At her Daytona area hearing aid locations, Donna Ebert fits instruments to customers from all different age groups and backgrounds. While some have simply fallen victim to degenerative hearing through age and genetics, others have had extensive damage to their hearing in factories, from recreational activities, or through military service. In fact, Miracle-Ear has found more people today under the retirement age have hearing loss than those above retirement age.
Taking the customer’s needs, degree of hearing loss and lifestyle into account, Ebert will recommend the best device and settings to improve their quality of life.
Importance of the free initial hearing test
At the free initial hearing test, the Daytona hearing aid specialist and her staff will administer a questionnaire to determine their lifestyle, general health and wellness, their dexterity and any physical limitations they may have.
While it’s important to question and evaluate the patient, Miracle-Ear also strongly recommends bringing a spouse or loved one to be involved in the process. Their input and experiences are extremely valuable; oftentimes, customers make the mistake of thinking their hearing loss only affects themselves.
“I don’t think the person with the hearing loss realizes that you’re not the only person being inconvenienced,” Ebert says. With hearing loss comes significant breakdowns in communication, making it difficult to interact as well as they could. This problem is especially frustrating for spouses and family members.
Diversity of hearing aid users
After the age of 55, Ebert recommends annual hearing testing; even for those who aren’t overly concerned about their level of hearing loss. Degenerative hearing is inevitable, and age and genetics play a major role. Even those who have always used ear protection when appropriate might eventually see great benefit from a Miracle-Ear hearing device.
For those under retirement age but still concerned about their hearing, Ebert urges people to have an evaluation at a Daytona area hearing center without hesitation. The onset of hearing loss can occur well before 55 for those around loud recreational activities like hunting and boating; another common source of ear damaging noise are factory environments that consistently produce sound over 85 decibels.
Ebert recalls a young man with significant hearing loss that needed a better device before he was sent off to Afghanistan. He was impressed with the Bluetooth capabilities that allow the Miracle-Ear hearings to connect easily to a cell phone or iPod. Whether you’re a consultant in a combat zone, a college professor in a 300-seat lecture hall, or a retiree looking for better hearing at home and in social situations, you’re a brief hearing test at a Daytona area Miracle-Ear facility away from bringing your hearing up to speed with your lifestyle.
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For a free hearing test and product demonstration, call Miracle-Ear today!