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Hearing

Hearing loss can be due to many factors including age, infection, and damage to the inner ear nerve damage. Symptoms can vary depending on the type and degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can be detrimental to enjoyment of everyday activities, and can be improved with new therapy and technology. Our hearing specialist Debbie Hake is experienced with the latest technologies to combat hearing loss. Contact us today to improve your quality of life!

Hearing Aids

When hearing loss makes it difficult for you to have conversations, consider using one or two hearing aids. The Hearing Center at the Dr. Nancy Becker clinic provides the latest listening devices for women and men. Call the Enumclaw or Bonney Lake, Washington, office today for a personalized consultation about Bluetooth® hearing aids.

 

Hearing Aids Q & A

What are Bluetooth hearing aids?

Bluetooth hearing aids are tiny, electronic wearable devices leveraging high-frequency radio technology to primarily help you hear words more clearly and louder. Key components include a microphone, amplifier, and speaker, as well as a battery and wireless transmitter letting you control the listening instrument with a smartphone or tablet. Dr. Becker recommends Unitron® hearing aids with Bluetooth technology in three comfortable styles:

  • In-canal receiver
  • Behind year ear
  • In your ear

What are the benefits of Bluetooth hearing aids?

Though like all hearing aids, they don’t fully restore your hearing loss. Bluetooth hearing aids are the most modern types of hearing aids and offer a variety of benefits:

  • Allow wireless control from your mobile device
  • Clarify and amplify spoken words
  • Improve hearing in small groups, crowds, and noisy environments
  • Magnify sounds in quiet settings
  • Offer a rechargeable battery option

How do Bluetooth hearing aids work?

When you’ve suffered damage to your hair cells inside your inner ear, audio instruments like hearing aids can help restore your ability to communicate verbally. Like other digital hearing devices, Bluetooth hearing aids collect natural sound waves with a microphone and convert them into computerized audio waves. An amplifier increases their volume for virtually instant playback in the tiny speaker.

Bluetooth hearing aids go one step further than conventional ones by transmitting audio wirelessly to a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. The Unitron brand offers several varieties of Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids, some with directional microphones and other technology better at magnifying words while reducing background noise. Unitron also provides a few mobile apps to give you more control over your Bluetooth hearing aid, allowing you to easily change its sensitivity, playback volume, and environment settings without an adjustment from Dr. Becker.

How do I care for my hearing aid?

Dr. Becker recommends you charge your hearing aid batteries overnight, so you’re ready for each day wherever it takes you, but always carry traditional zinc-air batteries with you for whenever charging isn’t feasible. Be sure to gently wipe down your hearing aids with a dry, sterile, soft cloth daily to keep them clean and prevent developing an ear infection. Whenever not in use, store your hearing aids in a dry, cool place or container to keep dust and other contaminants out.

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