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Hearing Aid Manufacturers Columbus OH

Local resource for hearing aids manufacturers in Columbus, OH. 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.

Ohio State University
(614) 385-1541
1070 Carmack Rd 141 Pressey Hall
Columbus, OH
Services
Audiology Services Include: Audiological Evaluations for Pediatrics and Adults, Auditory Processing Evaluations, Tinnitus Evaluations, Hearing Aid Sales and Service, Assistive Listening Devices, Custom Hearing Conservation and Swim Molds
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Luebbe Hearing Aid Center Inc.
(614) 454-3599
5074 N High St
Columbus, OH
Services
Diagnostic TestingTinnitus Evaluation and TreatmentDispensing of Digital Hearing AidsHearing Aid Checks and ServicingAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Earzlink Hearing Care
(614) 385-1540
6500 E Main St
Reynoldsburg, OH
Services
Hearing EvaluationsThis is the first step needed to identify whether or not a hearing loss is present. We start with an otoscopic inspection of your ear canal and tympanic membrane (eardrum), to ensure that there are no obstructions or abnormalities.Followed by... Sound Field testing: a series of one-syllable words presented at normal conversation volume measuring your initial speech discrimination ability.Air Conduction testing: a series of tones at different volumes and frequencies, testing ho
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SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Delaware Speech & Hearing Ctr.
(740) 513-2603
494 W Central Ave
Delaware, OH
Services
In 1959 the Delaware City-County Speech and Hearing Center was founded.The Center began providing testing and basic services at the local health department 25 hours per week. At that time, only six cities within the state of Ohio had speech and hearing centers in operation. The Ohio Department of Health supported the Center financially for two years as a pilot study, after which the Center was expected to rely on local funding. Our programs expanded in 1968 to include full time Speech Pathology
Hours
SundayClosed
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Cleveland Hearing And Speech
(216) 586-3149
11635 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Services
Hearing and Hearing Loss Hearing Testing Auditory Processing Testing Hearing Aids Other Listening Devices Noise and Hearing Conservation Community Outreach and Education
Hours
SundayClosed
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Columbus Speech And Hearing
(614) 569-0113
510 E North Broadway St
Columbus, OH
Hours
SundayClosed
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Integrated Hearing Health
(614) 335-4104
870 N High St Ste 105
Columbus, OH
Services
Hearing evaluations for infants, children and adults.Hearing aid consultations, sales, fitting, and repair.Auditory processing testingCustom hearing protection for noise, music, swimming.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Cleveland Clinic - Solon
(440) 287-7658
29800 Bainbridge Rd
Solon, OH
Hours
SundayClosed
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Ohio ENT Associates
(330) 357-5019
6693 N Chestnut St Ste 215
Ravenna, OH
Services
Allergies and hay fever, cholesteatoma, earaches, ear tubes, hearing loss, nosebleeds, perforated eardrum, swallowing disorders, swimmer''s ear, thyroid, tinnitus, tonsils and adenoids, sinusitis, sleep, snoring, sinus, voice, skin care.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Akron Ent Hearing Service
(330) 752-6740
395 E Market St
Akron, OH
Services
OUR SERVICESHearing Aids (Digital, Programmable, and Standard)Hearing Aid RepairHearing Aid CleaningBatteriesVestibular Rehabilitation TherapySwim PlugsMusician PlugsHearing ProtectionCustom products for cell phone useAssistive Listening DevicesTESTINGComprehensive Hearing EvaluationsBalance/Vestibular AssessmentBrainstem Evoked Response AudiometryCentral Auditory Processing AssessmentTinnitus Assessment
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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...

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