Recent studies have shown that consistent use of hearing instruments can slow the progression of hearing loss and keep the auditory pathways to the brain healthy. Many studies have shown that hearing aids can help reduce the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s (see Uhlmann, et al., 1989). Stimulation of the auditory pathways can improve auditory processing skills in children and adults.
Today’s advanced hearing instruments are generally available in a package of hearing assistance technologies which wirelessly allow you to access your phone, stream your tunes, connect to your TV or computer for binaural or stereo listening which is shaped to your specific hearing levels. This is done with Bluetooth or proprietary wireless algorithms that can improve your access to language, even in adverse listening environments, such as across a dining table, at a sporting event, across a putting green, etc. In some cases, use of a tiny “remote” microphone can be used by you or your communication partner to expand your listening bubble or distance up to 60 feet.
If you would like to hear better, and you’re ready to pursue hearing technologies, you will be glad to know that hearing instruments have improved tremendously over the past several years. They are small, discreet, and generally quite comfortable and natural sounding.
Hearing aids are designed to improve hearing within a conversational space of about six to ten feet, or one’s “communication bubble”. That’s because, even with all the advancements in noise reduction circuits, adaptive directional or beam-forming microphones, digital compression, etc., they still rely on surface microphones which depend on the laws of physics (create a hyperlink to the inverse square law) to pick up and manipulate sound.
Anderson Audiology Consulting and Hears2U! MN operate on a fee-for-service basis. Payment is due at the time of service. We do not bill insurance companies; we will provide billing and diagnosis codes which you can submit to your insurance companies when allowed.
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You are the best judge of your hearing and listening needs. You will be asked to complete a normed self-assessment tool such as the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (APHAB) to help predict whether you are a good candidate for hearing aids. After you have worn hearing aids for forty-five days, you will be asked to take a post-fitting APHAB to help determine the degree of benefit you are experiencing. The Client Oriented Scale of Improvement (COSI) is another goal-setting tool which may be used to identify your listening needs and later rate or validate the amount of improvement you are experiencing. Various live speech tests may be used to objectively validate the effectiveness of your hearing aids or HATs. These might include word recognition (discrimination), Functional Listening Evaluation (FLE), Ling Sounds, etc.
We routinely utilize “real-ear” measurements, called “Speech Mapping”, to verify your hearing aids are giving you access to speech as needed. An Audioscan Verifit system is used.