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and other ear conditions such as tinnitus, Meniere’s disease and hyperacusis. Information on causes of hearing loss. Assistive devices for hearing impaired people.

Hearing Loss Specialists Birmingham AL

Hearing loss specialists help patients with hearing tests, hearing consultations, hearing loss diagnosis and more. See below for hearing loss specialists in Birmingham that give access to hearing loss treatments such as wax blockage removal, hearing aids and cochlear implants, as well as advice and content on hearing loss prevention.

Hear Lab
(205) 413-8806
1651 Independence Court Ste 151
Homewood, AL
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Birmingham Speech & Hearing
(205) 413-8830
4 Office Park Circle Ste 301
Birmingham, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Bay Audiology Services, Inc.
(251) 295-9308
6701 Airport Blvd Ste B123
Mobile, AL
Services
Audiometric evaluations, hearing aid sales and service, assistive listening devices, hearing protection etc.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

North Alabama Audiology
(256) 513-6788
117 Longwood Dr Sw Ste A
Huntsville, AL
Services
Hearing LossIdentification, assessment and treatment of hearing impairment.Hearing AidsFitting and orientation of hearing aids.Assistive Living Devices (ALDs)Introduction of assistive devices such as telephone amplifiers, TV Ears, and alerting devices for the home.Ear MoldsCustom ear plugs for swimming and noise protection.Hearing Aid RepairsFactory repairs on most makes and models of hearing devices.
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Earfinity
(888) 707-6249
201 Whitesport Dr SW
Huntsville, AL
Services
Getting an initial evaluation won''t cost a thing. You will have a screening audiometric evaluation which covers important areas not always evaluated in other screenings which will allow Earfinity to point you in the right direction.With discounts from the best hearing aid vendors you will have an opportunity to obtain the state of the art devices for very competitive prices. You will be told if a less expensive hearing aid will work just as well for you considering your type of hearing loss and
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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Alabama Dept Of Voc Rehab Svc
(205) 413-8858
236 Goodwin Crest Dr Bldg 2
Birmingham, AL
Services
Services * Alabama''s Early Intervention System ( AEIS ) * Children''s Rehabilitation Service ( CRS ) * Vocational Rehabilitation Service ( VRS ) * State of Alabama Independent Living / Homebound Service ( SAIL ) Unique in the nation, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is comprised of state and federal programs that provide a continuum of services from birth through life for Alabamians with disabilities. ADRS has four major programs:Alabama''s Early Intervention Syste
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Hear Lab
(205) 413-8806
1651 Independence Court Ste 151
Homewood, AL
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Discovery Hearing Aid Co-Op
(251) 295-9340
4318 Downtowner Loop N Ste K
Mobile, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Birmingham Speech & Hearing
(205) 413-8830
4 Office Park Circle Ste 301
Birmingham, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Adult Vocational
(251) 725-9892
1050 Government St
Mobile, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Hearing Loss Help » Hearing Loss and Following Directions

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A recent study confirmed what I have known for decades, namely, that hard of hearing people often strain so hard to catch the words in instructions that they don’t accurately retain the instructions themselves. So never blame a hard of hearing person for not following your instructions or directions unless you have written them down and given them to the hard of hearing person.

Dr. Arthur Wingfield at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts in a recent article in Current Directions in Psychological Science concluded that older adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss may expend so much cognitive energy on hearing accurately that their ability to remember spoken language suffers as a result.

This is also true of younger people, and those with more severe hearing losses too. I know this well. It has been my experience all my life. (I was born with a severe hearing loss.) I ask a person for directions, but in the process of straining to hear (and understand) them, I spend so much mental effort trying to get the directions straight, that the message itself doesn’t stick in my brain. I may be sure I understand the directions or instructions, but when I go to follow the instructions, I realize I don’t have a clue what I am really supposed to do. This is embarrassing to say the least–so much so that I don’t want to go back and ask for the directions all over again.

Therefore, whenever you are giving instructions or directions to hard of hearing people, you are far better off writing them down at the outset, rather than verbally telling them (likely over and over until you are both frustrated), because hard of hearing people very likely will have garbled your carefully explained directions before they even get out the door!

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Hearing Loss Help » Rate Your Ear Doctor

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

Some people have suggested that I keep a list of the particularly good doctors for treating various ear conditions–and a separate list for the bad ones. I like this suggestion, but I do not have the time to do this either. Furthermore, it is not my focus.

Fortunately, such a service already exists, although I didn’t know about it either until a lady brought it to my attention a few days ago.

Here’s the deal. Go to Rate Your MD  where you can look up doctors by state and see what others have said about them. You are then free to leave your comments, based on your own experiences with this doctor–whether good or bad.

I especially encourage you to leave comments about good ear specialists so others will know who is particularly good for the various ear conditions for which you have gone to that doctor.

As of today, 58,677 doctors have been rated on this site at least once. There are now more than 97,000 ratings on this site with roughly 2,000 to 3,000 being added daily. If this keeps up eventually, people will have a fairly reliable source of finding good doctors and avoiding bad doctors.

As you might expect, the bad doctors are opposed to this site, while the good doctors welcome it.

I encourage you to do your part to warn others of the bad doctors out there, and point them to the competent, caring, knowledgeable doctors that can help them. This is one positive way you can help!

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