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How to have a successful hearing aid fitting…part 2

  | By Erika Porter, Audiologist Part II. The Patient In an earlier post, we started discussing factors for hearing aid success, viewing it as a three-legged stool. We initially addressed the role of the hearing professional. Later, we’ll discuss the hearing aids themselves. Today’s post is all about YOU! We can all admit that we wouldn’t be here without you. Something, or someone, has motivated you to come in for a hearing test. Hopefully, that person is YOU, because your commitment to the process of better hearing is critical to your success.  And "process" is the right word. Getting [...]

Audiologist tells how to be successful with hearing aids…The First Leg

  A great relationship with your Audiologist or Licensed Dispenser is the first step to better hearing. | By Dr. Erika Porter, Audiologist As an audiologist, I take great joy in seeing the difference that better hearing can make in the lives of my clients. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of helping those who may have prior negative experiences become successful with their aids. As I reflect on why some people do great with amplification, exceeding all expectation, while others seem to continually struggle I’ve come to view success with hearing aids as a three-legged stool. For [...]

Veteran’s Affairs (VA) and the Private Market

The Differences between the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) and the Private Market | An interview with Audiologist, Samantha Kellermeier Dr. Samantha Kellermeier, AuD in Georgetown Dr. Samantha Kellermeier, AuD, was previously an Audiology Intern for the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) department. She recently joined the Hearing Aid Express team in Georgetown, Texas. We sat down and asked her a few questions about the noticeable differences between the Veteran's Affairs (VA) and Hearing Aid Express (Private Market) in a recent interview. Have you noticed a difference between your experiences at a Veteran's Affairs and Hearing Aid Express? I would say that [...]

One-Sided Hearing Loss

Being able to determine the direction of sounds is diminished with one-sided hearing loss. Loss of hearing is a condition that can occur with varying degrees of severity and can be one-sided.  This may sound strange, but it is not an unusual occurrence.  People with hearing damage in only one ear can have either regular hearing in the other or can have varying degrees of hearing loss in their other ear as well. How can you tell if you have one-sided hearing loss? A few ways you can tell are: You are unable to locate the source of [...]

Why a Hearing Aid Specialist or Audiologist is so important to us

You’ll thank me later. You’ve just made a huge purchase on a brand-new, big-screen TV with all the bells and whistles and now that you’ve got it installed and tuned to your favorite channel you’re ready head back to the electronics store and thank them for your purchase….err…wait. You don’t get back in your car, drive back to the store and THANK the salesman for your purchase. That’s just silly! We also don’t call or drive back to the doctor’s office and thank the doctor or the nurse for handling our health woes! So, why do we call and [...]

Made For iPhone Hearing Aids And The Role Of Your Audiologist

With the introduction of "Made for iPhone" hearing aids, it is becoming clear that convenience in hearing aid technology is growing with each new device released. With Starkey Halo hearing aids, the user can stream phone calls, music, apps and more directly to their hearing aid while also more accurately adjust setting to fit their specific hearing needs. Despite all the new control the Starkey Halo and hearing aids like it allot the user, consumers may still be hesitant to adopt the use of such devices. A recent article from Forbes outlines the current hearing loss landscape of the United States as well as identifies [...]

Texas Hearing Professionals Help Hundreds Of Children Hear

More than 100 children in and around Chapala, Mexico can hear more clearly, many for the first time in their lives, after a team of Texas hearing professionals fit them with hearing aids. The team, including professionals from Hearing Aid Express, joined  Hearing Aid for Latin America (latinhearing.org) during a Nov. 18 – Nov. 20 mission trip.  HALA is a Houston 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established in 2002 to bring the gift of hearing to underprivileged children and young adults. More than 166 hearing aids were fit by the professionals on children aged 3 to 15 years old. According [...]

Hearing Aid Express Employees Help Hundreds Of Children Hear Better In Time For Holidays

Hearing Aid Express employees joined several other hearing health professionals across Texas on a mission to help underprivileged children in Mexico hear, many for the first time. The hearing professionals joined together with Hearing Aid for Latin America, a nonprofit organization that provides diagnostic testing, audiology equipment training, hearing instruments and batteries to children and adults in Mexico. “To see the look on these children’s faces once they are fit with a hearing aid for the first time is magical,” said Brad Brumback, President and CEO of Hearing Aid Express. Brumback and Dr. Lacey Brooks, audiologist at [...]