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Ask Away with Dr. Ray: I intended to ge only one hearing aid and was told I needed two. This surprised me a little. Are two hearing aids really that much better than one?

I intended to ge only one hearing aid and was told I needed two. This surprised me a little. Are two hearing aids really that much better than one?

Answer: In short, absolutely. We hear with our brains, not our ears.

The ears simply transmit sounds to the brain. The brain relies on information from BOTH ears to determine things like the direction and location. The brain also uses the input from both ears to hear better in noisy environments. If you know someone who has lost total hearing in one ear, spend some time with them. You will see that, even with one good ear, they struggle to hear in many environments. For a very small population, only one hearing aid is enough. However, for the vast majority of us, if both ears have a hearing impairment, both ears will require treatment to optimize listening performance, particularly where most …

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Ask Away with Dr. Ray: I bought hearing instruments a couple years ago, and now one doesn’t work. The cost of the repair is pretty fair, but this seems too soon. Is this normal?

I bought hearing instruments a couple years ago, and now one doesn’t work. The cost of the repair is pretty fair, but this seems too soon. Is this normal?

Answer: It is reasonable to assume that your hearing instruments will need some degree of repair or attention every 12 to 18 months.

Keep in mind that these sensitive and sophisticated devices are working 10 to 16 hours a day, every day, in a hot and humid environment on the body. They are simply bound to fail occasionally. To reduce the frequency of repairs, visit your audiologist on a regular basis (for instance, every 3 to 6 months) for preventive maintenance. At Affiliated Audiology Consultants, we are always happy to see you for a courtesy clean and check as often as needed. This is our service to you to ensure your devices are working at their optimal performance.

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Ask Away with Dr. Ray: Why are there such large differences in hearing aid prices?

Why are there such large differences in hearing aid prices?

Answer: Hearing aids are manufactured in a wide range of technologies. In fact, there are more than 1,200 models to choose from — from the least sophisticated (and least expensive) to the most sophisticated (and most expensive).

Some companies choose to dispense low-cost retail technology, and other companies choose to ensure their clients have access to the full line of available products. Keep in mind that one company’s premium hearing instrument might be a midline instrument at another company. It is important to find an audiologist that has access to ALL technologies, from the least sophisticated to the most. This way your hearing needs, lifestyle, and budget can all be considered and addressed. At Affiliated Audiology Consultants, we strive to personalize each and every patient’s hearing solution because no two patients have the same hearing loss, lifestyle, or listening needs.

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Ask Away with Dr. Ray: There are times when I miss parts of what has been said. What is happening?

There are times when I miss parts of what has been said. What is happening?

Answer: You’ve given the perfect example of a Sound Void®, which is defined as a moment lacking in clarity in hearing or understanding. It can also be described as an empty space in one’s life caused by the absence of sound clarity.

The term “Sound Void” was created by AudigyCertified™ practices to help explain the gaps some individuals experience in their day-to-day listening lives. Sound Voids usually occur in specific listening situations where a person’s hearing difficulties do not permit them to detect or understand important sounds and speech cues. However or wherever you experience them, Sound Voids can detract from a desired lifestyle.

As an AudigyCertified practice, we have the education, experience, training, and access to the world’s most advanced hearing technology to provide you with the best possible solution to Sound Voids…because hearing …

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Ask Away with Dr. Ray: Dear Dr. Ray, why should someone choose an AudigyCertified™ practice for their hearing care needs?

Dear Dr. Ray, why should someone choose an AudigyCertified™ practice for their hearing care needs?

Answer: Deciding whom to see is the most important decision someone with hearing difficulties can make. This is because of the huge differences in the amount of education, qualifications, and experience among the variety of people employed in the field of hearing health care.

For example, Audigy Group — the nation’s largest member-owned association of independent hearing care professionals — has interviewed 5,000 of the 18,000 audiologists in the United States yet has chosen just over 250 to be members in this exclusive organization. AudigyCertified practices have the country’s most experienced practitioners of hearing and diagnostic services.

As an AudigyCertified practice, my patients are assured they will always receive expert advice, extraordinary technology, and excellent service. This adds up to nothing less than exceptional value…because hearing is a wonderful gift!

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