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 Olympia WA

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

Audiology/Hear Center
(360) 464-4178
700 Lilly Rd NE
Olympia, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Highline Hearing Professionals (formerly Highline Audiology)
(206) 792-9355
14400 Ambaum Blvd SW Ste G
Burien, WA
Services
We provide maintenance and minor repairs for most hearing aids in our office.When we cannot fix a hearing aid in-house, we can send it to the original manufacturer or to an all-make repair lab. Often the aids can be returned to original specifications. Instruments sent out for repair are generally ready to be picked up in ten days to two weeks.We offer no-charge loaner instruments to patients who must send their hearing aids in for repair.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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South Sound Audiology
(360) 464-2498
420 Lilly Rd NE Ste 102
Olympia, WA
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology/Hear Center
(425) 502-5004
11511 NE 10th St
Bellevue, WA
Services
Group Health Cooperative, together with its subsidiary Group Health Options, Inc., operates in all or parts of 20 counties in Washington and two counties in North Idaho. In Washington, Group Health Cooperative offers coordinated-care plans for both groups and individuals; Clear Care®, our Medicare Advantage plans; and plans for residents who qualify for Healthy Options (Medicaid), Basic Health, and the State Children''s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP).Care is provided by Group Health Permanent
Hours
SundayClosed
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South Seattle Otolaryngology
(206) 792-9324
16259 Sylvester Rd SW Ste 505
Burien, WA
Services
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists, also known as Otolaryngologists, attend to disorders in the ears, nose and throat and associated areas of the neck and base of the skull. Our ENT surgeons have training in otolaryngology with additional specialized training in:Otology (Ear Specialty): * Ear tube placement (PET) * Surgery for chronic ear disease (Mastoidectomy) * Ear drum repair (Tympanoplasty) * Surgery for hearing restoration (Ossiculoplasty, Stapedectomy) * Cauliflower ear
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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South Sound Audiology
(360) 464-2498
420 Lilly Rd NE Ste 102
Olympia, WA
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Huston Hearing
(509) 651-5068
6 W Joseph Ave
Spokane, WA
Services
Hearing exams, Sells , service of all brands, repairs
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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Audiology/Hear Center
(206) 973-3345
304 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA
Services
Diagnostic and Rehabilitative ServicesAssistive listening and signaling devices.Wide array of inexpensive devices to assist in communication needs (television, telephone, alarm clocks, etc.)..Comprehensive Audiological EvaluationsA series of tests to determine hearing ability by air and bone conduction methods, speech identification and understandingCounseling and rehabilitation for patients and their familiesWe help you understand your hearing test results and their implications so that togethe
Hours
SundayClosed
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Island Family Hearing Clinic
(360) 279-1229
380 Se Midway Blvd
Oak Harbor, WA
 
The Hearing Advantage
(360) 930-3322
22180 Olympic College Way St 205
Poulsbo, WA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs): FM SystemsAudiometric evaluations for Children and AdultsBattery salesEar Molds & Swim MoldsHearing aid fittings and evaluationsOtoacoustic EmissionsReal-ear measurement
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,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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