Hearing Aids Can Help
Today’s state-of-the-art, high performance hearing aids are sophisticated, sleek and effective electronic instruments that help you stay connected to the important sounds, activities and people in your life.
There are many different kinds of hearing aids with unique features and looks to suit your specific hearing loss, listening environments, lifestyle and budget. Virtually invisible, hearing aids are digital, wireless compatible – and can connect directly to your smartphone, MP3 or television, at volumes just right for you. They automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes – allowing to hear from all directions, in all sorts of sound environments, and some are even splash proof.
Consult your Hearing Instrument Practitioner to find out which hearing aid is right for you.
Most people do not realize how easy it is to get a hearing evaluation by a Hearing Instrument Practitioner or straightforward and quick a hearing evaluation can be. In fact, most Hearing Instrument Practitioners provide free basic hearing (healthcare) screenings.
The first step is simply finding a SHIPS Hearing Instrument Practitioner near you. Ask family members, friends or colleagues for recommendations; speak with your family doctor; search the yellow pages or online directories; or Find a Hearing Instrument Practitioner here.
The hearing evaluation has the basic components:
You’ll answer questions about your hearing and general health;
You’ll be given a series of sound prompts played for over specially designed headphones while you are seated in a glassed soundproof booth. The Hearing Instrument Practitioner will communicate with you through the headphones to determine if you are hearing different types of sounds and words at different volumes within a range of soundscapes.
If the Hearing Care Professional finds that you do have a hearing loss and recommends hearing aids, there is absolutely no need to make a decision right away. Think about it; discuss it with your family Doctor. In some cases, the Hearing Instrument Practitioner may recommend that you see your family Doctor and/or an ENT (ear, nose and throat specialist).