Hearing Aid Technology
We believe it is important to stay ahead of the latest trends and technology in the hearing industry so we can continue to provide our clients with the expert care they deserve. We attend trainings on the latest hearing aid technology so we can continue to offer you the best possible hearing healthcare experience.
We are excited to offer the newest hearing aid technology from Signia: The Signia AX. The Signia AX will change the way you hear the world by using augmented hearing. With a revolutionary split processing chip, the Signia AX uses two independent processors to help you hear better, even in the most complex listening environments. Sounds will be crisper and clearer while background noise is kept in the background.
Try the Signia AX for yourself.
Hearing Aid Styles
We select hearing aids and styles based upon their ability to address your needs and our ability to adjust the devices to optimize your hearing.
We provide all of the styles available from the manufacturers. Different styles work better for different types and degrees of hearing loss. During the “demo” we will guide you to styles that will optimally address your needs.
Manufacturers have developed different hearing aid models based upon the number and type of digital processing features they contain. They do this for pricing purposes. Some of these features greatly contribute to the effectiveness of the instrument. Others have little positive effect. We select models that suit your hearing and pricing needs.
Understanding Your Hearing Test
Today’s hearing aids are capable of more settings than there are atoms in the universe. Many have the capacity to be customized to your personal needs. They are designed to be easy to fit, however, fitting them properly for individuals requires special skill.
All hearing aids are not equal.
We primarily choose Signia hearing aids. We regularly evaluate the latest hearing-aid technology and are free to purchase from any manufacturer. In an industry focused heavily on sales, Signia currently stands out in technological quality. In our experience:
- Signia has the best-engineered sound processors in their hearing aids.
- Signia devices provide us with the best hearing-aid-tuning software allowing us to sound-engineer optimized custom prescriptions for people.
- Our clients hear well with Signia hearing aids.
- Signia hearing aids are as invisible and affordable as those from any other major manufacturer.
In 1984 Dr. Shlomo Silman demonstrated that when hearing-impaired people wore only one hearing aid, their brains lost the ability to hear speech clearly from the side that was not receiving sound stimulation.
In other words, if you don’t use the ear, you lose the ability to hear speech clearly.
When Dr. Gil first opened his office in Walnut Creek, he was shocked to find very low speech understanding scores with the new clients coming into his office.
He discovered, they were all grossly misfit and most were under-fit.
He knew long-term sound deprivation resulted in withdrawal, psychological ailments, cognitive deficiencies, and a host of issues that made a person prematurely aged.
Properly fit hearing aids can reduce these deprivation created ailments. In many cases, individuals recover their cognitive abilities with proper hearing correction.
“Getting Hearing Aids” vs. “Getting
When a person becomes aware of their hearing problem, often they assume getting hearing aids is the proper decision. Dr. Magilen makes a clear distinction between “getting hearing aids” and “getting hearing correction.”
“Getting hearing aids” means finding the right model, provider, price, size, and features that satisfy the consumer’s taste and budget. The hearing aids are fit with formulas that are primarily based upon “hearing loss” alone. Getting such hearing aids merely requires the assistance of providers who deliver on a trial-and-error basis a variety of devices until the client finds one that is more satisfactory than the rest. The results are generally hit or miss.
“Getting hearing correction” means obtaining the hearing aids and services that optimally relieve the hearing-impaired individual’s hearing problems. Hearing aids are selected and sound engineered to optimally address the audibility, neural and cognitive components of the individual’s hearing impairment. That requires the assistance of a knowledgeable and skilled professional.
Unfortunately, the hearing-aid dispensing industry is not truly focused on correcting the underlying the problem…it is primarily a sales industry. In addition, the prevailing theory for how hearing aids should be fit, focusing on adjusting for “hearing loss,” is also seriously flawed. For that reason it is difficult to find hearing-aid providers with the scientific and technical background to address the neuro-cognitive components associated with hearing impairment. This is why Consumer Reports found “a fragmented and confusing marketplace and difficulty sorting out good hearing-aid providers from less-capable ones…” The hearing aid industry and the audiology communities have been unable to develop an effective standard of practice.