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Only about 30% of those with hearing loss actually get the help they need. Hearing aids are a common and effective treatment for hearing loss. Many times the reasoning behind not treating their hearing loss is due to fear and lack of correct information. Below we are going to address some of the common misconceptions about hearing aids.

They are big, bulky & ugly.

Hearing aids today come in a variety of sizes and styles. They are much smaller than the traditional hearing aids you think of from years ago and some are even invisible in the ear! Hearing aid manufacturers offer different sizes and styles to ensure that there is a suitable device for everyone who needs help.

I don’t need two, only one.

In most cases, hearing loss is a gradual progression and by the time you realize you are having difficulties, it’s more significant than you expect. It can be age related or due to continuous noise exposure over many years, hearing loss is typically in both ears, not just one. In order for your brain to hear and process to its optimal level, you need auditory input from both ears.

Hearing aids are only for old people.

Hearing loss occurs in people of all ages, there are even children who wear hearing aids on both ears. It is becoming increasingly more common for younger individuals to be diagnosed with hearing loss especially due to noise exposure from technology such as earbuds and loud music. With this development, hearing aids have been re-designed to be sleek, discreet and able to integrate with other technology like cell phones for enhanced capabilities.

I can buy them online for cheaper.

As consumers, we all seek out the better deal and cheaper option by heading to the internet. There are some things however that should not be purchased online, especially when it comes to your healthcare needs. Every individual has their own unique hearing loss that should be evaluated by a medical professional. An audiologist is able to provide you with a solution that is best for you and that is tailored to your unique hearing loss and needs. The time and effort of properly fit hearing aids by an audiologist are worth far more than the immediate cheap option you can find online.

My friend said the hearing aids didn’t work, so they won’t for me.

As mentioned above, everyone has a different hearing loss. Even those who may have a similar hearing loss may have different solutions that work best for them because there are many variables involved. Your audiologist is able to make adjustments and changes on the outside and inside of the hearing aids to make them the best for you. The statement that “No two people are the same” applies to the ears and hearing as well.

Take care of your hearing! Contact any of our locations across Long Island to discover how Ear Works Audiology can help your hear better & live better!

Oticon OPN is the most advanced hearing aid that Oticon has ever made! Oticon OPN hearing aids utilize new hearing technology that processes sounds 50 times faster than traditional technology. OPN hearing aids allow you to hear better and decide what sounds you want to focus on with less effort. Studies have shown that OPN wearers had 30% better speech understanding, 20% reduction in listening effort and were able to remember 20% more of their conversations! This means that wearers can expect to experience an improvement in their ability to understand speech, even in complex listening environments!


Hearing is a cognitive process; meaning we really hear with our brain and not our ears. Hearing loss will limit the amount of acoustic detail that the brain receives. When the brain receives less information, it needs to work harder in order to process, decode and organize the sounds. Oticon OPN utilizes BrainHearing™ technology to help provide the brain with access to all sounds, even in complex listening environments. Oticon OPN is also a made for iPhone® hearing aid! OPN can be directly connected to the iPhone® without an intermediary device. The Bluetooth technology in OPN supports streaming music and phone calls, with the user's voice picked up by the phone's microphone. The Oticon ON App can also be used to adjust volume levels, switch between programs and monitor battery levels. The app even offers a "find my hearing aid" search feature! Please call any one of our 10 offices to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists, or to ask any specific questions that you might have about OPN!

This season, Ear Works Audiology has been a proud participant of the 25th Annual WBAB Long Island Toy Drive with the John Theissen Children’s Foundation. All new and unwrapped toys that are donated are given out to sick and underprivileged children at over 225 hospitals, agencies & child-care facilities here on Long Island before the holidays. We are very proud to be a part of something so special and to help make the holiday season for children across Long Island that much more magical! We would like to thank all that have donated unwrapped toys and have given monetary donations! You truly show the meaning of the holiday season!

