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The Benefits of Hearing Aids


You’ll be amazed at all the sounds you’ve missed out on when you invest in better hearing so you can hear the world again. When you can hear better, you’ll be able to connect with your loved ones, and you’ll never miss the punchline of the joke again or the whisper of your grand-daughter when she says goodnight.
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Improve cognitive decline


Hearing loss and mild cognitive impairments are related because they’re both located in the temporal cortex, and numerous studies, including one in The Journal of Epidemiology, connects hearing loss with an increased chance of Alzheimer’s. There is good evidence that older adults that want to slow or stop cognitive decline can do so by prioritizing their hearing health. Keep your brain sharp when you engage with your friends and family again.

Connect with family


With families spending more time on phones or Zoom calls, just turning up the volume on your phone or tablet may not help you truly hear your grandchildren better. The volume on the phone is going to amplify every sound, including background noise, and that will not help you understand who’s talking in a group chat. But hearing aids can help you hear the nuance in conversation again. You’ll be able to hear all about your grandson’s baseball game and your granddaughter’s first words.

Prevent mental health issues


Untreated hearing loss can lead to depression and isolation, says a recent study from the American Academy of Audiology. More than 9 million Americans over the age of 65 and 10 million Americans between the ages of 45 and 64 report some hearing loss, making it one of the most common chronic conditions in the country. People that are hard of hearing also report feeling increased anxiety and paranoia. Purchasing hearing aids can be an investment in your mental health.
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Hear your favorite podcast, music or radio station


If you love listening to music or the news as you drive around town, new hearing aids can help you hear the sounds you may have missed.. Some people with good vision, despite their hearing loss, can muddle through a conversation by lipreading but podcasts or radio stations take away that extra benefit. When you’re understanding only 70% of the conversation, which is very typical of people with even just a mild degree of hearing loss, you might feel discouraged or confused by everything you can’t hear. When you’re ready to listen to your favorite sports announcer and hear every single play called the first time, give ACSWFL a call.

Improve Productivity


Missed a deadline? Do you have constant miscommunication with your co-workers? Hearing loss can take a toll on your job performance, but it’s not your fault when you simply didn’t hear your boss correctly. Don’t misunderstand an important instruction again, enhance your hearing with one of our Oticon hearing aids and catch every word.

How to Choose the Right Hearing Aid


There are seven thresholds for hearing, ranging from normal hearing at 20 dB to moderate hearing loss at 40-60 dB and severe hearing loss at 80-90 dB. Choosing the right hearing aid begins with a consultation with Jack Adams. He can identify the severity of your hearing loss. Once he establishes your range of hearing, he can help you choose the best hearing aid.

In hearing aid technology, there are three types of hearing aids:

Receiver-in-the-Ear hearing aids have a slim case that goes behind the ear. A very thin wire connects to a small speaker that is placed in the ear canal without blocking your natural hearing. This type of hearing aid is rechargeable, and can be paired with your phone or entertainment center for an unparalleled listening experience during movies or phone conversations. It is appropriate for people with mild-severe hearing loss.

In-the-Ear (ITE) – made entirely of a hard plastic casing which is custom made to the shape and size of your ear and fit inside the ear. They can be invisible and fit deeply inside the ear, or when necessary for more severe losses, they can be made to fit in the outer ear. Some ITE models can be paired to your phone and television for excellent hearing with your devices.

CROS/BICROS – For people with single-sided deafness which is too profound to get benefit from a conventional hearing aid in the poor ear, an aid may be recommended for the better ear that comes with a matching transmitter. The microphone inside the transmitter sends the sound from your poor ear into your better ear. You wear the hearing aid in one ear and the transmitter in the other ear, allowing you to hear all of the sounds around you.

Enjoy Conversation Again


Hearing aids come in a variety of skin and hair tones so they can be worn discretely. Our goal at Audiology Consultants of Southwest Florida is to help you focus on living your life. We want you to be able to hear AND understand speech in all listening environments. When you come in for a consultation, we will consider all options and explain what we can do and what we recommend to help you enjoy conversation again.

In addition to your hearing loss, we take many variables into consideration when selecting the best amplification for your specific needs.

This is just a sampling of what we consider:

Have you had hearing aids before?
What kind of hearing loss do you have?
What kind of dexterity do you have?
Do you need a trial period for your hearing aids?
Will you need hearing aids for large groups or intimate conversations?
How comfortable are you with technology?
Are you interested in pairing your phone, television or Ipad with your hearing aid?
What is your lifestyle? Are you active in sports? Social activities?
In what situations do you struggle the most?
Has your hearing loss created a sense of “feeling left out”?
Are you able to communicate effectively at home?
Do you have ringing in your ears(tinnitus)?

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How Do Hearing Aids Work?


To understand how hearing aids work, you need to first understand how the brain interprets sound:
1. Sound waves enter the ear and travel first to the eardrum, or the tympanic membrane.

2. These sound waves are converted into vibrations that move through the middle ear ossicles to the inner ear.

3. The sound wave then travels through the inner ear (cochlea), which is shaped like a tiny snail shell holding 60-70,000 tiny little hair cells(think of the inner ear as a very small coiled up brush or broom with thousands of bristles)

4. When the “bristles” are moved/wiggled by the vibration or “wave”(like seaweed on the bottom of the ocean) they produce an electrical impulse.

5. The electrical impulses are sent to the auditory nerve which criss-crosses several times on the way to taking the signal to the brain.

6. The temporal lobe in the brain then “processes” the electrical impulses coding them into language while maximizing clarity based on filtering, localization, and orientation of the sound.

Digital hearing aids


Oticon’s brain-friendly hearing aids recognize that it is the brain that truly hears. Today’s digital hearing aids have sophisticated technology that supports the brain so that you can process more sounds. There are five basic parts to today’s hearing aids:
• Microphone
• Amplifier
• Speaker
• Battery
• Computer Processor
Gone are the days when an aid is used to simply amplify sounds; today’s hearing aids do so much more. As the microphone picks up the sounds, the sounds are analyzed by the processing chip. The processing chip is programmed to your specific needs and hearing loss.

The processed sounds are sent to the amplifier and then on to the speaker. The sounds then travel through the inner ear where they are translated into electrical impulses and sent to the brain for processing.

When you purchase a hearing aid today you are actually buying a computer that has the same speed and processing capability of the best laptops on the market. Hearing aids are now using Artificial Intelligence allowing the aids to maintain a database which compares and “listens” to over 12 million sound “scenes” contained in the aid.

Bluetooth Hearing Aids


All good hearing aids now have bluetooth features which can be activated bluetooth to allow you to pair your hearing aids with your iPhone or Android. Now you can go for a walk while listening to your favorite podcast without the discomfort of headphones over your hearing aids. You can also sync your bluetooth hearing aids with your TV for an uninterrupted listening experience. You can even set the volume differently for yourself so that you can keep the sound at a comfortable level for everyone in the room.
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Connect with Friends & Family Again


For over 30 years, Audiologist, Jack Adams, owner and sole provider at Audiology Consultants of Southwest Florida, has been helping patients find the most appropriate hearing aid for their unique and personal needs. He’s committed to helping people reconnect with their friends and family again and improving his patients quality of life through better hearing. Call today for an audiology consult and take the first step toward hearing all the sounds you’ve been missing.
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