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Hearing loss takes on many forms, and our clinicians will explain the results of your tests.
Should you need hearing aids, your clinician will take custom ear impressions for use in fitting custom-made receivers for ultimate comfort. Your ear canals sweat the about as much as your forehead and produce a substance called cerumen (ear wax).
To schedule an appointment, we invite you to call 1-800-991-HEAR or find the office closest to you on the right side of this page.
Submit this form and we will call to schedule a day & time, or call any office to make an appointment. Personal care and attention: Any office can claim to offer a higher level of care, but it's difficult to confirm until you experience it for yourself. The AARP - The number one thing to remember is that the value you get out of your hearing aid is based on the skills and abilities of the audiologist. New England Journal of Medicine - Physicians often refer patients to an audiologist because they are better educated in the fitting and adjustment of hearing aids. The Food and Drug Administration - Hearing aids need to be fitted by someone trained specifically in hearing problems. Click here to email our patient-care office with questions regarding hearing health and Hearing Solution's services. NewSound Hearing Aid Centers of Pearland has been providing solutions for people suffering from tinnitus and hearing loss since opening in April, 2012. Our dedicated staff provides a wide variety of services to meet the needs of hearing loss patients. We are highly invested in our patients, and we look forward to making a positive impact in our surrounding community. Unlike eyesight, when hearing goes, people are in less of a hurry to do something about it — with many waiting five to seven years before finally seeking treatment. Remember, you truly can make a difference in helping your loved one reconnect with the world around them. Last month, we discussed how people with hearing loss learn to cope with their hearing impairment. Although each person goes through their own process of coming to terms with hearing loss, there are generalities that can be made about people’s coping strategies.
As you read the coping styles of spouses (or other family members), see if you can find yourself (or someone you love) in one of these groups.
Criticizer – When there is a hearing loss within a relationship, there is bound to be breakdowns in communication. This spouse will criticize the hard of hearing individual for the breakdown by saying something like “You never listen to me!” or “You don’t pay attention when I’m talking.” Taking part of the responsibility for breakdowns or admitting the fact that communication is a two-way street never occurs to the Criticizer. Spouses also have an IN TRANSITION stage which would include those who know their relationship is changing because of hearing loss and are doing their best to learn how to cope with this adjustment.
And staying connected is critical to our emotional, social, mental and physical well-being. Despite progress, the idea of wearing hearing aids still carries a lot of stigma for some people. If hearing instruments help you function more easily, more like a normal hearing person, for all intents, the stigma is removed.
An alarming 1.4 million children in this country have a hearing loss which affects their ability to learn and do well in school. When a family member begins to lose his hearing, it affects everyone, but especially the people closest to him.
For many men, especially those who served in the Armed Forces or worked around high levels of noise, the high frequency sounds are the first to deteriorate. The reason people may not notice their deteriorating hearing is that our eyes and brain compensate for this change.
The person who hears what he wants to hear is probably using all of his available brainpower on hearing. The first step is to become aware of how hard you are working to hear and understand what people are saying. One of my patients has a wife who expects him to understand everything she says because he now wears hearing aids. Both the hearing impaired person and his family need to be counseled on what to expect from wearing aids. In 1998, the National Council on Aging conducted the largest survey ever to determine the effects of hearing loss on older Americans.
In summary, the quality of their lives was compromised significantly by not getting help for their hearing loss. People who had been fitted with hearing aids were shown to have better relationships with their families, better feelings about themselves, improved mental health and greater independence and security. Seniors (ages 50 and older) who sought help for their hearing loss and had been properly fitted with hearing instruments reported better relationships at home with much less struggle. It’s sad that millions of older people let denial get in the way of treatments that could improve the quality of their lives. The average American waits seven to ten years before getting the help they need for their hearing loss.
Each and every person has to go through their own individual process of dealing with hearing loss. As you read the coping styles of people with hearing loss, look to see which coping strategies you (or a loved one) use.