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is raising awareness of the link between unaddressed hearing loss and depression, and is urging adults of all ages to get their hearing tested to help protect their mental health. Studies show that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids often have fewer depressive symptoms, greater social engagement, and improved quality of life. Here’s why:

 Five Mental Health Reasons to Get Your Hearing Tested

1. Ignoring hearing loss affects quality of life. Research shows that when left unaddressed, hearing loss is frequently associated with other physical, mental, and emotional health issues that diminish one’s quality of life. Depression, withdrawal, isolation and a lessened ability to cope are just some of the conditions associated with unaddressed hearing loss.

2. Addressing hearing loss boosts mood. People with untreated hearing loss can feel angry, frustrated, anxious, isolated, and depressed. But research shows that with the use hearing aids, mental health often improves. Most feel more emotionally stable, become more socially engaged and feel a greater sense of safety and independence which leads to a general improvement in overall quality of life.

3. Using hearing aids can help strengthen self-confidence. Studies show that hearing aid users with mild to severe hearing loss felt better about themselves and about life overall as a result of using hearing aids. Improved hearing can lead to more self-confidence and control and cause individuals to be less self-critical.

4. Good communication enriches relationships and social support. Healthy relationships rest largely on good communication. Recent research reported improvements in individuals’ ability to communicate effectively in most situations because of their hearing aid use. Results indicate that using hearing aids can improve relationships at home, social activities and ability to join in groups.

5. Today’s hearing aids are better than ever and virtually invisible. Dramatic new technological advances have revolutionized hearing aids in recent years. Many are virtually invisible, self-adjusting, and wireless. Today’s hearing aids can help people of all ages maintain active, healthy lifestyles while reducing stress, depression and isolation often caused by untreated hearing loss.  It has been reported that eighty percent of hearing aid users report being satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives due to their use of hearing aids.

(Source: Better Hearing Institute)

 

The Internet is a great tool for information and shopping. However, purchasing hearing aids online is not recommended!

Audiologists are trained medical professionals with extensive education in hearing and the treatment of hearing loss. They make informed recommendations about the best and most appropriate hearing aid to meet an individual’s hearing and communication needs. Not all hearing aids are the same, and one hearing aid is not necessarily best for everyone. Selecting the right hearing aid to meet your individualized needs is an extremely important step in the process, and will greatly affect your success with your hearing devices. Some patients would benefit from specific hearing aids or manufacturers, and being fit with the correct hearing aid can significantly improve your communication and hearing abilities. Purchasing hearing aids online eliminates the Audiologist from the process and can be negative for the patient if they are not satisfied. One bad experience can deter someone from getting the care they need the proper way.

Hearing aids purchased online often do not include servicing plans, such as programming, adjustments or cleanings. Hearing aids purchased through an Audiologist often include these services, which are necessary for the maintenance and continued success while wearing the hearing aids. Periodic adjustments and re-programming of the hearing aids may be necessary over time and helps to maximize how well you will hear, even in difficult listening situations. Paying for these services every time they are needed through the Audiologist after you purchase the hearing aids online could potentially be more expensive over time.  

Any necessary repairs or adjustments to your hearing aids can become inconvenient, or even more costly if they were purchased online. Adjustments can be completed in office, where you are then able to describe in detail any problems or concerns that need to be taken care of, and you can listen to the hearing aids as the adjustments are being made. Some repairs or issues may also be able to be corrected in office however if you purchase your devices online and do not have a local audiologist to service you, it may take days or weeks if the hearing aid needs to be sent out to correct the issue.

An Audiologist is also important to being able to select the correct size of components of the hearing aid, such a dome or speaker. Every person’s ear is sized and shaped differently so there is no- one size fits all when it comes to hearing aids. An improperly fit hearing aid can cause the hearing aid to sit incorrectly in the ear. When this occurs, oftentimes the hearing aids can fall off and out of the ear. 

An Audiologist is also the best person to fit you with hearing aids if you are interested in custom hearing aids or custom molds. It is important to have accurate impressions taken of your ears to ensure the best fit possible, and to achieve the best sound quality. Most of the time, hearing aids purchased online can only be behind the ear models. If you are interested in the style that is custom to your ear, it is not recommended that anyone besides a licensed Audiologist take impressions of your ears for any type of custom ear device. 

The Audiologist is an essential and important part of the process of obtaining hearing aids. Please call any one of our 10 offices to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists, or to ask any specific questions that you might have on your journey to better hearing!