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Hearing Aid Manufacturers Olympia WA

Local resource for hearing aids manufacturers in Olympia, WA. 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.

South Sound Audiology
(360) 464-2498
420 Lilly Rd NE Ste 102
Olympia, WA
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Clinic
(360) 450-2508
505 Ne 87th Ave Ste 150
Vancouver, WA
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss i
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Nicholas Hamill, M.D.
(253) 777-3138
1901 S Union B2010
Tacoma, WA
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 - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Columbia Basin Hearing & Balance Center
(509) 591-0224
1149 N Edison St Ste D
Kennewick, WA
Services
Audiological Evaluation,Hearing Aid Services,Vestibular Evaluation,Fall Risk Assessment,Tinnitus Evaluation,Pediatric Evaluation,APD Evaluation
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
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The Vancouver Clinic Inc PS
(360) 335-3075
2525 NE 139th St Ste 220
Vancouver, WA
Services
* Allergy/ImmunologyThe Allergy and Immunology Clinic offers comprehensive management of allergic, asthmatic and immunologic disorders in children and adults. They also offer skin testing, testing for asthma and allergy injections. * Oncology (Cancer Care)Our department treats a full range of cancer including: * Lung Cancer * Colorectal Cancer * Breast Cancer * Lymphoma * Hematologic CancerWe also participate in clinical trials. * Audiology * Hearing tests * Hearing
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 ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology/Hear Center
(360) 464-4178
700 Lilly Rd NE
Olympia, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Evergreen Audiology Clinic
(360) 450-6160
16209 SE McGillivray Blvd Ste M
Vancouver, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Virginia Mason South
(253) 336-4546
33501 1st Way S
Federal Way, WA
Services
Anesthesiology, Anticoagulation Clinic, Asthma/Allergy, Audiology, Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery, Bone Density Scanning, Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, CT Scans, Cardiology, Cochlear Implants, Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatology, Diabetes Care, Endocrinology, Eye Care, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Gynecology, Head & Neck Surgery, Headache Clinic, Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention, Laboratory facilities, Lung Cancer, MRI, Mammography, Nephrology, Neurology, Nutrition Servi
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 01:30 PM
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Harbor Audiology And Hearing
(253) 292-5202
4700 Point Fosdick Dr Nw Ste 212
Gig Harbor, WA
Services
Free hearing aid consults with valid audiogramsAll hearing instruments are fitted on a 30-day initial basisGuaranteed successful fittingsAccess to the most technologically advanced instruments availableIn-house and manufacturer modifications and repairsOffice visits included throughout warranty period of the instrumentComplete Hearing Health Care * Batteries provided for the life of your hearing instruments * Quarterly cleanings and adjustments * Yearly audiometric screenings * Yearl
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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Advantage
(360) 930-3322
22180 Olympic College Way St 205
Poulsbo, WA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs): FM SystemsAudiometric evaluations for Children and AdultsBattery salesEar Molds & Swim MoldsHearing aid fittings and evaluationsOtoacoustic EmissionsReal-ear measurement
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 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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