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 Oakland CA

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 Oakland that give access to hearing protection dispensing, hearing enhancement, as well as advice and content on assistive listening devices.

Berkeley Hearing Center
(510) 292-4351
2118 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
Services
Hearing Screenings offer a quick way to determine if your hearing thresholds are within the normal range, and if more in-depth testing is needed.Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations provide a more comprehensive assessment of your hearing thresholds and speech understanding ability, as well as the overall status of the auditory system. Hearing Aid Consultations allow a personalized selection of the type of amplification that best suits your needs, based upon your hearing thresholds, listening environme
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing & Low Vision Solutions
(415) 508-4751
2480 Mission St Ste 101
San Francisco, CA
Services
Hearing tests.Sales,service & repairs on most major brands. Assistive listening devices, batteries. Se Habla Espanol.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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CSG Better Hearing, Inc.
(925) 478-3927
31 Panoramic Way First Floor
Walnut Creek, CA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Musicians Hearing Services
(415) 418-7354
2220 15th St
San Francisco, CA
Services
AUDIOLOGIC SERVICESHearing EvaluationEar ImpressionsIn-Ear Monitor ConsultationIn-ear Sound Level Measurement/Recommendations for safe in-ear monitor use Referral for medical follow-up, oto-acoustic emissions testing, high frequency audiometry, tinnitus management, hearing aids Mobile/On-Site services: All non-referral audiology services are available on-site at rehearsal spaces, recording studios and music venues.
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SundayClosed
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San Francisco Audiology
(415) 418-7308
2100 Webster St Ste 202
San Francisco, CA
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SundayClosed
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Golden Gate Hearing Services
(415) 691-4957
1400 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA
Services
Diagnostic Audiometric evaluations, Hearing aid evaluations, custom earplugs, monitors, swim plugs.
Hours
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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Jeanette White Hearing Aid Center
(415) 691-6386
490 Post St Ste 526
San Francisco, CA
Services
Hearing instrument sales. Hearing testing. Repairing hearing instruments. Servicing of hearing instruments. Hearing instrument analysis to confirm correct fitting. We do custom earmold for swim plug, musician, law enforcement and news anchor.
Hours
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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Audiological Services of San Francisco
(415) 691-4958
3150 California St Ste 1
San Francisco, CA
Services
1. Audiological EvaluationThis consists of a number of tasks (pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry and impedance testing) performed in a sound-proof room, designed to determine which sounds of speech you can hear and how well you can distinguish differences between similar words such as tips, pits, fits, thin. Impedance measures the integrity of the middle ear system to determine how well the eardrum functions, to check if there is fluid behind the eardrum or to determine if there might be ot
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
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Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California
(415) 691-6307
1234 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA
Services
Adult hearing testing (audiogram, speech reception and word recognition testing).Pediatric audiologic testing (evaluation of children of all ages including any or all of the following special procedures auditory evoked potentials, otoacoustic emissions, visual reinforcement audiometry, and conditioned play audiometry).Imittance measures (assessment of middle ear system and acoustic reflexes).Otoacoustic emission (transient and distortion-based techniques to investigate cochlear function).Auditor
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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East Bay Hearing Service
(510) 342-3845
1260 A St Ste 100
Hayward, CA
Hours
SundayClosed
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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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