We are committed to educating our patients about their hearing.
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Fact: Although this can be true, it is not always the case. Be careful when looking for hearing aids. Make sure it’s an independent practice not owned by any manufacturers. Owned or contracted practices tend to be more expensive and have less options. There are cheaper options for hearing aids, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. We have cheaper hearing aids available. If you are not given the choice for cheaper aids, shop around. We have hearing aids as low as $500, including services.
Fact: Hearing aids do work, and they work well. Although hearing aids may not work perfectly for everyone, they do amazing things. Issues tend to arise when users do not have proper expectations for their hearing aids or receive proper counseling. We always make sure to educate our patients properly, and if the hearing aids just don’t work for you, we allow you to return them.
Fact: With some hearing aids, squeaking is normal when your hand is cupped or when your ears are extremely close to something. Hearing aids have onboard feedback cancelation. Squeaking can also be caused by ear wax. If the hearing aids squeak when you are just walking around, it usually means they are not programmed correctly or you have a dirty hearing aid/ear wax.
Fact: This is not true. All hearing aids sound different and vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. That’s why Western Hearing Clinic makes the commitment to be the only hearing clinic in the panhandle to be truly independent and free of any contracts forcing us to have quantity commitments to anyone. We assess your needs, wants, and price range, and will get you a hearing aid that fits for you.
Fact: Our hearing aids are programmed to your hearing loss and can be adjusted to reduce this noise. If you are getting too much background noise than the hearing aid is not programmed correctly. Some background noise should be expected, however not overwhelming.
Hearing loss is sometimes a sign of a larger issue. If you suspect you may have hearing loss, it’s best to schedule a hearing test.
Not all hearing loss (such as conductive hearing loss) can be treated with hearing aids and sometimes you may need medical intervention. As the only medical based hearing clinic in the area, we have a Medical Doctor in our building who can treat any issues that cannot be treated with hearing aids. Cerumen impaction is compacted ear wax in the ear canal, which keeps sound from reaching the cochlea. This can easily be removed by our providers and may improve your hearing immediately.
Sensorineural hearing loss is a type of hearing loss cause by a number of things. It’s known as damage to the cochlea and is considered a permanent hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is usually treated with hearing aids or devices. Some causes of this type of hearing loss are genetics or exposure to sound.