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HEARING AID TECHNOLOGY

 

Hearing aids have become sophisticated electronic devices that have contributed a great deal to the treatment of hearing loss. There are many hearing aids on the market today and in the past several years we have seen remarkable improvements in their quality and sound processing abilities. At the Oklahoma Ear Clinic we dispense a variety of hearing aids including digital, digitally programmable, bone conduction and power hearing aids. We also offer many assistive devices such as vibrating alarm clocks, personal FM systems, and telephone amplifiers.

Our fees include a professional fitting by an audiologist, up to a 2 year factory warrant, a 30 day trial period, counseling and continued follow-up care.

We want our patients to enjoy wearing their hearing aids and feel good about their purchase. In an effort to provide quality control, accurate fitting, and competitive fair pricing, we have established a hearing aid program with the highest of standards. We encourage you to research new hearing aid technology and discover what these new instruments have to offer. Better hearing could be just a phone call away! For an appointment please contact the Oklahoma Ear Clinic at 405 751 7682.

We beat the competitions prices and services.

We have the highest quality care by masters degree audiologists

We have custom hearing aids from the world's best manufacturers

We have a no obligation trial period.

We have provide service and extended warranties on national brands.

WHAT KIND OF HEARING AID IS BEST FOR ME?

All hearing aids consist of a microphone, amplifier, speaker, and a battery to power them. The differences lie in the internal parts of the hearing aid (circuitry) and the way sounds are processed through them. The two main choices in purchasing a hearing aid are the style (the shape of the hearing aid) and the type of technology (traditional, programmable or digital), both of which affect the price of the device.

TRADITIONAL (single band) hearing aids are quality hearing aids, they just have less options than their technologically advanced friends. They come with a variety of circuits to meet each individual's hearing needs. They have one or two controls for the audiologist to make adjustments and a volume wheel for the patient to manipulate. They perform well in quiet environments but may not always perform satisfactory in the presence of noise. We recommend these devices for people with fairly quiet lifestyles.

PROGRAMMABLE (dual band) hearing aids are sophisticated analog hearing instruments which are controlled using computer software. This allows for many adjustments and a more accurate fitting. Many of these hearing aids are available with dual programs for use in multiple listening situations. We recommend these devices for people who need to hear in a variety of listening situations but do not require the most advanced technology.

DIGITAL (multi-band) hearing aids are the most advanced technology available today. Digital Sound Processing (DSP) is used to replicate the sound instead of an analog signal. This allows for a clearer sound and many more programming options. These hearing aids provide the most accurate fitting due to multiple bands for adjustment and advanced computer software programs. Dual microphones are available on several styles to allow for better hearing in the presence of noise. We recommend these hearing aids for people with very active lifestyles and those who desire the most advanced technology.

OBTAINING A HEARING INSTRUMENT

A hearing instrument is something personal. It is adapted to your hearing impairment, the shape of your ear and in many cases to your listening preferences. Therefore, the process of obtaining a hearing instrument consists of several steps to ensure an optimum fit in all respects.

The following steps are involved in obtaining a hearing instrument:

Discovering the hearing impairment
For adults, the way to a hearing instrument fitting often begins with a feeling that one's hearing is not as it should be. This feeling may originate from situations where one has to ask for sentences to be repeated or when other people complain that the television is too loud while we regard it as comfortable. (For more critical situations see " Hearing test ").

A hearing loss in children may be discovered straight after birth or later on, for example, with a behavioral test or by observing language development. For more details see " Types of hearing tests for children ".

If you suspect a hearing impairment contact a hearingcare professional as soon as possible.

1 st session with the hearingcare professional: diagnosis, choice of hearing instrument
An ear physician determines with the help of a hearing test whether a hearing loss is present. If not, you won't need any further help. In case a hearing loss is present, the kind and degree of your hearing loss is determined individually for each ear and entered in an audiogram . The hearingcare professional presents you with the technological possibilities that would help in your case.

The hearing loss, the shape of your ear canals, your needs, taste and budget are all taken into account to make the right decision concerning your hearing instruments and their technology, be it an in-the-ear or a behind-the-ear-model, digital, digitally programmable, analog, with or without a remote control or FM-receiver etc.

The hearingcare professional will take an ear impression, an accurate replica of your ear canal, which is the basis for the ITE-shell (in case ITEs are used) or the BTE-earmold.

2 nd session with the hearingcare professional: fitting of hearing instrument
The hearingcare professional has prepared your new hearing instruments. He/she will fit them into your ears and tune them to your specific hearing loss and your preferences. Additionally, he/she will inform you about the handling - how to insert and operate them and how to adjust the volume. You will also become familiar with their maintenance - how to change the batteries, clean and dry the instruments, etc.. Finally, he/she might present you with some hearing examples and give you more details about the way your hearing instruments react in different situations. Now, you can return home with your new devices.

First steps with your new instrument
In the next few days you will become familiar with your new hearing instruments as you wear them for a few hours each day. Probably the easiest way to get to know and appreciate your new hearing instruments is to wear them in familiar surroundings. Get to know their characteristics when you speak to somebody and while you watch television etc. Your own voice might sound strange to you, possibly louder. If the loudness of other voices is appropriate, you might simply have learned to speak up in order to be able to hear your own voice at all. Practice speaking with a softer voice.

