Hearing Aids For Adults
Because of the many styles and brands of hearing aids that are available, our audiologist works closely with you to ensure you’re fitted with the aid that best fits your needs, level of hearing loss and lifestyle. Hearing aids may look basically the same, but there are varying degrees of technical complexity. We want to make sure that your hearing aid will do whatever you need it to do in your environment. We have a wide variety of top-of-the-line brands available. Many of these are available with a three-year warranty and loss/damage waiver.
Here are some helpful guidelines to consider when selecting your hearing aid:
- Bluetooth-compatible – Many of today’s hearing aids are able to seamlessly synch with cell phones and computers. Through Bluetooth technology, you are able to switch back and forth between traditional use and cell use without touching your phone. You can hear conversations binaurally (both ears), which improves understanding over the phone.
- Choose the right size – The right fit can make all the difference, so be sure to get a hearing aid that fits your ear snugly but comfortably.
- Lifestyle – If you have a more active lifestyle, you’ll want to choose a higher functioning hearing aid that can filter out distracting sounds and hone in on speech sounds. If your lifestyle is quieter and involves more small group or one-on-one settings, a basic amplified hearing aid can be considered.
- Extended warranty – The rigors of daily life can take their toll on even the most durable of hearing aids, so having an extended warranty makes good sense.
- Water-resistant – While no hearing aid is water-proof, many are water resistant. This is the way to go to combat Louisiana humidity.
Hearing Aid Lifespan & Maintenance
Hearing aids typically last four to five years. With regular care, it’s possible they could even last even longer.
Getting A Hearing Aid
To schedule an appointment to get hearing aids, you will need to have a comprehensive hearing evaluation that has been completed within the last six months by a licensed audiologist. If you have one, please mail or fax it to:
The Emerge Center
7784 Innovation Park Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70820
Please indicate in the fax that you are interested in obtaining hearing aids.
If you do not have results of a current hearing test, you may schedule one with us. We must have the evaluation in hand before a hearing aid consultation can be scheduled.
For those adults diagnosed with severe profound hearing loss who haven’t benefited from the use of hearing aids (or benefited from a hearing aid initially, but have seen a decrease over time in ability to hear clearly), it’s possible that a cochlear implant may be recommended. Cochlear implants are inserted beneath the skull to send sound waves directly to the auditory nerve, bypassing the ear altogether. The Emerge Center audiologists can determine if you’re a candidate for a cochlear implant based on your degree of hearing loss. You may be referred to an otoneurologist, who performs the procedure, for further assessment. Emerge’s Audiologists are trained in providing check-ups and troubleshooting for these devices.
Because the cochlear implant process eliminates all residual hearing in the ear, a strict protocol is followed to determine you are a candidate for the procedure.
- Medical testing, including a cat scan, will be performed by an otoneurologist to ensure your anatomy is right for implants.
- Hearing tests will also be performed at the Emerge Center to ensure you are no longer benefiting from the use of hearing aids.
- The treatment team will confirm that your hearing loss is within the guidelines so that a cochlear implant will be beneficial.
Types of Listening Devices
The Emerge Center offers patients and their families a wide range of assisted listening devices or ALDs. All of these devices may be ordered directly from us and our team would be happy to provide any guidance that’s needed. To review a catalog of items that are available, just speak with one of our team members.
As the name implies, these corded and cordless phones offer listeners a higher volume level than standard phones. In addition to amplifying the conversations, many of these phones also have the capability to reduce background noises. There are a variety of models and features to choose from.
As a special service for our patients, The Emerge Center works with local agencies to provide free amplified phones for residents of the state of Louisiana.
Personal amplifiers are for individuals who have a more sedentary lifestyle and need some sort of amplification to talk one-on-one or in small groups. It’s similar in shape to a portable audio player, like an iPod or Walkman, and comes with a hand-held microphone. This type of listening device is tough to lose, inexpensive to replace and very durable.
Amplified alarm clocks
As with amplified phones, amplified alarm clocks have extra loud alarms as well as adjustable tone and volume settings. Some models include a bed shaker device that gently vibrates a pillow or mattress.
There are a wide variety of signaling devices available for those who are hearing impaired. This includes:
- Lamps that flashes when phone or doorbell rings.
- Light boxes for phones with loud ringers and lights.
- Transmitters that alert users that a door or window has been opened.
- Severe weather alert system.
- Door knock sensors.
- Smoke, fire and carbon monoxide alarms with an extra loud alarm.
These baby monitors alert the user to the cries of a baby. Depending on the model selected, these monitors may offer features such as louder volumes, visual indicator lights and vibrating alerts.