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Hearing Aid Manufacturers Washington DC

Local resource for hearing aids manufacturers in Washington, DC. 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.

Gallaudet University, MTB
(202) 683-7240
800 Florida Ave NE SLCC RM 2200
Washington, DC
Services
Gallaudet University faculty, staff and students currently receive services for hearing aid evaluations, fittings and adjustments free of charge and also receive a discount on the cost of all new hearing aids and earmolds.Alumni and IMMEDIATE family members (spouses/partners, parents, children) of faculty, full-time staff and students also receive a discount on the cost of new hearing aids (digital technology only).
Hours
SundayClosed
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GWU Speech & Hearing Center
(202) 470-1697
2115 G St NW Ste B 01 Corner G & 21st St
Washington, DC
Services
Comprehensive hearing evaluationsHearing Aid Demo''s, Sales, ServiceALD/FM Demo''s, Sales, ServiceAural Rehabilitation for hearing aid usersAuditory Training Rehabilitation for cochlear implanteesCochlear Implant mapping (Cochlear Nucleus products)
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 - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Washington Hospital Center
(202) 683-7256
110 Irving St NW Rm GA102
Washington, DC
Services
Clinical ServicesAnesthesiology Center for Breast Health Cancer Cardiology Colorectal Cancer and Surgery Dermatology Ear Nose and Throat Specialists Gastroenterology Geriatrics and Long-Term Care General Internal Medicine Hearing & Speech Endocrinology Heart Services Hematology Oncology Infectious Diseases Interventional Radiology Medical Imaging Melanoma Center Nephrology Neuroscience Institute Nuclear Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology Ophthalmology Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Orthodontics
Hours
SundayClosed
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Georgetown University Hospital
(202) 470-1267
2115 Wisconsin Ave Second Floor
Washington, DC
Services
At Georgetown University Hospital, we know that not all heart cases are textbook. The challenges of managing complex heart failure, arrhythmia and recurring coronary artery disease require advanced knowledge and expertise that are difficult to maintain.
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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V. Patrick Mahat, MD PC
(202) 609-7950
3301 New Mexico Ave NW Ste 310
Washington, DC
Hours
SundayOpen by Appointment ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Medical Faculty Associates Inc
(202) 684-7951
2021 K St NW Ste 312
Washington, DC
Hours
SundayClosed
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ENT Medical Grp Of Washington
(202) 683-7277
2021 K St NW Ste 210
Washington, DC
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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DC Audiology
(202) 470-3873
2440 M St NW Ste 606
Washington, DC
Services
Patient privacy and record confidentiality are high-priorities at DC Audiology. Implementing a digital office required addressing security and privacy issues from the onset. Our equipment and network, including Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology, was designed around two requirements--reliability and security. Redundant servers and backup along with constantly updated and monitored security measures have proven successful. We have had no loss or corruption of patient information and no
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Health Care, P.L.C.
(703) 539-5036
611 S Carlin Springs Rd Ste 106
Arlington, VA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALD''s) DemonstrationsAural RehabilitationComprehensive Audiological TestingHearing aid AccessoriesHearing Aid Checks/CleaningsHearing Aid ConsultationsHearing Aid Repairs/RemakesHearing Protection DevicesHigh Frequency AudiometryTo monitor ototoxicityImmittance TestingOtoacoustic
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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University Of Maryland
(301) 850-1212
Le Frak Hall Room 0100
College Park, MD
Services
The Department''s Speech and Hearing Clinic provides speech, language, and hearing services for individuals with communication disorders. Individuals can be of any age. The clinic includes a Language-Learning Early-Advantage Program (LEAP), which offers communication enrichment for children between the ages of three and five and especially welcomes children with speech and/or language delays only or children learning English as a second language.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 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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