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Does Low Cost Have to Mean Low Quality?

11/20/18 10:35 AM / by Adam Dawson posted in Hearing Aids

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When a patient is tested for hearing loss, and the results indicate that they need hearing aids, the first question they will likely ask you is “how much are they going to cost?” Unfortunately, many hearing aid models aren’t cheap and most health insurance companies don’t cover them. However, there are low-cost options that can be considered, and there will be even more once OTC hearing aids arrive in 2020.

Of course, with these low-cost options comes another common question. “Will the cheaper hearing aids still effectively help me hear better?”

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Smart Home Technology for People with Hearing Loss

11/6/18 11:19 AM / by Adam Dawson posted in Technology, Hearing Aids

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Good news! Advancements in technology have made it possible for your patients with hearing loss to optimize their homes for their condition. This means no more missing an important phone call, an in-home emergency, or a ringing doorbell because of their deafness. Smart home accessories can connect to Oticon Opn™ hearing aids to help your patients vastly improve their quality of life.

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All About Bluetooth Hearing Aids

10/23/18 2:10 PM / by Adam Dawson posted in Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids give your patients the ability to lead as quality of a life as possible, allowing them to more easily partake in conversations, watch television, and be aware of environmental hazards. That’s all great, but when they come to you upset that they can’t listen to their earbuds while exercising, what is your response?

Until recently, there was no good solution to this dilemma. Now, however, you can introduce your patients to Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids.

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What's The Deal With OTC Hearing Aids?

10/3/18 9:24 AM / by Adam Dawson posted in Hearing Aids

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As we get older, we unlock more of life’s experiences. At 16, you can get your license and hit the open road. At 21, you can legally patron bars and consume alcoholic beverages. For now, you can start collecting Social Security at age 62. And right around the same time, you become a much-desired target for anyone selling hearing aids.

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Helping Patients Feel Better About Their Hearing Aids

7/25/18 1:31 PM / by Adam Dawson posted in Hearing Aids

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Coping with life’s challenges is never easy, especially if they involve a physical limitation like losing one’s hearing. For many patients with hearing loss the reaction could be fear, as in wanting to escape the situation, or shame, as in wanting to hide from it.

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How to Convince Your Patients to Wear Hearing Aids

2/15/18 1:52 PM / by e3 Diagnostics posted in Hearing Aids

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As a hearing aid dispenser, you work is highly important. Unfortunately, as with most professions in the medical world, sometimes you have to deliver bad news to your patients. When people come to you, they're likely aware that their hearing isn't as clear as it should be — otherwise, they wouldn't have sought your assistance in the first place. But just because somebody is fully aware things could be better, it doesn't make it any easier to hear the news: you need to wear a hearing aid.

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Real Ear Measurement Can Make a Real Difference

10/6/17 3:13 PM / by Greg Ollick Sr., M.A. posted in Real Ear Measurement, Hearing Aids

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I have been involved with real ear measurement (REM) since it was first introduced in the late 1980s. Certainly hearing aids and measurement systems have come a long way since then. Today we are seeing many dispensing clinics make real ear measurement the center of the practice. Let me share with you some of the ways that REM can make a real difference in your practice (pun intended).

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Setting Your Private Practice Apart from Your Competitors

9/22/17 11:06 AM / by Adam Dawson posted in Private Practice, Hearing Aids

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As an owner of a private practice, you always need to be thinking of ways you can set yourself apart from the competition. At least that’s how Dr. Alison Vega of Ascent Audiology & Hearing of Olympia sees it. Day in and day out, she racks her brain on ways she can communicate reasons why existing and new patients should choose her practice over her competitors.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Vega about her competition in the space and how she differentiates her practice.

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Practical Hearing Aid Test Box Applications

8/15/17 4:38 PM / by Greg Ollick Sr., M.A. posted in Hearing Aids

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Many dispensing audiologists have both a real ear measurement (REM) system and a hearing aid test box. With the exception of pediatric audiologists who use the test box to perform “simulated” REM, the test box is seldom (if ever) used. I have visited facilities and opened the test box only to find lots of dust and dozens of old batteries and paper clips inside. This situation is understandable, because many of these systems only provide for the standard “ANSI” hearing instrument test battery. One is expected to run this battery of tests with the hearing aid gain turned up and the compression and noise reduction features switched off. The results are then supposed to be compared to the results of the same test battery that was performed on the hearing instrument at the factory. Almost all dispensers find this very cumbersome and time consuming with little practical application in the “real world.”

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