Resolved: I will Hear Just Fine in 2009

Wednesday - January 28, 2009

Modern hearing aids are virtually invisible.

Good hearing is essential to the full enjoyment of life. Unfortunately, 1 in 8 people in Hawaii have some degree of correctable hearing loss. That makes hearing loss our third most chronic health condition. Arthritis and high blood pressure are numbers one and two. Most of us don’t realize how much even a small hearing problem adversely effects our lives and the lives of those around us.

You or a loved one may have a hearing loss if:

* People have to repeat what they say

* You need the TV volume higher than others

* Certain voices are more difficult to understand

* Background noise increases hearing difficulty

* You don’t hear well on the phone

* You seem to hear but don’t always understand all the words

* You have ringing sounds in your ears.

How to get Started

Not everyone with a hearing loss needs a hearing aid. You should begin with an accurate hearing evaluation. A simple audiometric test will measure your hearing. A video ear scan will indicate the condition of your ear drum and show if there is any blockage in the ear canal. You can see it yourself on a TV monitor. Your hearing difficulties could be due to ear wax build-up. Ohana Hearing Care provides this valuable service ( a $150.00 value) free of charge for adults 18 years or older. Call 593-2137 for an appointment. The results of the evaluation will indicate if you will benefit from a hearing aid as well as how much improvement you can expect.

The Best Hearing Aid Brand

There are about 23 hearing aid manufacturers worldwide. Fewer than ten actually do research and design. Many seemingly different brands are actually the same hearing aids using different names. That is why it is essential to consult with an ethical and knowledgeable hearing health care provider. The cost for the same hearing aid model may be double simply because of the brand name of the product.

What features should I look for?

Modern digital hearing aids offer many features that can be customized for your individual hearing needs and lifestyle. Here is a partial list:

Directional microphones: Help you to understand conversation better in noisy places by focusing on the speaker in front of you.

Noise reduction: Helps reduce background noise to enable you to understand better.

Multiple programs or memories: Enables you to control certain amplification aspects for better performance in different listening situations. Some devices do this automatically.

Feedback Canceling: Eliminates the annoying acoustic feedback or whistle associated with ordinary hearing aids. This feature is essential for telephone use.

Don’t Play the “Waiting Game”

We see many people who postpone getting a hearing aid because, in their opinion, they “just miss some words”. Our free hearing check-up is the best way to determine whether or not you should consider trying a hearing. Clinical studies indicate that early detection and treatment of hearing loss is the best thing to do. Our new open fit technology offers a comfortable, affordable and virtually invisible solution for mild to moderate hearing difficulties. We have hearing solutions like no other. Perhaps that is why more doctors recommend Ohana Hearing Care.

New Technology is Much Improved

There have been tremendous advances in technology in the past few years. If your hearing present hearing aids are more than two years old, you should be able to obtain many benefits by “trading -up” to new technology. More clarity, better understanding in noise and more natural sound and comfort are only a few reasons to try a new hearing aid. Ohana Hearing Care offers all major brands and a 45 day home trial.

Low Price Guarantee

Hearing aids have a wide price range. Style, brand name and technology are some of the reasons for this price difference. Ohana Hearing Care clients have the assurance of our written low price guarantee. Yes, that includes the “big box” stores too. Since Ohana offers all major brand names you can count them to recommend the best solution for your individual hearing needs, your lifestyle and your budget. All Ohana services are provided in a state-of-the-art, friendly and professional atmosphere.

If you have a question, you can email us anytime at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You will receive a prompt answer. You also may wish to get a free copy of the new booklet “Coping With Hearing Loss”. It offers practical tips on dealing with hearing problems for you and those close to you. Call 593-2137 to have it mailed to you. Better yet call today for an appointment. You, and those who care about you, will be glad you did.




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