Medpark Hearing Center is proud to be an independent hearing aid distributor, meaning we are not restricted to the hearing aids from any particular hearing aid manufacturer. We make our recommendations based on what is best for each individual patient. Some manufacturers specialize in cutting-edge technology, while others focus on ease of use. We are familiar with and carry hearing aids from all of the major hearing aid manufacturers - EarQ, Oticon, Signia, Starkey, Widex, Resound and Phonak.
Because we've been in the business for so long, we can help patients who bring in older hearing aids or other brands, even if we haven't worked with that particular model before. That's just one of the advantages of choosing an established hearing aid specialist with years of experience. We will look at your hearing loss and your lifestyle and recommend a make and model of hearing aids that we think will be best suited for you. If you already have some idea what you want, please let us know - we want to partner with you to find a model of hearing aids that you'll be happy with.
We understand that cost is a concern for many patients, but we will do what we can to make the right hearing aids affordable for you.
These days, hearing aids come in a number of styles that are all discreet and effective; big, bulky, beige hearing aids are a thing of the past. We'll help choose hearing aids that suit your preferences, whether your priorities are ease of use, near-invisibility or top-notch acoustics. Some styles are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss, while others are the best choices for more severe hearing loss. The physical form of hearing aid you choose will have minimal effect on the price, which is mostly based on the level of technology.
There are many factors that go into our choice when we recommend a style of hearing aids for you. Maybe you spend most of your time at home watching telenovelas and talking with friends, so you don't need to worry about hearing in a crowded room often, or maybe you frequently give presentations at work and need to be able to understand the other speakers and yourself as clearly as possible. Maybe you keep a very active lifestyle and need hearing aids that can withstand sweat and movement.
Every person and every situation is different. We'll also consider how comfortable you are with technology (do you like to keep it simple or would you rather have cutting-edge advances?). If you find you have a hard time getting earplugs from the store to fit, you may also need custom-fit hearing aids, which aren't necessarily better or more expensive; they're just another option that may be right for you.
Before you bring your new hearing aids home, we'll show you how to clean them and make sure you are comfortable handling them yourself. Hearing aids need to be cleaned regularly. They also must be kept dry, so never wear them in the shower, and don't store them overnight in humid places such as the bathroom. You will also need to change the batteries approximately once a week, unless you get rechargeable hearing aids (one of the most exciting and convenient advances in recent hearing aid technology). Very sophisticated technology will be more of a drain on the batteries, while simpler hearing aids will have a longer battery life.
If you take good care of your hearing aids, they may last you for years to come, especially if your hearing loss doesn't change significantly. Most hearing aids are warrantied for three years, but you may be able to keep yours much longer if you are gentle with them.
Once you have gotten used to your hearing aids, we ask you to come to our office at least once every three months to have your hearing aids and your ears cleaned and so we can make sure everything is still working as it should be. You're very welcome to come in more often if you need to. But regular maintenance will help extend the life of your hearing aids, and ensure you're getting the most of your hearing treatment. We also recommend testing your hearing once a year so we can make any adjustments to your hearing aids in case your hearing loss has changed.
Only providers of EarQ hearing aids can offer the longest warranty in the industry, offering a full four years of coverage! This surpasses the standard that comes with most hearing aids through other manufacturers, which typically caps at two or three years.
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Most modern hearing aids are digital, which allows for very sophisticated technology that can help you tune out background noise, focus on a particular speaker, process the words you hear more clearly, or make hearing your own voice a more comfortable experience. These hearing aids can also interface with your mobile phone, and use apps to change the settings or adjust microphone placement. Other hearing aids connect directly to your television, so you might hear the TV or take phone calls that sound clearer than you've heard in years. Digital hearing aids have opened up a world of possibilities that improve the audio quality and technological convenience for hearing aid users all over the world.
But if you're used to analog hearing aids or you prefer the way analog amplifies sound, we also respect your preferences. Ultimately, what matters most is that you're happy with the hearing aids you choose.