Passive – The Passive realizes that he has a hearing loss and that he could probably do something about it. Dependent – When this hard of hearing person can’t hear or understand what is being said, he depends on his spouse or another family member to speak up for him. Criticizer – This person is good at blaming others for his inability to hear and understand. Resigned – This person has accepted the fact that he has a hearing loss but is resigned about it.
Strategizer – This person takes responsibility for his hearing loss and strives to do all he can to make communication as easy as possible for his family and friends. Activist – Not only does this person do all he can to improve his own communication abilities but he also takes action to help others with hearing loss. Remember, waiting too long to seek help is detrimental to you, your hearing health and your relationships. Then, I tested her hearing and included additional speech testing to determine how well new technology would help her hear better. On two occasions, she had received a quick, fifteen minute test and was then told to go down the hall to be fit with new hearing aids.
In spite of these experiences, she was still searching for a better solution for her hearing loss.
You can have the best technology in the world and still not do well if you are missing any part of the human element to a successful hearing aid fitting.
In the state of California, Licensed Hearing Healthcare Providers test hearing for the purpose of fitting hearing aids.
Whether you choose a licensed hearing aid dispenser or an audiologist, you want this person to be competent in two areas: people skills and technical knowledge. Secondly, the provider must demonstrate a high degree of technical expertise during the testing and follow-up care.
The care and attention you receive during the initial appointment is often indicative of how you will be treated after the fitting.
When you have a legitimate complaint, you want to feel confident that the provider will know what to do to help you. No matter what type of hearing loss you have, you must want to hear better and be willing to go through some changes. Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and compassion, and be informed when having a hearing test.


The most important thing is that you feel comfortable with the test, and how the test results are explained to you.
In the adult population, there are more individuals with high-frequency hearing loss than any other type of loss. As one’s hearing loss slowly progresses, the eyes and brain compensate for the deficit.
With the help of the eyes, the brain pieces together the missing information, trying to make sense of the conversation. If you’re tired of smiling and faking it, if people seem to mumble, if you hear but don’t understand, learn all you can about gradual hearing loss, now. If you’re ready for a replacement, or you’ve never had a hearing aid, we offer a complete FREE evaluation to find out what we can do for You!
Watch and listen to several video testimonials of our patients telling their stories about hearing loss, hearing aids and how we helped them hear better.
If your clinician determines hearing aids are the best option for you, a thorough treatment plan will be discussed.
Please let the clinician know if tinnitus is a problem for you; additional testing can be performed to identify the loudness and frequency of your head noise for use in a treatment plan to reduce or eliminate this sensation. Then, using Real Ear measurement, your prescription will be programmed into each instrument for your left and right ear.
The outcome depends on both your choice of hearing aid and the ability of the provider to fine-tune the device. These vendors often offer a lower price, but it's important to note that how well a hearing aid performs depends on both the device and how accurately the device has been programmed.
An audiologist is a hearing health professional who specializes in evaluation and rehabilitation of hearing loss.
We are able to provide our new patients with hearing tests, ear canal exams and comprehensive hearing evaluations.
Not true — less than 20 percent of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss during physicals. The fact is, studies have linked untreated hearing loss to stress, depression, social rejection, increased risk to personal safety, reduced earning power and more. Within the first 30 days of your fitting, the dispenser must adjust or replace your hearing instruments, or refund your money if the fitting cannot be adjusted to meet your hearing needs.
If you can laugh and take little mistakes in stride, you can reduce embarrassment for yourself and others as well. No one wants to wear hearing aids but they certainly can improve speech and enrich the quality of your relationships and your general well being. Answering phones, making appointments, interpreting conversations are all taken on as accepted responsibilities. The hard of hearing individual, after all, is the person with a problem and that is who needs to learn to cope with it.
The main concern is how this individual’s life has changed because the spouse has a hearing loss. As our country’s largest population segment, baby boomers now make up a huge part of Americans with hearing loss. Due to the gradual nature of most hearing losses, the person suffering from the hearing loss is often the last to know about it. They may have perfectly normal hearing for low-pitched sounds, but have a considerable loss for high-pitched speech sounds such as t, f, s, and th. In fact, you only need to hear about 25% of speech sounds in order to follow most of a conversation.
