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Are you ready to hear better?

We provide exceptional hearing care through expertly fitted hearing aids. Our doctor is committed to audiology best practices and the highest level of care. During your examination, we will learn what is most important to you so that we can educate you about treatment options. We strongly believe in education and shared decision-making, so you never feel pressured into receiving treatment that isn't right for you. We'll help you understand the best options for you so you can decide what works best for you. You'll receive compassionate care and ongoing support from our world-class hearing care professional.

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How do hearing aids work?

All hearing aids have small but powerful microphones that pick up the sounds around you. A computer chip inside the hearing aid converts, analyses, filters and amplifies sound according to your individual vision to help your ears compensate for sounds that are naturally missing. The sound is then sent to your ear through a speaker.

How much do hearing aids really help me?

While hearing aids can often be life-changing for users, it's important to remember that hearing aids do not restore your natural hearing. Hearing aids filter and amplify sounds to give you access to the sounds that are missing. The experience and benefit of a hearing aid are very individual for each person and depend on the following factors:

  • How long your hearing loss has not been treated and how much hearing you can still work with. You should treat your hearing loss as soon as possible. That's what researchers at the University of Colorado foundChanges in the brain can be seen within 3 months of the initial onset of even mild hearing loss (Scharma, 2016).

  • How well you and your frequent communicators use good communication strategies. We teach you and your communication partners to communicate more effectively.

  • How well your hearing aids fit, according to your provider. We use best practices and utmost care to ensure your devices fit properly.

  • How committed you are to wearing your hearing aids every waking hour. We help you to get used to and become familiar with your devices.

  • How well you maintain your overall health. We coordinate with your GP to ensure they are aware of any conditions that may affect your hearing in the future.

  • How clean are your hearing aids? We show you how to do quick maintenance at home and professionally maintain your equipment to keep it clean.

  • How open you are to talking to people you frequent about your hearing needs and how committed they are to helping you hear your best. We prepare each patient for success by counseling and educating them on realistic expectations to get the most out of their treatment.

choose a hearing aid

There are thousands of hearing aids on the market today, which can make choosing a hearing aid overwhelming. Hearing aids provide the greatest benefit when worn all day, every day. You should consider choosing a hearing aid that is physically comfortable and adapts well to all of the listening environments you encounter in your daily activities. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive patient education and when your hearing aid evaluation is complete you will be well informed about your specific type of hearing loss and the best treatment options. We strongly believe in education and shared decision-making, so you never feel pressured into receiving treatment that isn't right for you. We'll help you understand the best options for you so you can decide what works best for you.

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hearing aid styles

There are 6 standard types of hearing aids. The best style for you depends on many factors, including your preferences, the degree of your hearing loss, the size and shape of your ears and ear canals, your dexterity and your vision. dr Link will work with you to determine which is best for you. Take a look at the 6 default styles below:

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Channel Invisible (IIC)

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Im Kanal (ITC)

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Im Ohr (ITE)

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behind the ear (BTE)

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Receiver-in-Channel (RIC)

hearing aid brands

There are many different brands of hearing aids. All major brands of hearing aids are now smartphone compatible and rechargeable, and some brands are even invisible. Each person's brain processes sound differently, and each brand of hearing aid also processes sound differently. It's important to work with your audiologist to find a brand that works best for your preferences, needs, and brain processing. Audiology METHOD is an independent practice to ensure that Dr. Link can work with the brand that works best for you. The main hearing aid brands we work with are listed below.

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Hearing aid functions

Fortunately, hearing aid technology is evolving rapidly today. We will stop prescribing hearing aids to your grandma! Hearing aid features designed to make your life easier:

  • rechargeable

  • Made for iPhone, Android or Bluetooth

  • adjustable smartphone

  • Impermeable

  • Discrete Models

The first thing Dr. Link hears from her patients is, "I wish I had done this sooner." Are you ready to hear better?

