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Choosing Hearing Instruments

Cheryl Drost, Au.D.
Wyoming Otolaryngology
Casper, Wyoming

We are all familiar with the mantra, “When purchasing real estate, base your decision on Location, Location, Location.” Similarly, when making a decision to purchase hearing instruments (formerly referred to as hearing aids), follow three simple rules: provider, product and service.

Finding a provider of hearing instruments can be confusing. There are a plethora of acronyms used by those who offer hearing instruments for sale. Some have extensive education and credentials; others may have more of a sales orientation. In the recent past, Consumer Reports suggests finding a provider who is part of a medical practice—specifically, an Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) practice, specializing in hearing healthcare. This is important since hearing loss can be caused by a variety of situations. An Otolaryngology practice with an Audiology component can best serve your complete hearing healthcare needs. Since it is actually your brain that does the hearing, not just your ears, you want to make sure your provider understands the whole picture.

Choosing a brand of hearing instruments can be mind-boggling. First and foremost, rely on the recommendation of your audiologist (see above). AVOID NO NAME OR PRIVATE LABEL BRANDS of hearing instruments. Lately, it seems like everyone wants to sell hearing instruments—from the internet to big discount operations. Many of these offerings are proprietary or private label brand, which can only be serviced or programmed by those who sell them. Be certain your hearing instruments are from a reputable national company. Its engineers spend years on research and development to ensure hearing instruments are Best of Class and leading technology. Virtually all top hearing instruments have Bluetooth capability to enhance your enjoyment and use of televisions and cell phones as well as music.

Last and equally important is service. For example, consider you are out of town at a conference and your hearing instruments malfunction. Now what? By choosing the right brand ahead of time, you can find an audiologist, who can service and program your hearing instruments in the city you are visiting. Also, imagine traveling on business to a remote part of the country, preparing for a big presentation and finding your hearing instruments are not working. You need service now! Make the right choice at the beginning of your hearing instruments selection, and your stress level will go way down.

There are the basics of choosing hearing instruments.

If you just remember provider, product and service, then you will have smooth sailing no matter where your boat is going.

Call 307-577-4240 to schedule a hearing consultation.


The Benefits of Checking Your Hearing

“We’ve gone down probably 40 notches on the TV. You know how that goes”, Chris Crossen a patient said.

Chris Crossen couldn’t hear sounds like a siren or the TV or worse his kids.

“Not being able to hear all the things that go on or happen in the back seat of a car was a concern to me”, Crossen said.

Crossen finally sought help for his hearing loss after 10 years of stubborn denial. Since getting hearing instruments, he feels it has changed his life.

“Being more alert sleeping a heck of a lot better because I wasn’t spending so much energy during the day trying to hearing so those were big things right there”, Crossen said.

But getting checked and getting hearing instruments can be costly.
Doctor Cheryl Drost says many insurance companies provide help to cover the costs and there is local assistance available. She says you don’t have to spend your life savings getting help.

“The help comes from often is the office you work with to make sure they’re there to support you to show you how to use it re-instruct you if you need help or if you come in to a problem they’re going to be there”, Dr. Cheryl Drost an audiologist said.

Crossen says it was his best investment.

“It’s the best investment I’ve ever made as far as in my health no doubt about it after 4 years of having the hearing instruments”, Crossen said.

And a big part of that includes his Bluetooth hearing instrument which allows hearing from both ears and to be hands-free.

Since getting the hearing instruments, 4 years ago, Crossen says his hearing has improved dramatically and the tinnitus has decreased significantly.

Drost says to get checked if you have any signs of hearing loss but recommends anyone over the age 40 to get checked once a year. Medicare also covers diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor or other health care provider orders these tests.

Call 307-577-4240 to schedule a hearing consultation.