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Hearing Aid Manufacturers Waterloo IA

Local resource for hearing aids manufacturers in Waterloo, IA. 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.

Iowa Hearing Clinics
(319) 493-3257
2055 Kimball Ave Ste 300
Waterloo, IA
Services
The hearing products offered by Iowa Hearing Clinics represent an array of choices which means we can target the best technology to meet your need.
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SundayClosed
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Outpatient Therapy Services
(515) 657-6470
1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 308
Des Moines, IA
Services
ServicesIowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran, Blank Children''s Hospital, and Methodist West Hospital are home to a wide variety of skilled and knowledgeable healthcare professionals in all areas of patient care. Explore Our Centers Of ExcellenceBlank Children''s HospitalWeight Loss SurgeryCardiac, Vascular & LungMaternity ServicesJohn Stoddard Cancer CenterOrthopaedic Services Explore Our ServicesTo search for a service, type the service you are looking for into the search box. The search box will dis
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Kayser Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6467
3529 E 26th St
Des Moines, IA
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Berry Hearing Aid & Audiology Centers
(888) 903-4460
9 N 18th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Services
Hearing Evaluations for infants through adults, hearing aid sales & service, aural habilitation, assistive listening devices, swim molds, custom sound protection molds, etc.
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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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Dubuque Otolaryngology
(888) 430-8029
310 N Grandview Ave
Dubuque, IA
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Allergy & sinus relief: complete & convenientSinus headaches, stuffy noses, allergy symptoms... most of us get them from time to time. But when sinus pain and pressure or serious allergy problems start interfering with your quality of life, it’s definitely time to see us. Our doctors, particularly Drs. Benda and White, offer the latest medical treatment and state-of-the-art surgical care to treat even the toughest sinus problems. Dr. Benda, our allergy specialist, and our allergy clinic te
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On-Site Hearing
(319) 493-3253
1835 Downing Ave
Waterloo, IA
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Dennis Porto M.D.
(515) 657-6675
6000 University Ave Ste 230
West Des Moines, IA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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McFarland Clinic PC
(888) 588-1190
1215 Duff Ave PO Box 3014
Ames, IA
Services
Medical Specialties Medical Services Adult Medicine Audiology Allergy - Immunology Breast Center/Mammography Anesthesiology Clinical Research Cardiology Eye Wear Services Dermatology/Mohs Surgery Hearing Aid Evaluations Emergency Medicine International Travel Clinic Endocrinology/Metabolism Laboratory Family Medicine Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine Gastroenterology - Sports Enhancement Program Gerontology Technical Services Hematology and Oncology Urgent Care Infectious Disease Vein Clinic N
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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 ,Saturday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Parker Audiology PC
(888) 454-2603
1640 W Locust St
Davenport, IA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Iowa Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers
(888) 472-8592
214 S Iowa Ave
Washington, IA
Services
Hearing evaluation by Doctors of Audiology at all sites. Diagnosis and audiologic management/treatment of hearing problems Hearing aid prescription and fitting, using the latest digital hearing aid technology available. Speech mapping - documentation of hearing benefits Personalized Auditory Rehabilitation Program Comprehensive Patient Care Program Ear cleaning (wax removal) In-home, nursing home and hospital evaluations and follow up In-house hearing aid repair lab Handicapped accessibility at
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,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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