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Hearing Aid Manufacturers Fayetteville AR

Local resource for hearing aids manufacturers in Fayetteville, AR. 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.

Ear Nose Throat Center Of
(479) 202-4260
601 W Maple Ave Ste 213
Springdale, AR
Services
Ear, Nose, and Throat Center of the Ozarks is a full service otolaryngology-head and neck surgery clinic with expertise in treating both children and adults. Our clinic is equipped with modern video and endoscopic diagnostic instrumentation. We provide the most comprehensive range of audiology services in northwest Arkansas including hearing testing, hearing aid dispensing, cochlear implants (adults only), and vestibular (inner-ear balance) testing.Click here for information about our audiology
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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South Arkansas Hearing Services
(870) 663-0172
1408 W 43rd Ave
Pine Bluff, AR
Services
Hearing Evaluations,Dispensing of hearing aids, hearing aid counseling, pediatric hearing evaluations and pediatric hearing aid fitting and hearing repair.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Lynne Raney AuD
(870) 639-4529
613 Thompson Ave
El Dorado, AR
Services
Hearing Testing for children and adults. Hearing aid sales and service.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology & Balance Services
(479) 250-1264
1501 SE Walton Blvd Ste 119
Bentonville, AR
Services
30 Day TrialThe state of Arkansas requires that anyone dispensing hearing aids allow a 30 day trial. This does not have to be free - some manufacturers charge a fee for making the instruments and earmolds also cost the dispenser. Always ask for a trial period. Always ask for a contract that puts everything in writing. If a dispenser refuses to allow you a trial period, do not purchase your aids from them. Balanced Ear usually charges for the trial, although this fee can be waived under certain c
Hours
SundayClosed
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Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(888) 486-0122
10201 Kanis Rd
Little Rock, AR
Services
Arkansas Otolaryngology offers a full range of services for children and adults. We have 16 physicians and a staff of approximately 100. All of our physicians are board certified in otolaryngology. They specialize in ear, nose and throat, head and neck disorders and related problems. Our clinical staff includes licensed and experienced nurses, audiologists, radiological technologists, speech pathologists and a physical therapist. Our physicians have special areas of interest and expertise, inclu
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 PM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Northwest Arkansas ENT Clinic
(479) 616-1798
5204 West Redbud Street
Rogers, AR
Services
Medical and Surgical Treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus and Neck DiseasesHearing Aid Evaluations & FittingsIndustrial Audiology
Hours
Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Conway ENT Clinic
(501) 205-4121
515 Locust St
Conway, AR
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(501) 588-8249
4901 Fairway Ave Ste C
North Little Rock, AR
Services
Arkansas Otolaryngology offers a full range of services for children and adults. We have 16 physicians and a staff of approximately 100. All of our physicians are board certified in otolaryngology. They specialize in ear, nose and throat, head and neck disorders and related problems. Our clinical staff includes licensed and experienced nurses, audiologists, radiological technologists, speech pathologists and a physical therapist. Our physicians have special areas of interest and expertise, inclu
Hours
SundayClosed
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Center For Hearing, Ltd.
(479) 689-4025
4300 Rogers Ave Ste 15
Fort Smith, AR
Services
A diagnostic hearing test identifies auditory disorders that could cause a health concern or interfere with your ability to communicate. Following your test, we’ll give you a complete report of the results along with our recommendations. A typical hearing evaluation consists of: Air and bone conduction testing Helps to determine if a problem with your inner, outer or middle ear is contributing to your hearing difficulties. Speech reception thresholds Discovers the quietest level of spee
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Northwest Arkansas ENT Clinic
(479) 616-1798
5204 West Redbud Street
Rogers, AR
Services
Medical and Surgical Treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus and Neck DiseasesHearing Aid Evaluations & FittingsIndustrial Audiology
Hours
Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,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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