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 Ithaca NY

Local resource for hearing aids manufacturers in Ithaca, NY. 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.

Franziska Racker Centers Inc.
(607) 216-4147
1001 W Seneca St Ste 100
Ithaca, NY
Services
Audiology ClinicAutism TrainingEarly Childhood ServicesSchool Age ServicesAdult ServicesResources for Family
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Audiology Consultants
(888) 759-0131
9 Church St
Cortland, NY
Services
Quality Services Hearing Evaluations Counseling for Hearing Loss Hearing Aid Fitting Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) Audiology Services for Infants and Children Educational Audiology Programs for Students Auditory ProcessingEvaluations (CAP Evaluations) Hearing Aid Repair
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Brooklyn Audiology Assoc. PC
(718) 285-9821
142 Joralemon St Suite 8 B - 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

The Hearing Center
(718) 690-9551
3400 Bainbridge Ave Greene Medical Arts Pavilion
Bronx, NY
Services
•FREE SCREENING: Free demo of the latest technology and free consultation.•Family tradition of serving Long Island hearing-impaired populations for 40 years•Uncompromising pledge of professional service offered by caring staff•Provider of the most technologically advanced digital hearing instruments•Substantial discounts on digital hearing instruments•Serving all hearing populations, from profoundly impaired to those who simply require clarity•Most extensive wa
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

St Mary''s Family Health Center
(518) 620-4604
700 S Perry St
Johnstown, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Cortland Hearing Aids
(888) 790-0230
64 Pomeroy St
Cortland, NY
Services
Provides diagnostic audiological testing which includes comprehensive hearing evaluations, auditory brainstem response testing, otoacoustic emission testing, electronystagmography testing, and vestibular rehabilitation.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Lawrence Hearing LLC
(888) 458-3229
682 E Main St Ste 1A
Middletown, NY
Services
Hearing Services Provided by Qualified, Dedicated Professionals.We offer: Comprehensive Hearing Needs Assessments Hearing Aid Evaluations Hearing Aid Sales and Service Hearing Aid Repairs (all makes & models) Extended Warranties Assistive Listening Devices Hearing Protection Musicians Ear Plugs BatteriesOur Commitment to your success.We are confident in our ability to fit High Quality Hearing Aids that will provide you with years of Better Hearing & Speech
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Advanced Hearing Center
(516) 629-5182
1163 Willis Ave
Albertson, NY
Services
Advanced Hearing Center''s experienced and caring professionals are dedicated to helping you hear well. We are a modern NY audiologist office with an old-fashioned commitment to quality care and personalized service. Our focus is on improving the quality of life of those with hearing loss and those around them. We understand the frustration, anger, and fear that a hearing loss can cause and we can help.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Insurance

New York Hearing Center Inc
(888) 860-8963
128 Mott St Ste 509
New York, NY
Services
A wide range of hearing health care services is available for individuals of all ages. Our professionals are skilled in the areas of childhood hearing loss, adult diagnostic procedures, hearing aid selection and provision, assistive listening technology, listening skills related to learning disabilities, and development of effective communication skills through aural rehabilitation.•Hearing assessment for all ages•Hearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids,
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Harmony Hearing & Speech Center
(718) 577-1093
16124 84th St
Howard Beach, NY
Services
Complete Hearing Tests for adults and childrenHearing Aid Fittings and RepairsAssistive DevicesMost Insurances and Union Plans AcceptedMedicare WelcomeWeekend and Evening HoursHouse Calls Available for Special Situations
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,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