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Hearing aid accessories

After you have chosen your hearing aids, it is important that they are fitted using evidence-based audiological best practices to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your hearing aids and that the hearing aids are not contributing to your further hearing loss. During your adjustment, the following must happen:

  • Correct fit check

    • Your provider needs to ensure that the devices fit comfortably in your ears and don't fall out

  • Electroacoustic Analysis

    • Did you know that there are national quality standards for hearing aids? Research shows that 20% of hearing aids do not meet the standards immediately. An electroacoustic analysis test must be performed prior to fitting to ensure your devices meet ANSI standards. You don't want to start your hearing aid experience with hearing aids that aren't working properly

  • Real Ear Speech Mapping Verification Tests

    • Every ear canal is different, even the two on the head are different! Because of this, it is important to check that the sound your hearing aid produces is sufficient (and not too much) to compensate for your hearing loss. To ensure the hearing aid is delivering the right amount of sound to your ears (your prescription), a small microphone is placed in your ear and your hearing aid is placed on top of the microphone. The sound is then sent to the hearing aid to allow your hearing care professional to adjust your hearing aid in real time until it matches your vision.

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  • education and training

    • The goal of dr. Link for you is to be as independent as possible with your hearing aids. You'll learn and practice putting your devices in and out of your ears, changing batteries or using your charger, cleaning your hearing aids, and troubleshooting.

Hearing better takes time

Many people's hearing progressively deteriorates over several months or years. Your brain needs time to relearn how to listen. The more you wear your hearing aids, the quicker you will get used to them. Be patient. dr Link will be your coach, cheerleader, and accountability partner, helping you every step of the way.

Tips for fitting to your new hearing aids:

  • Use good communication strategies by being within 3 to 5 feet of the person you are speaking to, face to face and in the same room.

  • Wear your hearing aids every waking hour

  • Use your hearing aids at the recommended volume as much as possible. Remember that the brain cannot understand what the brain cannot hear. If the sound never reaches your brain, your brain can't process it and it won't sound clear.

  • Clean your hearing aids once a day

  • Practice listening in quiet environments by first becoming accustomed to common soft sounds like your clothes rustling, your footsteps on the floor, and your refrigerator turning. We often lose these sounds so gradually that we don't even realize we're losing them until we get them back.

  • After 2-3 weeks of use, try going to a quiet restaurant with someone you trust.

  • About 1 month after your fitting and once you are comfortable with your full hearing aid prescription, try going out to a favorite restaurant with close friends.

Hearing aid fitting tracking

To ensure your hearing aids are properly fitted and are helping you achieve your goals, you should expect follow-up care:

  • 1 week after placement

  • 3 Wochen nach Platzierung

  • 7 weeks after placement

Hearing aid maintenance follow-up

Once you have achieved your communication goals, which you established at your first hearing aid assessment appointment, and have demonstrated consistent, full-time use of at least 12 hours per day, you will move from hearing aid fitting to hearing aid servicing. Your hearing aids should be maintained to ensure that you always hear at your best and that your hearing aids last as long as possible. Hearing aids should last 3-6 years with good care. You should plan to see your audiologist every 6 months, or sooner if you have a lot of earwax.

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Do you need adjustments to your current hearing aids?

You are in the right place and we are happy to help you. We don't need you to buy us hearing aids to help you. Call us so we can help you:

  • Diagnose hearing aid malfunctions with our state-of-the-art electroacoustic analysis tests.

  • Clean and make minor repairs to your hearing aids at home

  • Send your hearing aids to your hearing aid manufacturer for further major repairs

  • Troubleshooting pairing your hearing aids with your smartphone or accessories

  • Make sure you're getting the most value from your hearing aids by taking a real-ear speech mapping verification test (for this test to be accurate, you must provide a hearing test taken within the last year orschedule an updated hearing testwith this quote)

Hearing aid repair

Due to the complexity of the tiny components of hearing aids and their location in the ear canal, they break from time to time, even with daily cleaning. If you need a repair, we'll provide you with a loaner unit so you don't have to go without it.

Hearing aid accessories

No special travel required - shop hearing aid filters, cleaning wipes, domes, batteries and more at our convenient online supply store. All consumables have been specially selected for the needs of our patients.

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1I have been using hearing aids since 1989. During that time I have been treated by many audiologists and hearing care professionals. About three years ago I was referred to Dr. Referred to Julie Link. His talent, skill and product knowledge have made a huge difference in my struggle to hear in a variety of difficult listening situations. dr Link is very meticulous in her practice and in the treatment of her patients. i can dr Highly recommend Link as a dedicated hearing specialist. In short, she is great! thanks dr Julie Link.½
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