All hearing aids amplify background noise to some degree. However, with ongoing improvements in the industry, we are able to make the background noise more comfortable. Your Audiologist at Achieve Hearing & Rehabilitation will work patiently with you to adjust your hearing aid to your specific needs until you are satisfied.
Hearing aid problems
All I hear is background noise.
Solution: Directional microphones and speech processing computers can be used to reduce the noise behind you and focus on the sounds coming from in front of you.
The hearing aid whistles too much.
Solution: Feedback cancellation technology can be used to reduce or eliminate feedback.
I feel plugged up.
Solution: Open style ear-pieces can eliminate discomfort & make the hearing aid unnoticeable to the user.
Solution: Mini, Receiver-in-canal (RIC), hearing aids deliver sound to your eardrum through a tube rather than an earmold. Thus, they do not plug up your ears and your voice sounds more natural.
It's too loud. I only hear the sounds I don't want to hear.
Solution: Microphones with noise management technology limit loud sounds (for example, traffic noise, dishwasher, etc.) and put more emphasis on amplifying speech sounds. This allows speech to be heard comfortably while reducing the noises you do not want to hear.
Hearing problems can drastically affect children in their learning and social environments. The most significant impact is on: vocabulary, sentence structure, speaking, academic achievement, and social functioning.
The following is an age appropriate checklist for determining if your child has a hearing problem. If you answer NO to any of the questions below your child may need a hearing evaluation.
Birth to 3 Months:
Does your child react to loud sounds?
Is your child soothed by your voice?
Does your child smile when spoken to?
Does your child seem to know your voice and quiet down if he or she is upset?
Does your child turn their head to you when you speak?
Does your child awake during loud sounds and voices?
3 to 6 Months:
Does your child enjoy toys that make loud sounds or music?
Is your child frightened by loud noises?
Does your child try to repeat sounds such as aah, ooh, baba?
Does your child imitate your voice?
Does your child look up or turn toward the direction of new sounds?
6 to 10 Months:
Does your child make babbling sounds, even when by themselves?
Does your child look at pictures or things when someone talks about them?
Does your child know the meaning of words such as "hi" or "bye-bye?"
Does your child respond to his or her own name and common sounds in the home (telephone ringing, voices)?
Is your child beginning to respond to "come here?" Does your child respond to "no" and or the change of tone in your voice?
10 to 15 Months:
Does your child look at or point to familiar objects or people when asked?
Does your child enjoy games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake?
Does your child play with his or her own voice, enjoying the sound and feel of it?
Does your child imitate words or sounds?
Does your child speak single words meaningfully?
15 to 18 Months:
Does your child know 10 to 20 words?
Does your child say words such as "mama", "dada", "bye-bye?"
Does your child follow simple directions, such as "hand me the cup?"
Does your child use words or sounds to indicate questions or excitement?
18 to 24 Months:
Does your child enjoy being read to?
Does your child understand simple phrases as "in the bowl" or "on the table?"
Does your child point to pictures when asked?
Does your child understand simple yes or no questions like "are you thirsty?"
24 to 36 Months:
Does your child understand what big vs. little means?
Does your child follow simple instructions such as "eat your food" or "bring me the toy?"
Does your child understand many action words such as sit or stand up?
Achieve Hearing & Rehabilitation has two locations to better serve you. Our Plano location is located 1 block East of the Dallas Tollway in the Parkwood Crossings Medical Complex. Our Dallas location is located 1 block South of Interstate 635 on Hillcrest Rd. in the One Hillcrest Green building.