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Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!

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Holiday Hearing Event

Open House ~ December 4 – 8 ~ You’re Invited!

Broadwater Hearing CareYou’re Invited to try OTICON Opn risk-free – the first hearing device proven to make it easier on the brain.

Come and bring a loved one to receive:

~ FREE Hearing Screening and Consultation

~ FREE demonstration of Oticon Opn hearing device

~ 2-week Try before you Buy Trial…RISK FREE!

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Hearing Aid Satisfaction

Hearing aid satisfaction has gone from about 33% in 1984 to 80% in 2014. I know that most people would find this hard to believe because we all know someone who refuses to wear their hearing aids.

Hearing well improves quality of lifeMost of my patients would tell you that their hearing devices have improved their quality of life greatly.

Today’s hearing devices can be programmed so exactly for each patient, that we have much greater satisfaction than we did, even 5 years ago. I am truly amazed at what we are able to do with hearing devices today.

Technology is not the only reason there has been an increase in satisfaction. The training your audiologist receives makes a huge difference in your success with hearing devices.

The ear is one of the most complex organs in your body and an expert makes all the difference in the world. Studies have also shown that Audiologists have the best outcomes with hearing device fittings.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471

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Holiday Gift of Hearing

This Holiday Season, give the Gift of Hearing with our Annual Holiday Hearing Aid Exchange. Bring your old hearing aids to Broadwater Hearing Care between November 1st and December 31st.

For each hearing aid you donate (up to two), receive a $250 credit toward new hearing aids. Each exchanged hearing aid will be donated to a charitable organization.

holiday hearing aid exchange

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Laser Training for Tinnitus

It sounds good, doesn’t it? This is another scam aimed at taking money from desperate people.

elderly woman - hearing careLasers are either harmless, like a laser pointer, or they damage tissue, like laser surgery. Lasers do not do anything to tinnitus. This is a scam.

There is no research behind this “treatment” and it should be avoided. It probably won’t hurt you because the laser isn’t strong enough to do damage, but it certainly can have a negative effect on your wallet.

If you are suffering from tinnitus, we can help. Through proper diagnosis and treatment, verified by many studies, we can help you. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471

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Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

Are Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids for You?

There has been a lot in the news lately about over-the-counter hearing aids. Are they for you? Possibly, but they probably aren’t your best choice.

over-the-counter hearing aidFirst, everyone needs a hearing evaluation by a licensed audiologist. Audiologists are the only hearing professionals trained to diagnose hearing loss. Occasionally hearing loss is due to wax impaction or treatable medical problems. You might not even need a hearing aid. Do you have a mild hearing loss? Moderate hearing loss? Severe hearing loss? Most people have no idea. This makes a great difference in what hearing aid is appropriate for your needs.

After you have considered all of this, and you go to the store to pick up a pair. Then what? Hearing aids are not like the reading glasses you pick up in the grocery store. You put them on and you can read the labels. I’ve done that. It works great. Hearing aids are not the same. If you can figure out how to put the store bought hearing aids on and get them to fit, then what? They haven’t been programmed for you. If they are too strong, you could damage your hearing. How do you take care of them? They seem a lot less expensive, but are they?

When I fit my patients with hearing devices, it is much more involved than just giving them to the patient. Over the first month, I see my patient several times for adjustments and counseling. The key to success with hearing devices is ongoing care.

My goal, for all of my patients, is that they hear the very best that they can. If you have purchased over the counter hearing aids, or ordered online and need help. We can help you.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, if you come in for a hearing consultation during the month of October, a donation will be made in your name to Women with Purpose.

Women with PurposeWomen with Purpose is a non-profit organization in Tampa Bay, that supports local families dealing with cancer by providing non-medical financial assistance for basic necessities.

Learn more about Women with Purpose on their website at: http://www.womenwithpurposefl.org/

Give us a call at 727-323-2471 to schedule your hearing consultation.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471

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iPhone or Android?

Over the last two years, most hearing aid manufacturers have come out with Bluetooth enabled hearing devices.

iphone imageThe technology has improved accessibility for hearing device wearers. With Bluetooth enabled hearing devices, you can stream calls, audiobooks, and music from you enabled cell phone.

If you are an early adaptor of technology, the iPhone is for you.

Because Apple uses a single platform, Bluetooth enabled hearing devices will work with iPhones, iPads and some other devices.

Because Android uses several different platforms, it is much more difficult to develop the technology that allows hearing device wearers to stream to an android device.

After approximately two years of hearing devices having Bluetooth ability, no hearing device manufacturer has come out with a hearing device that streams directly to an Android cell phone.

If you want to be able to take advantage of all the great abilities of today’s hearing devices, an iPhone is the better choice.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471

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Buying Hearing Aids on EBay

What could go wrong? Hearing aids are always listed for sale on EBay. If you are tempted by a “great deal”, think twice.

hearing aids on eBayA lot of the newer hearing aids that are being sold on EBay were purchased by the Veteran’s Administration, for VA patients. These hearing aids are registered in the patient’s name and are technically owned by the VA.

If you buy these hearing aids, they have no warranty because the warranty is only for the original owner. Additionally, if they need to go in for repair, the hearing aid manufacturer will keep them, because they do not belong to you.

Remember, the hearing aids are only part of the expense.

You will need to work with an audiologist to have the hearing aids programed for you and you will also need to be trained regarding proper use and care of the hearing aids.

Buyer beware. This isn’t a great deal.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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Hearing Device vs Noise Canceling Headphones

Why Isn’t Hearing Device Noise Management the Same as Noise Canceling Headphones?

I often hear from my patient’s that they still hear background noise with their hearing devices. Wouldn’t it be nice if they worked like noise canceling headphones?

Teenagers and noise exposureThere are a few things to keep in mind. Most noise canceling headphones were designed for use on airplanes. The noise on an airplane consists of constant engine noise. The sound rarely changes throughout the flight. If you wear your headphones to a restaurant, they aren’t as satisfactory.

Noise suppression in a changing noisy environment is more challenging. Yes, the noise management in hearing aids help a lot, but it cannot eliminate all background noise. If we eliminate all background noise, we remove some of the speech frequencies as well. Today’s hearing devices are designed to keep speech above background noise.

Restaurants seem to be getting louder, which doesn’t help anyone understand better. The best thing you can do, is to frequent restaurants that aren’t so loud. If you go to a restaurant that is unpleasantly loud, tell the manager why you won’t be back.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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