifestyle of these people.
Although the further we get from age 18 the more likely we are to see changes in hearing, hearing loss is not just an ailment of old age. At Jackson County Audiology the staff is very familiar with the assumptions sometimes made about people with even mild hearing loss.
For kids in school, a hearing loss can look like behavioral problems or inattentiveness. At work, it can appear as though the person is aloof or isn't able to follow directions. In retirement, a person with hearing loss is often mistakenly thought to have slower processing skills or inability to keep up with the conversation.
Hearing loss is a disconnection between speaker and listener, both of whom experience stress and frustration as a result. Even mild hearing loss can cause hesitation and avoidance in the workplace, social settings, and can result in less than optimal job performance.
We offer hearing aids featuring the most advanced digital technology from the world's most respected manufacturers.
Promising and significant developments in technology have made making a decision very easy for most people.
Changes in sound processing, directionality and noise reduction, when appropriately applied, make the goal of optimal speech understanding in the widest variety of listening environments readily attainable. Recent research goals have been focused on clarity, flexibility, comfort and cosmetics. As a result, optimal benefit is easier to attain, and instruments are comfortable and easy to wear, even at work.
Bluetooth hearing aids have ushered in a major revolution in the area of hearing aids. This technology has done wonders for hearing aid users. With the digital and bluetooth devices increasing in numbers, bluetooth hearing aids might be just the coolest things on earth!
Bluetooth enables a hearing aid user a better compatibility with bluetooth enabled hands free devices. This has effectively tackled the problems of compatibility faced by hearing aid users with phone headsets and ipods.
Bluetooth technology facilitates communication between two hearing aids, which leads to optimal audibility. This technology also facilitates connectivity with wireless bluetooth enabled devices, like cell phones and music players.
First, ask yourself a couple of questions:
1. Do others complain you watch television with the volume too high?
2. Do you frequently ask others to repeat themselves?
3. Do you have difficulty understanding young children?
4. Are you unable to understand when someone talks to you from another room?
If you answer yes to those questions, you should have your hearing tested.
What is the difference between a hearing screen and diagnostic hearing tests?
Hearing assessments are not all created equal. A complete hearing test, also referred to as a ‘diagnostic hearing test’ or a ‘hearing evaluation’ includes a full assessment of your hearing ability, your speech understanding ability, and an assessment of your outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear.
This type of test can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour or more, depending on the degree and type of your hearing loss, and is typically performed by an audiologist (we have 2 audiologists at our clinic - Charley and Robbie).
A hearing screening is an abbreviated version of a standard hearing test. It is a test only of your ability to hear different tones for each ear. The screening will only indicate if a hearing loss is present or not. A hearing screening typically takes less than 15 minutes. This type of test can be performed by any number of individuals, including public health or school nurses, Speech-Language Pathologists, ENT medical office assistants, hearing aid dispensers or dealers, audiometric technicians and audiologists.
We highly recommend a diagnostic hearing test rather than a screening. Upon your request, or that of your physician's, we will submit a copy of the audiogram (results of hearing test) to you both.
After your initial diagnostic test, we provide free repeat assessments every 3 years or as needed.
Most insurance companies pay for your diagnostic hearing test upon receipt of your doctor's order. Simply ask your Dr. for a Script to be faxed to us at 816.373.7969, then call for an appointment 816.373.7900!
Because we want our patients to be 100% satisfied, we offer a 30-day adjustment period during which time we closely monitor the progress of our patient. You get to experience how the hearing aids work in the real world.
Also, this is an opportunity for the patient to weigh the benefit against the cost, and have all of the necessary adjustments made to function in many different listening environments. If the benefit does not out-weigh the cost, the patient has an opportunity to return the hearing aids for a refund minus a small trial fee.
With purchase of our hearing aids you initially receive 2 free packages of batteries. We celebrate your birthday by giving you 2 packages of batteries, and during your annual hearing aid check or hearing evaluation you receive 1 free package.
In addition, we offer fresh batteries (6 to a package) at a special discount of buy 3 packages and get one free!
We provide thorough evaluation of your hearing acuity.
The patient is seated in a large soundproof room during testing to ensure accurate test results. Using a variety of clinical tools, which may consist of pure-tone testing, speech audiometry and impedance testing, the audiologist will determine a patient’s hearing acuity.
Should hearing loss be present, the audiologist will discuss their recommendations as part of your hearing care plan.
Diagram represents the results of a diagnostic hearing evaluation.
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