Audiological Rehabilitation

Hearing Amplified...!!

Hearing loss (HL) refers to a partial or total inability to hear. It is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. It is called an invisible condition; since we cannot see it but can only feel its effects. These effects may be attributed to aloofness, confusion, or personality changes.

HL can be present at birth (congenital) leading to speech and language delay with communication difficulties for life, if untreated. It may also become evident later in life (acquired) causing work related difficulties. People who are experiencing HL may refrain from taking part in conversations, may turn the volume up high on the radio or TV, and may frequently ask others to repeat what they have said.

At Speranza we assist patients with different hearing tests including Pure Tone Audiometry and Impedance Audiometry.

Hearing Test

  • Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to?
  • Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation?
  • Do you sometimes miss the keywords in a sentence, or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves?
  • When you are in a group or crowded restaurant is it difficult for you to follow the conversation?
  • When you are together with other people, does background noise bother you?
  • Do you often need to turn up the volume on your TV or radio?
  • Do you find it difficult to hear the doorbell or the telephone ring?
  • Is carrying on a telephone conversation difficult?
  • Do you find it difficult to pinpoint where an object is i.e. an alarm clock or telephone from the noise it makes?
  • Has someone close to you mentioned that you might have a problem with your hearing?

How did you do?

If you answered yes to any of these questions it is time to have your Hearing tested.

We have a special understanding of each patients need for support, encouragement, counselling and instruction while learning to use their hearing instruments most effectively. It is our goal to help the patient reach his or her best hearing potential.

The earlier a hearing loss is detected, the better the outcome for language and speech development in children and communication skills in adults

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Our Services

  • All latest equipments for testing & evaluation
  • Fully computerized systematic environment
  • Fully air-conditioned rooms
  • Specially designed Audiometry Room
  • Professionally trained staff
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Separate rooms for speech training
  • Speech therapy classes by professional speech therapists
  • Trained technicians for hearing aid fitting
  • Testing & servicing of hearing aids of all major brands
  • Special training & instructions for caring of hearing aids
  • Individual & personal attention for each
  • Speech & Voice counseling

Hearing loss is a problem that can be very unique from person to person. We spend as much time as necessary with each individual to find out how we can best help them hear the things that are most important to them. We are here to serve you, your family members and loved ones, and to make your experience with us, whether through our website or at one of our five offices, as gratifying and successful as can be.

Hearing aids: How to choose the right one

Look Matters...!!!

Perhaps you've thought about getting a hearing aid, but you're worried about how it will look and wonder whether it will really help. Knowing more about the hearing aid options available to you, what to look for when buying a hearing aid and how to break it in may help alleviate some of your concerns.

Hearing aid styles

All hearing aids contain the same parts to carry sound from the environment into your ear. However, hearing aids do come in a number of styles, which differ in size and the way they're placed in your ear. Some are small enough to fit inside your ear canal, making them almost invisible. Others fit partially in your ear canal. Generally, the smaller a hearing aid is, the less powerful it is, the shorter its battery life and the more it'll cost.

The following are common hearing aid styles.

Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are molded to fit inside your ear canal and can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.

A completely-in-the-canal hearing aid:

  • Is the least noticeable in the ear
  • Is less likely to pick up wind noise because the ear protects the instrument
  • Is easy to use with the telephone in most cases
  • Uses smaller batteries, which typically don't last as long as larger batteries
  • Doesn't contain extra features, such as volume control or directional microphones

An in-the-canal hearing aid is custom molded and fits partly in the ear canal, but not as deeply as the completely-in-the-canal aid. This hearing aid can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.

An in-the-canal hearing aid:

  • Is less visible in the ear
  • Is easy to use with the telephone
  • Includes features that won't fit on completely-in-the-canal aids, but the small size can make the features difficult to adjust
  • May not fit well in smaller ears

A smaller version of the in-the-canal hearing aid, the half-shell is custom molded and fills the lower portion of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear. This style is appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

A half-shell hearing aid:

  • Is bigger than an in-the-canal hearing aid
  • Is a little easier to handle than are the smaller hearing aids
  • Includes additional features, such as directional microphones and volume control
  • Fits most ears

An in-the-ear (full-shell) hearing aid is custom made and fills most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear. This style is helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss.

An in-the-ear (full-shell) hearing aid:

  • Is more visible to others
  • May pick up wind noise
  • Contains helpful features, such as volume control, that are easier to adjust
  • Is generally easier to insert into the ear
  • Uses larger batteries, which typically last longer and are easier to handle

Behind-the-ear hearing aids hook over the top of your ear and rest behind the ear. The hearing aid picks up sound, amplifies it and carries the amplified sound to an ear mold that fits inside your ear canal. This type of aid is appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss and for people of all ages.

A behind-the-ear hearing aid:

  • Is the largest, most visible type of hearing aid, though some new versions are smaller, streamlined and barely visible
  • Is capable of more amplification than are other hearing aid styles

These are usually very small behind-the-ear-style devices, although larger behind-the-ear devices can be modified for a more fit. Sound travels from the instrument through a small tube or wire to a tiny dome or speaker in the ear canal. These aids leave the ear canal open, so they're best for mild to moderate high-frequency losses where low-frequency hearing is still normal or near normal.

An open-fit hearing aid:

  • Is less visible
  • Doesn't plug the ear like the small in-the-canal hearing aids do
  • May use very small batteries
  • Often lacks manual adjustments due to the small size

Hearing aid electronics

Hearing aid electronics control how sound is transferred from the environment to your inner ear. All hearing aids amplify sounds, making them louder so that you can hear them better. Most hearing aid manufacturers now only produce digital hearing aids — analog hearing aids are being phased out.

With digital technology, a computer chip converts the incoming sound into digital code, then analyzes and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss, listening needs and the level of the sounds around you. The signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears. The result is sound that's more finely tuned to your hearing loss. Digital hearing aids are available in all styles and price ranges.

Hearing aid options

Some hearing aid options improve your ability to hear in specific situations:

  • Directional microphones. These microphones are aligned on the hearing aid to provide for improved pick up of sounds coming from in front of you with some reduction of sounds coming from behind or beside you. This technology improves your ability to hear when you're in an environment with a lot of background noise.
  • Telephone adapters. This technology, also referred to as telecoil, makes it easier to hear when talking on the telephone. The telecoil eliminates the sounds from your environment and only picks up the sounds from the telephone. Some hearing aids switch automatically when the phone is held up to the hearing aid, while others require flipping a switch. Keep in mind that this technology works only with telephones that are compatible with hearing aids — most cell phones aren't.
  • Bluetooth technology. New hearing aids can transmit sound from Bluetooth devices, such as Bluetooth cell phones. These hearing aids require an interface that wirelessly picks up the Bluetooth signal from Bluetooth-compatible devices and transmits the signal to the hearing aid. You don't have to hold the phone to your ear or hearing aid to hear the sounds.
  • Remote controls. Some hearing aids use a remote control that makes volume control adjustments or other changes without touching the hearing aid. The remote may also make other adjustments, such as activating the directional microphone or increasing the noise reduction.

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