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Hearing Aid Manufacturers Oakland CA

Local resource for hearing aids manufacturers in Oakland, CA. 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.

Berkeley Hearing Center
(510) 292-4351
2118 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
Services
Hearing Screenings offer a quick way to determine if your hearing thresholds are within the normal range, and if more in-depth testing is needed.Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations provide a more comprehensive assessment of your hearing thresholds and speech understanding ability, as well as the overall status of the auditory system. Hearing Aid Consultations allow a personalized selection of the type of amplification that best suits your needs, based upon your hearing thresholds, listening environme
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Golden Gate Hearing Services
(415) 691-4957
1400 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA
Services
Diagnostic Audiometric evaluations, Hearing aid evaluations, custom earplugs, monitors, swim plugs.
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing & Low Vision Solutions
(415) 508-4751
2480 Mission St Ste 101
San Francisco, CA
Services
Hearing tests.Sales,service & repairs on most major brands. Assistive listening devices, batteries. Se Habla Espanol.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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San Francisco Audiology
(415) 418-7308
2100 Webster St Ste 202
San Francisco, CA
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Musicians Hearing Services
(415) 418-7354
2220 15th St
San Francisco, CA
Services
AUDIOLOGIC SERVICESHearing EvaluationEar ImpressionsIn-Ear Monitor ConsultationIn-ear Sound Level Measurement/Recommendations for safe in-ear monitor use Referral for medical follow-up, oto-acoustic emissions testing, high frequency audiometry, tinnitus management, hearing aids Mobile/On-Site services: All non-referral audiology services are available on-site at rehearsal spaces, recording studios and music venues.
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CSG Better Hearing, Inc.
(925) 478-3927
31 Panoramic Way First Floor
Walnut Creek, CA
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Jeanette White Hearing Aid Center
(415) 691-6386
490 Post St Ste 526
San Francisco, CA
Services
Hearing instrument sales. Hearing testing. Repairing hearing instruments. Servicing of hearing instruments. Hearing instrument analysis to confirm correct fitting. We do custom earmold for swim plug, musician, law enforcement and news anchor.
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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiological Services of San Francisco
(415) 691-4958
3150 California St Ste 1
San Francisco, CA
Services
1. Audiological EvaluationThis consists of a number of tasks (pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry and impedance testing) performed in a sound-proof room, designed to determine which sounds of speech you can hear and how well you can distinguish differences between similar words such as tips, pits, fits, thin. Impedance measures the integrity of the middle ear system to determine how well the eardrum functions, to check if there is fluid behind the eardrum or to determine if there might be ot
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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
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East Bay Hearing Service
(510) 342-3845
1260 A St Ste 100
Hayward, CA
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Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California
(415) 691-6307
1234 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA
Services
Adult hearing testing (audiogram, speech reception and word recognition testing).Pediatric audiologic testing (evaluation of children of all ages including any or all of the following special procedures auditory evoked potentials, otoacoustic emissions, visual reinforcement audiometry, and conditioned play audiometry).Imittance measures (assessment of middle ear system and acoustic reflexes).Otoacoustic emission (transient and distortion-based techniques to investigate cochlear function).Auditor
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM 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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