Once you have become accustomed to the hearing instruments you will have an idea as to what could still be improved. You might want to have certain settings changed. Make a note of the situations which you think could be improved and visit your hearingcare professional who will fine-tune your hearing instruments accordingly.

3 rd session with the hearingcare professional: Fine-tuning
Your hearingcare professional will fine-tune your instruments according to your experiences. He/she will also answer some of your questions and give you general advice. Your hearing instrument now should have reached the stage where it is comfortably worn and offers the best possible intelligibility.

Long-term use
Continue to use your hearing instruments on a daily basis for several hours. In this way you will learn to use them best and benefit from them the most. Your hearing will be "trained" by the newly audible sounds and remains active, preventing a deterioration of the links between inner ear and brain. You will also find out whether you would benefit from any complementary devices such as an FM system which would give you additional support in difficult situations with noise, reverberation or distance or make watching television and making phone-calls easier.

Whenever you have questions do not hesitate to contact your hearingcare professional who will be happy to assist you.

Oklahoma Audiology & Hearing Aid Center prices include the following:

  • Hearing Aid with warranty up to 2 years
  • Local Professional Services and Fitting Fees which includes
    • Hearing Test*
    • Hearing Aid Recommendation
    • Ear Impressions
    • Delivery & Programming
    • Counseling
  • 1 Full Year of Local Service
    • Adjustments & Reprogramming
    • Cleanings
    • Service
  • Low Price Guarantee *
  • 30 Day Home Trial Period
  • Payment Plans are Available

Call 405 751-7682 for a Free Phone Consultation to see
if hearing aids may be right for you?

*Hearing Test is included in most cases; however, Medicare & Insurance Laws mandate that Audiologists currently billing insurance MUST bill in all cases. You may be asked to show your insurance card. Expected hearing test costs range from $50-$80.

LOW PRICE GUARANTEE

If you find a hearing aid for a lower price advertised at a local clinic, we will match that price and give you an extra one year of free cleaning and adjusting on your aid. Also, we will refund the difference if you find a lower price within 30 days after you make your purchase. We will even refund the difference if we lower the price at Oklahoma Audiology & Hearing Aid Center . You MUST contact us to receive the refund!!!!

Rules
The hearing aids must be the same brand, model, and size that are on our website AND the site or clinic at which you find the lower price cannot be a site based out of the United States . Local Service, which refers to a location in the same metropolitan area and/or within a reasonable distance of our Local Provider, and Fitting Fees (if any) will be included when calculating the price difference.

To receive your refund
Contact your Hearing Consultant at 405 751 7682.If you obtained the lower price from a local clinic, you must provide us written proof of the lower price (such as a quote form or price sheet). Then we will verify the lower price & give you the discount.

Please note that this offer is valid for 30 days after you make your purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Aids and Other Assistive Devices

HOW DO I ORDER A HEARING AID?
Following a complete audiological evaluation, it will be determined if a patient is a candidate for hearing aids. If you are a candidate, the next step is to schedule an appointment to learn about the different technology and styles of hearing devices. At this appointment our audiologist will review the choices with you, recommend the appropriate device (s) for your hearing loss, and help you make an informed decision. Next, silicone molds of your ear will be taken and custom hearing aids will be ordered.

DO I NEED ONE HEARING AID, OR TWO?
If you have hearing loss in both ears, the audiologist will suggest that you will hear best with two hearing aids. There are many reasons that two hearing aids are better than only one:

· better understanding when competing noise is present

· better sound localization

· better sound quality

· smoother tone quality

· wider range of hearing

· less tiring, therefore, makes listening a more pleasant experience

· creates a feeling of balance

· more comfortable when loud noises occur

· provides a natural "boost" of sound when the brain receives information from both ears.


DO HEARING AIDS COME WITH A GUARANTEE?
Our hearing aids come with up to a two year general repair warranty with loss and damage coverage the first year. All hearing aid repairs and adjustments will be made at our office free of charge while the warranty is in effect. This does not cover your annual hearing evaluations. Repairs & adjustments which occur while the hearing aid is out of warranty will incur a charge.

WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY NEW HEARING AIDS?
At the hearing aid fitting appointment you will receive your new hearing instruments. We will provide extensive counseling of the use, maintenance and warranty of your new hearing aids as well as giving you appropriate expectations regarding the performance of your device. Additional testing may also be performed depending on the technology of the hearing aid purchased. Payment in full must be made at this appointment when the hearing aids are fit.


DO I GET A TRIAL PERIOD WITH THE NEW HEARING AIDS?
You will have a thirty (30) day trial period beginning on the date you receive your hearing aids. If you are not completely satisfied with your hearing aids during the trial period, a refund of the purchase price will be made minus a charge of $100 for time. This charge covers our time and cost. We encourage you to give hearing aids a discriminating look and an appropriate trial. When a custom ear mold is needed we are unable to refund these charges.