Our specialists provide diagnostic hearing testing and have the knowledge to help you choose the best tools to assist you with your hearing needs.
Hearing Aids — Let us help you choose. Hearing aids come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles. Some rest behind your ear with a small tube delivering the amplified sound to the ear canal. Other styles fit in the outer ear or within the ear canal. Hearing aid choices can overwhelm you. All hearing aids have certain parts to carry sounds from the environment into your ear, including:
A microphone. The microphone picks up the sound.
An amplifier. This increases the volume of the sound.
A receiver. The receiver sends the sound into your ear so that you can hear it.
A battery. The battery provides power to the electronic parts.
Technology is making incredible changes in the way we can help people with hearing loss and in how hearing aids work. One of the newest developments is a hearing aid with digital sound processing.
The difference in a digital hearing aid is that the signal is converted into digital information, which is processed much like music CDs. The result is a clearer, more realistic sound.
The sound that is processed makes quick, subtle volume changes so you can hear loud sounds and judge them as loud, but tolerable, while soft sounds become more audible. No more reaching up to turn your volume up or down. It is automatic.
If you would like more information on hearing aids available at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, contact us at 715-838-6968.