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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Event Sept 6 – Discussion on Hearing Protection

Join us on Sept. 6, 2017 – 3:00pm – for a Discussion about Hearing Protection.

We will go over the various types of hearing protection available for different activities

noise exposure(concerts, bands, motor cycling, organized sports, mowing, shooting, etc.) and how to use them effectively.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP at 727-323-2471.

We look forward to seeing you. We will be serving light refreshments.

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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Special September Promotion

Special Promotion for the Month of September

Oticon Opn OneWhen you Purchase a pair of Oticon Opn One Hearing Aids, you will receive one free accessory (choose from a TV Adapter 3.0, Remote Control 3.0, ConnectClip, Phone Adapter, or USB Adapter) – a $225.00 value.

Call 727-323-2471 for more information.

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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How Can I Prevent Tinnitus?

Most people with tinnitus (noise in the ears) have hearing loss. Many people first notice tinnitus after attending a rock concert, loud sporting event or shooting. This is because the noise has overloaded the ears. (Just like too much sun leads to a bad sunburn). Other people develop tinnitus after working around loud noise without any hearing protection.

TinnitusThe single best thing you can do to prevent tinnitus is to wear hearing protection when you are exposed to loud noise. It is a good idea to carry a pair of disposable ear plugs in your purse or wallet, just in case.

There are apps available for smart phones that will monitor noise levels. These are helpful, if you aren’t sure how loud a venue is. Once you have an idea of how loud is too loud, it is easier to be aware of when you need hearing protection.

It is also important to remember that everyday sounds may be too loud. You should wear hearing protection when mowing the lawn or using any power tool. Using an MP3 player can also cause tinnitus. You should not use an MP3 player more than 1-2 hours per day and the volume should be set so that you can carry a conversation with the person next to you. You should never use an MP3 player to block out environmental sounds.

If you hunt, there are special devices that allow you to hear and close off when you fire your gun. If you shoot at a range, you should be wearing ear plugs and muffs.

Many people with tinnitus can be helped easily. A hearing check is the first step. 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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Hearing and E-Cigarettes

Most people are under the impression that E-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes. As far as hearing is concerned, this isn’t true.

e-cigarette and hearingThere are many chemicals in both E-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes that can lead to hearing loss. Nicotine is oto-toxic. This means that nicotine is toxic to the hair cells within the ear.

The hair cells transmit sound to the auditory (hearing) nerve. If they are damaged, you won’t hear well.

If you have chemical exposure (E-cigarettes or traditional cigarettes) and noise exposure, you are even more likely to suffer permanent changes to your hearing.

So, the best advice still stands: If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, there are treatments available to help you quit smoking. E-cigarettes aren’t safe, so if you don’t smoke, don’t start using an E-cigarette.

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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Buyer Beware: Hearing Aid Warranties Not Honored

It is easy to go online today and order hearing aids. The prices look great, but programming and service are not included in the price of the hearing aids.

hearing aidsMost hearing aid manufacturers do not want their products sold online. Hearing aids work best and provide the most benefit when they are fit by an audiologist.

To combat this practice, the manufacturers are voiding warranties on hearing aids purchased online. So, your bargain hearing aid is no great deal.

Hearing aid repairs on out of warranty aids are expensive and there is no guarantee that the manufacturer will agree to repair hearing aids that were not purchased through an authorized channel.

The ear is a very complex organ. Being fit with hearing aids is not like picking up a pair of reading glasses at the drugstore. Most successful hearing aid users require multiple visits for programming adjustments and counseling. Hearing aids are available in all price ranges, some are very inexpensive.

The key to doing well with any hearing aid, from basic to the most advanced is ongoing care.

We would be happy to help you, even if you have mail order hearing aids. My goal for all of my patients is that you hear the very best you can. Professional care is the most important aspect of hearing health.

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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