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Hearing Aid Manufacturers Rapid City SD

Local resource for hearing aids manufacturers in Rapid City, SD. 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.

Mountain Plains
(605) 593-4701
1522 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Hearing Health Clinics
(605) 277-4648
16 5th St NE
Watertown, SD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mc Kennan Hospital
(605) 610-2500
1325 S Cliff Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Stanford Hearing Aids
(605) 610-2473
301 W 14th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
Audiological and Hearing Aid Services
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Centers
(888) 430-3450
3801 S Western Ave Ste 105
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
Assistive Listening Devices,Battery Program,Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations,Hearing Aid Clean and Checks,Hearing Aid Demonstrations,Hearing Aid Evaluations,Hearing Aid Fittings,Hearing Aid Repair Service,Hearing Health Club,Loaner Hearing Aids,Noise Protection,Tinnitus Diagnostics and Management,Video-Otoscopy and Wax Removal
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Regional Hearing Center
(605) 593-4731
640 Flormann St
Rapid City, SD
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy)Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol):Pure tone Air and Bone Speech threshold scrimination Tympanograms Reflexese tone air o Central Auditory Processing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation Central Processing test batSpeech in noise comprehension testingHINT (Used by some government agencies)SPRINT (Military)Quick SAided thresholds
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Hearing Health Clinics Midwest Inc.
(605) 277-9343
1315 6th Ave SE
Aberdeen, SD
Services
Hearing Evaluation:Otoscopic Examination Air Conduction Threshold Most Comfortable Listening Level (MCL)Uncomfortable Loudness Level (UCL)Extensive Testing:Word Recognition (WR) (or Speech Discrimination (SD) Testing)Bone Conduction ThresholdMaskingTests of Middle Ear FunctionOther Services:Work and School ScreeningsHearing Instrument Adjustments Dispensing Hearing InstrumentsHearing Instrument Maintenance and Repair Hearing Instrument Loaner Program Hearing instrument accessories Ear care produ
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,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Professional Hearing Service
(605) 884-9426
405 18th Ave NE
Watertown, SD
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mountain Plains
(605) 593-4701
1522 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Regional Hearing Center
(605) 593-4731
640 Flormann St
Rapid City, SD
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy)Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol):Pure tone Air and Bone Speech threshold scrimination Tympanograms Reflexese tone air o Central Auditory Processing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation Central Processing test batSpeech in noise comprehension testingHINT (Used by some government agencies)SPRINT (Military)Quick SAided thresholds
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,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...

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