Hearing loss is a complex sensory loss that involves brain function and frequency losses specific to the individual. It’s not a simple mechanical issue that can be safely and appropriately remedied as easily as buying a pair of reader glasses at the grocery store. It can be a very complex decision according to John Hoglund who has spent 36 years in the hearing healthcare field. John and his wife Patricia are the owners of Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Centers throughout Southwest Florida. In the last readers polls from the Fort Myers News-Press and Naples News, they were again voted Southwest Florida’s Best Audiology Center, Best Tinnitus Center, and Best Place to Buy Hearing Aids. Patricia spend over a decade training people how to build hearing aids and saw firsthand the complex research and development process while working for four different hearing aid manufacturers, and this gives them an interesting perspective on the technological changes within the industry!
True hearing aids are cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They need to be custom-fitted and programmed specifically for the individual to correctly address those specific frequencies the individual has trouble hearing—and not overamplify across the board, potentially causing greater hearing damage. The Better Hearing Institute in Washington D.C (BHI) recommends people see a hearing care professional to get a full hearing evaluation and recommendations specific to their individual needs. Follow-up hearing aid adjustments and aural rehabilitation training with a hearing care professional can make or break Patient satisfaction and benefit. Aural rehabilitation training helps Patients adjust to amplification and re-learn to hear and process sounds.
Consumers need to be careful not to confuse hearing aids with commonly advertised personal sound amplifiers (PSAPs) that simply turn up the volume—sometimes to dangerously high decibel levels— across all sound frequencies regardless of the individual’s specific hearing needs.
Beyond performing a comprehensive hearing test and making an accurate diagnosis of the degree of hearing loss and cause, hearing care professionals help people weed through the multitude of technologies on the market and identify the best hearing technologies for their specific hearing and lifestyle needs. Moreover, hearing care professionals program the hearing aids to the person’s specific needs and guide the Patients in adapting successfully to the new hearing aids.
“Today’s modern programmable and wireless hearing devices have distinct advantages over hearing instruments in the past,” John pointed out. “They now self-regulate the volume and the frequency response based on the environment. Many can even be adjusted with Apps on iPhones. Patients can stream phone calls into both ears simultaneously as well as streaming music, movies, or anything else on their iPads or iPhones. Assisted listening devices allow for TV streaming so other family members can decide the volume of the TV and the hearing impaired can turn the volume to their liking through a device that streams direct audio input into the hearing aid. Advanced remote controls allow for a wide range of changes in programming or volume at the touch of a button! Many devices are virtually invisible!”
Rechargeable instruments no longer require changing of batteries. Some of the most exotic instruments have been combined to monitor a patient heartbeat, the number of steps taken throughout the day, and other “Fitbit style” information which is gathered and stored through the hearing devices. There is technology that will also alert family members automatically if patient’s fall through special fall detection software. “These are not the devices your grandfather wore”, stated Patricia!
The more complex the device however, the more the skill of the clinician becomes important. “We are blessed to employ some of the most experience clinicians in Southwest Florida to help you with selecting the features and benefits that would be most helpful for your lifestyle and pathology, with aftercare appointments strategically scheduled throughout the year to ensure you are getting the maximum benefit from your hearing Devices” John remarked. The service appointments are completely FREE of charge for an unlimited number of visits as a patient requires. “We really pride ourselves on handling complex cases such as single-sided deafness, Meniere’s syndrome, tinnitus, vertigo, and severe to profound hearing impairment! We strive to insure our Patients maximum benefit from the latest in hearing aid technologies—plus, personal coaching and follow-up visits that are invaluable in helping them make the most of their hearing aids”.
Most people with hearing loss can benefit from custom-fitted and programmed hearing aids. In fact, most people who purchased hearing aids in the last year are glad they did (91%) and say they’d recommend getting hearing aids to family members and friends (90%), BHI research shows.
To learn more, please call (239)208-0827 to schedule a COMPLIMENTARY Hearing Evaluation and Consultation!