- Hearing Loss Check List
- Tips For The Family
- Listening Strategies
- Ear Anatomy
NEW ECONOMY OPEN FIT ONLY $495!
We are proud to introduce our lowest price new Economy Open Fit Hearing Aids for only $495 each! In one of our most popular hearing aid styles, the Economy Open Fit is a high quality digital hearing aid that fits neatly behind the ear with only a thin clear tube in your ear canal. It's comfortable, easy to operate and nearly invisible. Now, it's also very affordable!Features Include:
- Four Digital Channels for Precise Programming
- Three Programmable Memories for Customized Settings
- Directional Microphone with Noise Reduction
- Three Step Antiphase Feedback Cancellation
- Compatible with Cell Phones & Looping Systems
- 2 Year Warranty
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|What type of credentials do the health care providers at Mid-America hold?||Mid-America Hearing Centers is staffed by Hearing Instrument Specialists who are licensed by the state of Missouri, and some of whom are nationally Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences.|
|How soon can I get my hearing aids?||We offer same day service at our facilities on most hearing aid models.|
|Can I send you an audiogram and order a hearing aid by mail?||No. Selling hearing aids by mail is against the law in the State of Missouri.|
|Why are your hearing aids so much less expensive than other brands?||We have an in-house laboratory at each location where we assemble our own hearing aids. This eliminates a major expense that is normally built into the price of most other hearing aids.|
|Can your hearing aids filter out background noise?||No. No one can make a hearing aid that can do that. However, they do bring your volume level back up to an audible range in the frequency range related to speech. This enables you to hear sounds more easily.|
|How long do hearing aids last?||According to the FDA, the realistic life expectancy of most hearing aids is three to five years. During this time, you can expect to repair the hearing aid at least twice.|
|What is the warranty on your hearing aids?||Most of our hearing aids have a two year warranty that covers parts and labor. All our OPEN-FIT hearing aids have a 2 year warranty.|
|What forms of payment and discounts do you offer?||Payment for all goods and services are due at the time of your appointment. We do take cash, checks, and the major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express). We also offer Care Credit applications. We do take AARP and HearUSA discounts.|
|What are your hours of operation?||We are open Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We are closed most major holidays.|
HEARING LOSS SELF-CHECK LIST
Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation in a crowded room or restaurant?
Do you frequently ask people, especially women or children, to speak up or repeat themselves?
Do you find yourself turning one ear toward a speaker to hear better?
Do you find it difficult to hear when speaking on the phone?
Do you turn the volume of the TV up louder than others need it?
Do you find that it is necessary to sit up front in church or an auditorium to hear?
Do your friends or family comment on your inability to hear?
If you answered "Yes" to one or more of these questions, you might have a hearing loss.
TIPS FOR THE FAMILY OF A PERSON WITH A HEARING IMPAIRMENT
|1. Don't Shout||This distorts your voice. Face the listener and talk in a normal voice, at close range.|
|2. Distance||Persons with a hearing impairment cannot hear, or they experience difficulty in understanding your words. If you speak the same words in a normal voice when close to the listener, he will usually understand. The greater the degree of hearing impairment, the closer you have to be to the listener.|
|3. Direction||Some persons with hearing loss have difficulty determining the direction from which sound is coming. This is especially true if the hearing in the two ears is different. If he calls you and asks, "Where are you?" never answer "here". Instead, say the specific place, such as, "In the kitchen!" Remember, the best communication will occur when the listener is able to see your face.|
|4. Understanding Speech||Often listeners with hearing impairments will note that they can hear, but can't make out the words. Sometimes family members will complain that he "hears when he wants to". This occurs because, for most people with a hearing impairment, their hearing is normal for some frequencies, but not for all frequencies. So, he may hear and not understand. Or, depending on the amount of noise, he may not hear you at all. If the person with the hearing impairment does not understand what you've said, DO NOT REPEAT THE SAME WORDS. Instead try re-wording the sentence.|
|5. Self Monitoring||If the person with a hearing impairment cannot determine the volume of his own voice, tell him tactfully when he is speaking too loudly or too softly.|
|6. Don't Call||Persons with a hearing impairment often don't respond to being "called to". In order to get their attention come close to them and mention their name or touch them.|
|7. Noise||Some rooms are noisier than others. Appliances, such as a dishwasher, microwave oven, air conditioner and of course TV and radio make listening to conversation more difficult. When possible, try to move away from noise sources or turn down the TV or radio during conversation. Many people with hearing impairment have great difficulty hearing outside because sound is freely dispersed.|
|8. Lip Reading||Never speak with your hand in front of your face. Also do not talk with something in your mouth such as food or a cigarette.|
|9. Fatigue||A person with a hearing impairment must work harder to take part in a conversation as effectively as a normal hearing person. Not surprisingly, he or she often will not hear as well as usual when tired or ill.|
EFFECTIVE LISTENING STRATEGIES
|1. Distance||Get closer to the talker both in individual and group/audience situations.|
|2. The Better Ear||If you hear better in one ear, or if you wear only one hearing aid, direct your better/aided ear toward the speaker. When several people are talking, direct your better/aided ear to the speaker of the greatest interest.|
|3. Noise||Keep away from noise sources as much as possible when trying to listen. Noise sources include: fans, vents, motors, open windows, TVs, radios, dishwashers, etc. If noises can't be avoided, reduce them as much as possible. Turn down the TV or radio before engaging in conversation. The quieter the environment, the better the communication.|
|4. Watch Faces||Arrange your position so you can see the speaker's face and so the light is on the speaker's face rather than in your eyes.|
|5. Tell People About Your Hearing Loss||If they know about the loss and the limitations of your hearing aid(s), they may be asked reasonably to speak more slowly and distinctly or to provide necessary repetition.|
|6. Context||Use your knowledge of language and situations to help you deduce what is being said without having to hear every word and sound. Focus on the main idea and concept rather than isolated words.|
|7. Realistic Expectations||Know the limits of what you can hear in situations normally encountered. You must work harder than a normal hearing listener to take part in conversation. When you are tired or ill, you will not perform as well as when you are well rested.|
|8. Relax!||You communicate better when you are not tense.|