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The health of your hearing is critical to enjoy your surroundings and your life in general. If you’re concerned about your own hearing health, it may be time for a hearing aid evaluation.
Learn more about Michigan Avenue Hearing Health’s hearing aid evaluation and broader communication needs assessment below, or schedule an appointment now to speak with one of our highly qualified hearing specialists.
What is a Hearing Aid Evaluation & Assessment?
A hearing aid evaluation is the first step to help patients hear better again.
The hearing aid evaluation from Michigan Avenue Hearing Health will assess how well you hear speech at low and high volumes and measures what level of sound is comfortable or too loud.
The typical evaluation includes an in-depth hearing needs assessment to determine your specific communication requirements, your preferred style of hearing aid, and the features and technology necessary to address your hearing issues. There’s also a live demonstration of amplification in order to select the most appropriate hearing instrument/solution for your individual needs.
Do I Need a Hearing Aid Evaluation?
Michigan Avenue Hearing Health recommends a hearing aid evaluation depending on the the results of your hearing test. If your hearing test indicates that hearing aids may help, the next step is a hearing aid evaluation.
Many people lose their hearing as they get older, or because they are exposed to loud noise at work, home or events. But hearing aids can improve your quality of life by improving your hearing at home, at work and at play. If you have ever felt embarrassed, frustrated or upset because you were struggling to hear, it is time to be evaluated for hearing aids.
Maintaining good hearing health is important for good communication with friends, family, and co-workers, however ignoring your hearing problem can cause a decline in your quality of life and affect your health and well being.
Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline
It is now well known that untreated hearing loss can cause depression, withdrawal, and memory issues. Studies have shown a link between hearing loss and dementia. However, there is hope. Hearing loss is a potentially modifiable risk factor for dementia according to the Lancet Commission, 2017. Hearing loss treated with hearing aids have now been shown to improve brain function and encourage socialization which can reduce depression and isolation. Hearing loss is treatable. Hearing aids can improve your risk for dementia.
Style of Hearing Aids
One of the main reasons people hesitate to get a hearing test or hearing aid evaluation is because they don’t want to wear hearing aids if it is determined that they need this assistance.
Fortunately, hearing aids come in all shapes, colors, styles and technology levels so you are guaranteed to find a product that matches your needs and expectations.
Hearing aids can fit behind the ear with a speaker that fits into the ear or they can be customized to fit all inside the ear. The results of the hearing test and the physical shape and health of an individuals ear will help to determine what style might be best for you.
A hearing aid is a sophisticated device that contains a miniature digital CPU (computer chip) and consists of a microphone, amplifier, and receiver. They are designed to enhance sounds from the environment which are filtered through a series of processors to provide the best signal possible.
Features of Today’s High Tech Hearing Aids
Hearing aids have the capability today to automatically analyze the environment and make appropriate adjustments to the hearing aid based on the listener’s environment. Hearing aids also have the following capabilities:
- Rechargeable technology with lithium ion batteries for a quick charge that lasts all day and night
- Smart phone connection for discreet remote control of hearing aids to adjust the volume, microphone directionality, and even the tone or pitch of the hearing aids.
- Direct Smart phone connection to hearing aids in order to wirelessly stream phone calls (hands free) or music, or podcasts.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be built into hearing aids with fall detection and heart rate tracking and language translation.
- Volume control, program button, and telecoil features to fine tuning hearing aids, improve signal from phone calls or connect to a looped venue to send the signal directly to your ears via your hearing aids.
- Sound generator option for tinnitus relief.
At Michigan Avenue Hearing Health we will help you sort through the many options available in hearing aids so that you can make an informed educated decision in an unhurried relaxed and supportive environment.