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The Hearing Aid Problem

Finding the appropriate hearing aid can be a daunting process. An appropriately selected hearing aid is critical for an individual with hearing loss. Recent studies have shown that approximately 60% of individuals who purchase hearing aids are not fit appropriately. This means that in many situations, the hearing device sold to the individual is not even loud enough to amplify sound at particular frequencies, so that person can perceive speech more clearly; or the device is not programmed properly for that person’s hearing loss. The end result is not a good one. Usually, it ends new hearing devices and no perceived benefit. Most people in this situation end up very frustrated and give up on using hearing aids.

What is an Audiologist

There are many hearing aid stores in the area, but not all professionals fitting hearing aids have education in hearing loss. An important distinction to understand when treating your hearing loss is the difference between an Audiologist (Au.D), and a hearing instrument specialist (BC-HIS), also known as a dispenser/salesman.

An Audiologist is a degreed professional who is extensively trained at the doctorate level (8 years of education) in the science of hearing, anatomy, and physiology of the human auditory system, hearing aid amplification, technology, and programming. Hearing Instrument Specialists (dispensers/salesman) apply for a license after meeting some very basic requirements. Some Hearing Instrument Specialists dance around questions by telling people they are the same thing as audiologists or have the same certifications, but this is not true. The only educational requirement to be licensed as a hearing instrument specialist is a high school diploma. Many of these individuals have no background or experience in hearing loss and are sales driven.

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Happy Ears, Happy Life, Happy Life, Happy Wife.

At Happy Ears Hearing Center, we only employ Doctors of Audiology. We are patient focused, NOT sales focused. We work with our patients to guarantee they make the proper decisions based on their individual needs and unique hearing loss. Different people have different hearing needs. Not all individuals need the most expensive hearing aids. We work with all of the best hearing aid brands to find the best solution in the best price range for our patient’s individual needs. Happy Ears Hearing Center has a live demonstration room at each of their locations. This allows patients to test out hearing devices with accessories such as phone and TV streaming devices in noisy environments right in our office. We also offer no obligation trial hearing devices for individuals who want to test hearing products before purchasing them. This also allows patients to try hearing devices in their own everyday situations for up to a month at a time.