For many years I was left out of the conversations and had trouble understanding my granddaughters and others. I had heard many sad stories from friends and relaitves about unhappy experiences with hearing aids, but I thought it was time to try. I looked on the internet and found a website that has been family run for many years, Ahrens Hearing AId Center. The site showed pictures with a back round of all. I decided to stop in and talk. When I entered the door, I knew everyone's name. I sat down with the owner Cathi, what a charmer. We went over my budget and other needs. Then I took the free hearing test, which was quite the test. Catherine showed me my exact hearing loss and went over my options. I chose a model which now has three settings. One for normal (I heard nature I have not heard for years), number two to help stop background noise in a crowd and number three to hear a low volume TV setting. I now insert the aids first thing in the morning and most of the time I do not feel them. Every few months you stop in for a quick check and a supply of FREE batteries. If anyone is even thinking of hearing aids, you better first stop in and see Catherine and gang. I guarantee you will be completely satisfied, as I am. Take it from an old vet!
- Leland R. McQuillin
You may have noticed our recurring theme, “where you go is more important than what you get.” In support of this, we will be posting some case studies reviewing different situations where the services we provide made a big difference for someone who was otherwise not using hearing aids they received somewhere else.
In this case, the patient had good quality hearing aids they were fit with somewhere else but never received the proper benefit from them. After repeated visits to her original provider, she came to us hoping that we would be able to help her hear better with those same hearing aids. Below outlines the problems she came to us with and how we were able to help get her hearing well consistently with those same devices. The names used in the story are fake, for everyone’s privacy of course!
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We are not fond of the “drawer” hearing aid that is the hearing aid someone gets only to have them sit unused for long periods of time - usually in a drawer. There can be multiple reasons why this happens ranging from simply not wanting to hear everything (some people just like the quiet!) to not getting a proper hearing aid fitting and everything in between.
Your eyes have not deceived you! Hearing aids, while very capable in compensating for diminished hearing, may not be the entire solution required to hear in some situations. Today’s hearing aids have come a long way, but there are simply some situations in which modern hearing aids, even the most advanced, cannot help you hear everything you wish to hear.