It consumes enough power to light a 20-watt light bulb, and even more when you are forced to really concentrate. If you can’t sit back and relax when following conversations, you need to learn the truth about your hearing.
Hearing instruments enhance or stimulate what’s left of the hearing but cannot restore the hearing that has been lost. They also need to be taught on how to communicate effectively to reduce misunderstandings that hearing loss can cause in a marriage. Putting off learning about your hearing loss and what can be done to help can be detrimental to any follow-up rehabilitation. Use the extra brain power to enjoy being with family and friends, not for deciphering chopped up speech sounds. But hearing instruments can bring back many of the speech sounds, making it easier to be part of conversation.
I find it sad and ironic that at a time in one’s life when things should be getting easier, people with untreated hearing loss and their family members actually end up struggling more. They also reported improved feelings about themselves and a sense of independence in their social life.
If they only knew that the true cost of untreated hearing loss is so much greater than the long-term, financial investment of hearing aids. Most hearing-impaired people not using hearing aids think they don’t need them or can get by without them.
However, studies have shown that there are some generalities that can be made about people’s coping strategies. Therefore, he doesn’t have to be responsible for his loss and doesn’t have to deal with it. However, he either chooses to do nothing at all or just doesn’t get around to doing anything. He looks back on the days without hearing loss as the “good old days” and believes his life is as good as it gets. She was getting ready to invest in her fifth set of hearing instruments yes, her fifth set. I want to thank this woman for sharing her stories because she inspired me to write this month’s column. The three human elements are a completely competent and caring hearing healthcare provider, a motivated client and a supportive family member.
Many, but not all audiologists, hold two licenses — one for diagnostic testing and one for the fitting of hearing aids. It is critical that the provider understands your problems and takes the time to get to know you. A successful hearing aid fitting actually begins after the delivery of the hearing instruments. Learning to hear through new amplification averages four to six weeks but can take up to several months. To avoid this, be sure to include a family member for the entire hearing rehabilitation process. It was a hearing test…a GOOD hearing test…the kind of hearing test everyone has the right to expect.
First, a licensed hearing aid dispenser or audiologist will conduct a complete case history including a thorough lifestyle assessment to determine when and where you need to hear better.
A Speech Discrimination Test is then given to find out how well you currently understand speech.
However, if further testing is needed, a bone conduction test is done to rule out any medical problems with your ears.
A comprehensive series of speech tests should be done to determine how much hearing aids will help. A better-than-good hearing test would also include a “Speech-In-Noise” test to determine your ability to process speech in the presence of noise. So that you understand your test results, the person conducting the test should take the time to explain your hearing loss to you in an easy to understand way.
After testing is completed, you will receive a written copy of your test results to keep with your medical records. Now, if you choose to get help, your audiologist or dispenser will recommend a fitting for you and your lifestyle needs.


For many, particularly those who have worked around high levels of noise or served in the Armed Forces, high frequency hearing is the first to deteriorate.
As the hearing gradually deteriorates, your lifestyle and psychological well being may be affected.
If you can’t sit back and relax to follow conversation, you need to learn the truth about your hearing. Properly fit hearing instruments make speech sounds more audible, reducing the power drain on your brain.
But hearing instruments can bring back certain speech sounds making it easier to hear in demanding listening situations.
Whether it is the laughter of your grandchildren or understanding conversation in your favorite restaurant, you need to be able to hear to respond appropriately.
Hearing Solutions™ has many patients who have been with us over 20 years and have stayed with us because they've consistently received proper care. Because today's top brands perform so well more people make the mistake of choosing the wrong provider than the wrong hearing aid. They are required to hold a doctoral degree in audiology and to have years of clinical training before gaining their license. Some lower price providers don't offer the services of an audiologist to conduct a proper fitting, so be sure to check not only the quality of the hearing aid, but also the training and experience of the provider.
