If you need hearing aids, but have been hesitant about wearing them, you may be happy to hear that today’s hearing aid instruments are far more comfortable, attractive and effective than earlier models. Rickey Richardson of Miracle-Ear says that hearing aids today are computerized and programmed specifically for each individual. “All of us are different,” says Richardson. “Each individual ear is different. Your right ear is different than your left year.” The Miracle-Ear approach is designed to target individual hearing loss and help make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Richardson, who owns three Miracle-Ear hearing centers in Florida, including locations in Chiefland, Ocala, and Crystal River, says that well-fitted hearing aids can greatly improve a person’s quality of life. For new patients, it will take a few weeks to get used to wearing new hearing aids. “What happens when you start wearing hearing aids, specifically if you’ve never worn hearing aids before, is it takes a little time to acclimate to them because you’re hearing sounds you haven’t heard in years,” he explains.
This is where the Miracle-Ear aftercare program comes in. “We have an excellent follow-up program, as far as taking care of a patient,” says Richardson. Following the initial purchase of hearing aids, patients receive regular check-ups and adjustments. The first few weeks are dedicated to adjusting and fine-tuning the hearing aids to ensure the best possible results. After that, all patients are put on a regular maintenance program for the life of their hearing aid device, at no additional cost. In most cases, patients come in for regular maintenance every three to four months.
Richardson also says that today’s hearing aid instruments far surpass early models in terms of size and advanced features. Miracle-Ear hearing aids are equipped with an automatic microphone system that allows the device to adjust automatically to different type of noise environments. Another feature is the data memory system. “The whole time you’re wearing the hearing aid, it’s collecting environmental data,” says Richardson. When the hearing aid is connected to a computer, it downloads that information, providing hearing consultants with valuable information about what kind of noise environments patients are being exposed to on a regular basis.
If you want to learn more about today’s advanced hearing aids, Richardson invites you to stop by one of his Miracle-Ear offices for a free comprehensive hearing test. The friendly and knowledgeable Miracle-Ear staff will be happy to answer your questions about hearing loss and hearing aids.