Hearing is not an all or nothing phenomenon.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are amplifiers that bring sound directly to the ear. They separate sound, mainly speech, that a person may want to hear more clearly over background noise. Research indicates that people who are hard of hearing may require and extra volume of 15 to 25 dB. ALDs are used by people with all degrees of loss from mild to profound. These users include hearing aid users and cochlear implant users as well.
You could describe ALDs as binoculars for the ears, as they stretch the ability of hearing aids or implants and increase their effectiveness.
There are three main types of ALDs, these include the FM systems that offer mobility and flexibility through a transmitter you wear on your body, infrared systems that are used primarily for television listening and entertainment, and the inductive loop systems that cans be used by non-hearing aid users through headphones, or hearing aid users through a t-coil system.
If you would like to learn more about Assistive Listening Technology please feel free to contact our offices and inquire about what we have available for you.
Things to Expect During Your First Visit to A Hearing Clinic
If it's your first time visiting a hearing clinic, it's understandable if you're a little nervous. However, there's nothing to be worried about! When you visit a hearing clinic like Thousand Islands Hearing, you'll be interacting with professionals who are dedicated to one thing: helping you hear better.
Your first visit will be an easy experience but should still be quite productive. Here's what to expect.
The Four Main Steps When You First Visit A Hearing Clinic
1 - The Interview
Before anything physical happens, you'll have an interview with a specialist. This is usually done in-person, although it might occasionally happen over the phone to save time. You'll be asked about your medical history, and about the problems you're currently having with your hearing.
If you want this to go a little more smoothly, try to think beforehand about situations where you have issues with your hearing. It can also help to bring a second party, like your spouse or a close friend, who may be able to add important information.
2 - The Physical Examination
Next, we look at your ears. We'll talk you through the various parts of your ears and how they work, while examining your ears for any physical problems that might contribute to hearing problems. This is all totally non-invasive and pain-free.
3 - The Diagnostic Tests
The next step is to evaluate how well you can hear. You'll be given a series of simple tests, usually in a sound booth, that test the range of your hearing as well as your ability to hear specific frequencies. This is just the ear equivalent to eye tests when you're getting glasses. For best results, be as honest and accurate as possible.
The results of these tests will create a map of your hearing, telling your hearing specialists what to focus on. It also becomes a roadmap to regaining your hearing!
4 - Discussing Solutions
Finally, you and your doctor will sit down and discuss potential solutions to your hearing issues. You can have a friend or partner here as well, if you like. Your treatment plan will always be entirely personalized, developed to help your specific issues as best as possible.
And that's it. One consultation can lead to radically improved hearing.
Thousand Islands Hearing
If you're suffering from hearing issues, don't let them get worse. Schedule an appointment with the Thousand Islands Hearing clinic today!