Treatment Process

Treatment Process

At HearLife of MN, part of our business is hearing aid sales. But when you buy a hearing aid, we don’t just hand you a piece of equipment and lead you to the door. Part of the procedure of buying hearing aids includes a full treatment plan, otherwise known as the treatment process. During this time, you will be working with your provider to help your brain adjust to the new noises it is hearing. For the purpose of this article, I will break down the treatment process into 3 pieces.

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Mild Hearing Loss

Mild Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is not a one-size-fits-all condition. Hearing loss ranges in degree from normal hearing to profound hearing loss. In between there, we have degrees of mild, moderate, and severe loss.

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What’s new in hearing aid technology?

What’s new in hearing aid technology?

Hearings aids are sophisticated digital computers that can help aid in communication if the ear is experiencing a loss of certain sounds, or a sound void. Since the advance of the digital age of hearing aids, the technology is constantly evolving to improve the overall experience for the listener. So what’s new in hearing aid technology?

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Hearing Loss: How common is it for adults?

Hearing Loss: How common is it for adults?

Chances are likely that either you or somebody you know has been impacted by hearing loss at some point in their life. Hearing loss is a condition that does not discriminate based on age, sex, or socioeconomic factors and can happen to anybody. Despite this, there are several factors that can make hearing loss more likely to occur. How common are they?

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The Importance of a Real-Ear Measurement

The Importance of a Real-Ear Measurement

Hearing aids require precision and customization to maximize results for patients. Too soft and the listener won’t benefit from wearing the instruments, but too loud and things may become too distorted or even worse, intolerable. Since each ear hears uniquely, even on the same head, we have to consider individual differences when fitting technology.

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Life After 90

Life After 90

The audiology community works with people of all ages, from newborns to grandparents. However, there is one age group that need special consideration: nonagenarians, or people living between the ages of 90 and 99. With advances in medicine, people are living increasingly longer and longer and a new and different demands arise when working with this population.

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Encouraging those we love to get the hearing help they need: Tips to being a good advocate

Encouraging those we love to get the hearing help they need: Tips to being a good advocate

According to the American Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA), hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic health condition facing older adults. Unfortunately, only about 20% of those individuals who may benefit from treatment actually seek help, and most tend to delay treatment until they are unable to communicate in even the best possible listening conditions.

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The Relationship Between Smoking and Hearing Loss

The Relationship Between Smoking and Hearing Loss

Over the past several decades, medical researchers have continued to find more health problems connected to smoking. We know that smoking can lead to lung cancer, respiratory issues, heart disease, and many other medical issues. The medical community recognized that hearing loss was also connected with smoking over 40 years ago, however details of how smoking effects hearing has only come to light in the past 15 years.

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Noise Induced Hearing Loss… How Loud is Too Loud?

Noise Induced Hearing Loss… How Loud is Too Loud?

As a child, I remember 4th of July being the best time, especially because it gave me the opportunity to play with sparklers and black cats. While playing with my sister, I lit a black cat and threw it in barely enough time. It went off very close to me, and it was LOUD. My right ear started ringing, but after a few minutes it subsided and I didn’t think much of it.

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Why You Shouldn't Wait to Treat Hearing Loss

Why You Shouldn't Wait to Treat Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a common medical condition in today’s society, so common in fact that about 20% of Americans, 48 million people, report some degree of hearing loss. Even with 1 in 5 Americans experiencing this, the average person will wait about 10 years before seeking treatment.

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The “acclimatization” period for new hearing aids: Expectations & Strategies

The “acclimatization” period for new hearing aids: Expectations & Strategies

New hearing aid patients often report that their hearing aids sound loud, tinny, metallic, or unnatural. Although as providers we recognize these comments, we realize that these concerns will decrease with time. This process is often described as acclimatization (or an adjustment period): a reaction to amplification that occurs when the patient has become accustomed to hearing sound filtered by their hearing loss.

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Why is Aural Rehabilitation Necessary?

Why is Aural Rehabilitation Necessary?

On a daily basis I get the pleasure of improving people’s hearing so life can be more enjoyable. What’s important for one individual will be different from the next which keeps my days new and interesting. I can work with one person whose top priority is to hear better in a weekly meeting, while another’s may be hearing the birds during their daily walks. I never grow tired of finding out what truly will benefit someone’s quality of life. In my practice my typical form of treatment for a patient is the use of hearing aids and although the goal of each individual will vary, one thing that remains constant is the need for aural rehabilitation procedures in addition the hearing aid itself.

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The Importance of a Maintenance Appointment

The Importance of a Maintenance Appointment

When coming in for an appointment, whether it’s your first or you’ve been coming for years, we always stress the importance of scheduling a maintenance appointment before you leave that day. The maintenance appointment is the second phase of our treatment solutions. The first phase is getting your hearing aid(s), the second is the maintenance phase, and the third phase is when we go through the hearing test and do another deep cleaning on the hearing aids to make sure they are still working properly, adjusted correctly, and doing so without any complications or issues. This second phase is vital in extending the life of your hearing aid, making sure that each piece in these complicated devices are working up to speed.

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Three Tips For Communicating Better

Three Tips For Communicating Better

Hearing devices have come a long way in the past 15 years. The technology has become more advanced with the switch from analog to digital; features such as directional microphones, noise reduction, Bluetooth capabilities and several others help the user hear more optimally within their chosen lifestyle. Even with these advances, hearing aids are just one piece of the puzzle. It is the job of the hearing healthcare provider to program the devices for the user’s needs, but most importantly, it is up to the patient to practice effective communication strategies to be more successful with their hearing devices.

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Taking One Patient at a Time

Taking One Patient at a Time

Attending professional trainings is something that all audiologists do to continue education and maintain licensure. A recent training that I attended was great motivation to come back into my office bright and early Monday morning and spend my day helping people. This training did a great job at focusing on what patients need, not what our industry needs, and that’s to take it one patient at a time.

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Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive Listening Devices

Have you ever felt like you needed some extra help hearing in specific listening environments? This is a common concern I hear from those who haven’t tried hearing technology, and sometimes from those who are currently wearing hearing aids. With advancements in technology, there are now devices that help in both situations. From those whose only concern is hearing the TV better, to those who want to be able to understand speech in the challenging listening environments, there’s a device for you!

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The Importance of a Companion During Your Hearing Test

The Importance of a Companion During Your Hearing Test

The person coming with you, known as the companion, will be a huge help during your appointment. First, we have your companion fill out a questionnaire so we can understand their perspective of your hearing, which is very crucial to the initial appointment simply because you may not know what you’re missing. We view hearing loss as something that can affect all aspects of someone’s life: relationships, social life, work. By having someone else voice their view on what you may be missing, we can help pinpoint where we can help the most.

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