Help and Support for Hearing Loss

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 Treatments Center Des Moines IA

Hearing loss treatments centers provide services including comprehensive audiological evaluations, acoustic immittance measures, auditory brainstem testing, hearing aid testing and more. See below for local businesses in Des Moines that give access to hearing protection dispensing, hearing enhancement, as well as advice and content on assistive listening devices.

Iowa Audiology & Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6471
3901 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
Services
The main office of Iowa Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers has been at the same location since it was founded in 1981. We offer a long list of exclusive services available only from professional audiologists with many years of education and experience in this increasingly technological field.# 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 tech
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Mercy E N T Clinic
(515) 657-6472
1601 NW 114th St Ste 230
Clive, IA
Services
Services offered are:-Family Practice - Care of the whole family & adult immunizationInternal Medicine - Primary care for adults. Specializing in chronic illness carePediatrics - Care & immunization for childrenSurgery - Bariatric Surgery and Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center Breast Surgery and Katzmann Breast Clinic Colo-rectal Surgery General Surgery Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery) Trauma Surgery Gynecologic Oncology Surgery - Specializing in women'
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Kayser Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6467
3529 E 26th St
Des Moines, IA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Dubuque Otolaryngology
(888) 430-8029
310 N Grandview Ave
Dubuque, IA
Services
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
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mid-State Hearing Aid Center
(319) 471-4215
417 10th Ave
Coralville, IA
Hours
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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SundayClosed
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Dennis Porto M.D.
(515) 657-6675
6000 University Ave Ste 230
West Des Moines, IA
Hours
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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The Iowa Clinic ENT PC
(515) 657-6469
5950 University Ave Ste 265
West Des Moines, IA
Services
* Allergy * Audiology * Cardiology * Diagnostic Breast Imaging * Ear, Nose & Throat * Endoscopy Center * Gastroenterology * General Surgery * Internal Medicine * Medical Imaging * Obstetrics & Gynecology * Oncology Consultations * Orthopaedics * Pain Management * Pathology * Physical Therapy * Plastic Surgery * Podiatry * Surgical Breast Care * Surgical Oncology * Vascular Surgery * Women''s CenterLaser Services Available at The Iow
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 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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Hearing Associates PC
(866) 963-1574
250 S Crescent Dr
Mason City, IA
Services
At Hearing Associates our licensed audiologists offer comprehensive services for all of your hearing needs. We perform hearing evaluations on individuals of all ages, ranging from newborns to adults. Our state-of-the-art Life Sound Suites simulate real-life situations to better understand and analyze the communication difficulties experienced in our patients’ daily activities. Our full list of audiological services includes:
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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Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic
(712) 587-9304
320 McKenzie Ave Ste 202
Council Bluffs, IA
Services
Balance and vestibular evaluationsHearing evaluations for infants, children and adultsHearing aid dispensingAssistive listening devices
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Loss Help » Seven Myths Hearing People Harbor Concerning Hard of Hearing People

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

Hearing loss is typically misunderstood by the general population. Thus, it is not surprising that many hearing people have bought into the following 7 myths regarding hearing loss and the people with these losses.

Myth No. 1. Hard of hearing people are less intelligent than “hearing” people. Thus, they attach this social stigma to having a hearing loss. This myth is so deeply ingrained in the general population that even today most hard of hearing people refuse to wear hearing aids for fear of being thought stupid. The truth is, hard of hearing people are just like other people. Some are smart and some are not. Don’t blame any perceived lack of intelligence on hearing loss. Place the blame where it should be—on communication difficulties.

Myth No. 2. Wearing hearing aids returns hearing to normal. Not true. Hearing aids can improve hearing—typically reducing the hearing loss by half—but never bring it up to normal. Thus hard of hearing people still have a hearing loss even when wearing their hearing aids. They often need to supplement what they hear by using assistive devices, by speechreading and by using other effective hearing loss coping strategies.

Myth No. 3. Hard of hearing people have selective hearing. They only hear what they want to hear, but they can hear if they really want to. While it is true that hard of hearing people do indeed have selective hearing, it is not because they don’t pay attention. Rather, it is because their ears do not hear certain frequencies of sounds. They have no choice over which sounds they hear and don’t hear.

Myth No. 4. Only old people have a hearing loss. Not true. Because of excessive noise exposure, taking medications that damage ears, ear infections and other factors, hearing loss affects children, adults and seniors alike. One study showed that on any given day, 15% of the children in elementary schools have a significant hearing loss.

Myth No. 5. When you have a hearing loss you somehow (magically) become a good lip reader. Thus, since hard of hearing people can read lips, it doesn’t matter whether they hear or not. Fact: lip reading, (now more correctly called speechreading) while invaluable, is far from perfect. Only about 30% of English sounds can be easily read on a person’s lips. That leaves the hard of hearing person guessing at the remaining 70%. While a few are remarkably good at this, no one is perfect.

Myth No. 6. If a hard of hearing person can’t hear you, raise your voice at them. The truth is, most hard of hearing people need you to speak up just a bit, but they really want you to face them, then speak slowly and enunciate clearly. This is because when you lose some of you...

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