An audiologist will conduct tests and use the results to prescribe a hearing aid based on your level of hearing loss and adjust the hearing device so that you receive its maximum benefit. Regional Patient Care Coordinator Jamie Bowersox, a member of the NewSound family since 2010, is here to assist patients with their specific needs. For those currently wearing hearing aids, our skilled staff offers repairs, cleanings, fittings, battery replacement, programming and performance verification.
From frustration with having to repeat things over and over to heartbreak at seeing someone you care about isolate themselves from the people and activities they love, the negative effects of hearing loss cast a wide net.
This spouse is also aware of possible breakdowns in the communication process and develops strategies to avoid these problems. It’s worth a conversation…a conversation that could bring connection and closeness back into your relationship. Yet, as we age, we are confronted with the harsh reality that things just aren’t running as smoothly as they used to. Today we have hearing devices that fit entirely in the ear canal or blend in so well with your hair or skin, no one will even know you’re wearing them but you! They hear fine; it just sounds like people are mumbling, especially women with their higher pitched voices. With the help of the eyes, the brain pieces the missing information together trying to make sense of the conversation. Last month in the ALL EARS column, I listed simple things you both can do to make communication easier.
It compared the affects of untreated hearing loss (those who do not wear hearing aids) to treated hearing loss (those wearing hearing aids). The families of hearing aid users also reported these improvements, but even more so than the hearing aid users themselves.
More than two-thirds of the non-users surveyed said, My hearing is not bad enough or I can get along without one.
The good news is when people do seek help for their hearing loss, self esteem and confidence are quickly restored. For example, he’ll insist on going to a quiet restaurant with one other couple rather than be part of a larger group in a noisy restaurant.
Next month, you’ll have a chance to learn about the coping styles of spouses or significant others.
Should your case history or hearing test indicate a medical problem, you must be referred to a doctor for medical attention. Despite numerous hearing tests and evaluations throughout the last several years, no one had ever taken the time to truly explain Henry’s hearing loss to him or how it affected his ability to communicate with his family and friends.
Over one-third of hearing tests conducted fall within the normal range and require no further testing.
Most losses are indicative of “nerve loss”, and cannot be corrected surgically or with medicine.
Your sensitivity to loudness should also be measured because this information is needed to determine the best type of circuit or technology for your unique hearing loss. These people may have perfectly normal hearing for low-pitched sounds but have a considerable loss for high-pitched speech sounds such as t, f, s, k and th.
The other 75% of speech sounds can be inaudible, and you can still get the drift of the conversation. It actually consumes enough power to light a 20 watt light bulb, and even more when you are forced to work hard.
With the correct fitting, realistic expectations and good follow-up care along with counseling during the adjustment period, you can relax more and enjoy life! Our practice is equipped with a full-service lab to keep our patients’ hearing aids running perfectly. We also offer wax removal services, and our clinicians are able to fit patients with hard-to-fit hearing losses. Convincing a loved one to seek help is the right thing to do, but it’s not always easy.
If they don’t, you should get a second opinion and find the provider who takes the time with you. One hearing aid for a two-ear hearing loss often causes more problems than no hearing aid at all. However, it takes an incredible amount of effort to follow the conversation when certain speech sounds are missing. It is also important that she have realistic expectations of you and your hearing ability even when you are fitted with hearing instruments. Properly fitted hearing instruments make speech more audible, reducing the power drain on your brain. First, we did a Lifestyle Assessment to learn about her day-to-day requirements for hearing. They helped him in quiet listening situations but were a real bother to wear in noisy situations.
But this last time, someone actually took the time to be with Henry rather than treating him like a specimen having a test administered to him or a sales opportunity. However, it takes an incredible amount of effort to follow conversation when certain speech sounds are missing.
Using the most advanced diagnostics, our clinicians will conduct a complete auditory assessment to ensure you are hearing what you should.
We gladly accept most forms of insurance so don't forget to bring your insurance card to your appointment! Most people give up trying to understand within ten minutes, and resign themselves to not being part of the conversation.
So one day Henry put his hearing aids in a drawer and that’s where they stayed for the next five years. Free unlimited pdf search and download.Recruitment Process Data Flow Diagram Codes and Scripts Downloads Free.
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