Help and Support for Hearing Loss

and other ear conditions such as tinnitus, Meniere’s disease and hyperacusis. Information on causes of hearing loss. Assistive devices for hearing impaired people.

Hearing Aid Manufacturers Birmingham AL

Local resource for hearing aids manufacturers in Birmingham, AL. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to hearing aids, hearing aid devices, local doctors as well as information on hearing centers and content on hearing.

Hear Lab
(205) 413-8806
1651 Independence Court Ste 151
Homewood, AL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Birmingham Speech & Hearing
(205) 413-8830
4 Office Park Circle Ste 301
Birmingham, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Bay Audiology Services, Inc.
(251) 295-9308
6701 Airport Blvd Ste B123
Mobile, AL
Services
Audiometric evaluations, hearing aid sales and service, assistive listening devices, hearing protection etc.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Speech & Hearing Center
(251) 295-9315
5721 USA Drive N Room 1119
Mobile, AL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Adult Vocational
(251) 725-9892
1050 Government St
Mobile, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Alabama Dept Of Voc Rehab Svc
(205) 413-8858
236 Goodwin Crest Dr Bldg 2
Birmingham, AL
Services
Services * Alabama''s Early Intervention System ( AEIS ) * Children''s Rehabilitation Service ( CRS ) * Vocational Rehabilitation Service ( VRS ) * State of Alabama Independent Living / Homebound Service ( SAIL ) Unique in the nation, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is comprised of state and federal programs that provide a continuum of services from birth through life for Alabamians with disabilities. ADRS has four major programs:Alabama''s Early Intervention Syste
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Earfinity
(888) 707-6249
201 Whitesport Dr SW
Huntsville, AL
Services
Getting an initial evaluation won''t cost a thing. You will have a screening audiometric evaluation which covers important areas not always evaluated in other screenings which will allow Earfinity to point you in the right direction.With discounts from the best hearing aid vendors you will have an opportunity to obtain the state of the art devices for very competitive prices. You will be told if a less expensive hearing aid will work just as well for you considering your type of hearing loss and
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Discovery Hearing Aid Co-Op
(251) 295-9340
4318 Downtowner Loop N Ste K
Mobile, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

North Alabama Audiology, Inc
(256) 274-4306
920 6th Ave SE
Decatur, AL
Services
* Hearing Loss Identification, assessment and treatment of hearing impairment. * Hearing Aids Fitting and orientation of hearing aids. * Assistive Living Devices (ALDs) Introduction of assistive devices such as telephone amplifiers, TV Ears, and alerting devices for the home. * Ear Molds Custom ear plugs for swimming and noise protection. * Hearing Aid Repairs Factory repairs on most makes and models of hearing devices.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Naro Audiology & Hearing Solutions
(251) 241-4252
1305 McMillan Ave
Brewton, AL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Hearing Aids Can Help You Hear Better

Hearing Aids

© September 1999 by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. 

Question: Are hearing aids the real answer to help me hear better?

Answer: That’s a good question. Obviously, hearing aids help us hear better by making sounds louder to compensate for our diminished hearing. That is their primary purpose and they do quite a good job of it too in many cases. However, hearing aids do several other things too such as processing sounds and attempting to filter out undesirable noise. Perhaps one of the lesser-known, yet vitally important things they do is to compress sounds to fit our reduced dynamic hearing range. This means they increase the volume of soft sounds, yet at the same time, automatically limit the volume of loud sounds so they don’t hurt our ears.

For example, when I listen to classical music without my hearing aids, the volume appears to vary dramatically. When only the strings are playing I often don’t hear a thing. However, if I turn the volume up to hear these fainter sounds when the whole orchestra fires up that volume hurts my ears. As a result, it is very hard to enjoy such music. However, when wearing my hearing aids, they amplify the soft sounds so I can hear them and at the same time limit the loud sounds so I can bear them. The result is that I enjoy listening to music much more with my hearing aids on.

However, you must realize that as good as modern hearing aids are, you need to remember that they are still only aids to better hearing. They do not restore hearing to normal. Hearing aids are far from perfect. At best they typically only restore your hearing to the equivalent of a mild loss. Many first time hearing aid users don’t like the unnatural sounds they now hear, nor do they like all the noise they now have to try to hear through. This is not so much the fault of the hearing aids as it is of our faulty ears.

You see, when we lose our hearing to some degree or other, strange things happen to our ears at the same time. One of these is that we lose our ability to filter out extraneous noise like we used to. Another is that we no longer hear as clearly as we used to. To us sounds are now "fuzzy". This means that we often cannot distinguish between two words that are similar in frequency—for example "sun" and "fun." Generally the worse our hearing loss is, the fuzzier our hearing becomes.

Therefore, we need more help than just the amplification that hearing aids give us. You must realize that hearing aids alone are not the total answer. You need to combine the help you get with hearing aids with other coping strategies. One of the most effective coping strategies is speechreading. (Lip reading was the old term.) With speechreading the words "fun" and "sun" are relatively easy to distinguish by watching the persons face. For example, I may hear the "un" sound and speechread the "s" or the "f" sound...

Click here to read more from The Center for Hearing Loss Help