When Miracle-Ear was founded more than half-a-century ago — and even into more recent decades — hearing aids were often big, bulky and unsophisticated. Many people who actually needed hearing aids would forgo wearing them because they felt the aids amplified everything too loudly, or they didn’t actually help them understand conversations any better. Of course, many people were well served by these kinds of hearing aids in Dayton, but others preferred to live in a more soundless world than wear the devices.
Unfortunately, many men and women still have this antiquated notion of Dayton hearing aids, and put off getting help because they either think the devices aren’t worth the hassle or they’re worried about the effect hearing aids will have on their appearance. Scott Beall, who owns several Miracle-Ear hearing centers in the area and has worked in the hearing business for three decades, says that today’s available hearing aids in Dayton are small, sophisticated pieces of technology. In fact, they’re more like computers than anything.
Each set of hearing aids in Dayton is custom programmed to the exact needs of each individual patient. Beall’s hearing specialists use a new piece of technology to help them do this. It’s called the Avant Real Ear Measurement System, and it allows them to tell what the patients are really hearing with their new hearing aids in place. Then, they can make precise, subtle adjustments to the hearing aids so they can better serve the patients. These hearing aids can regulate their own amplification levels now — many don’t even have a volume toggle on them anymore. A number of hearing aid models fit completely inside the ear canal, rendering them virtually invisible to outside observers. Other patients opt for an over-the-ear model, which has also been vastly miniaturized from decades past.
Once patients are fitted for their new hearing aids, it’s only the first step in a long, fruitful relationship with Miracle-Ear. Beall encourages new wearers to return to the center a few times in those initial months to make sure the aids are working properly. Then, the patients come in every three months for a complimentary cleaning and checkup. They can also take advantage of yearly, free hearing tests, which will track their hearing loss and clue the specialists into any changing needs.
“We can take a little problem and fix it before it becomes a bigger problem,” Beall says of Miracle-Ear’s comprehensive customer service. “It’s really good practice.”
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