One of the biggest reasons people who need hearing assistance put off looking into hearing aids is their vanity, says Scott Beall who provides hearing aids in Cleveland at his numerous Miracle-Ear hearing centers. When they think of hearing aids, they’re thinking of ancient, big, clunky devices. These men and women don’t want to wear the hearing aids and they don’t want to be seen wearing the hearing aids. Beall — who has been in the hearing aid business for the past three decades — says that their fears are entirely unfounded. Not only are Cleveland hearing aids more powerful than they’ve ever been before, they’re also incredibly small — so small, in fact, that some of them are virtually invisible to the casual observer.
These super small hearing aids are actually fitted into the ear canals themselves. At the same time, they pack enough amplification power for nearly any degree of hearing loss. These Cleveland hearing aids have to be custom built for each patient based of a mold of his or her ear canal. Other patients chose to wear an over-the-ear model, which is still incredibly smaller than similar models of yesteryear. These hearing aids don’t have to be custom built, but remain a very comfortable option for many patients. And, what’s really important to remember, says Beall, is that each set of hearing aids is custom programmed to specifically meet each patient’s needs.
One way a Miracle-Ear hearing specialist custom programs each patient’s pair of Cleveland hearing aids is through the new Avant Real Ear Measurement System. This system allows them to see what the patients are actually hearing while wearing their new hearing aids. Then, the specialist is able to adjust any of the settings and see the results in real time on a video screen. The key is to get sounds amplified in a range that allows the patient to hear clearly but isn’t too loud or painful to listen to.
After patients are fitted with their new hearing devices, the care extends for the rest of their lives. For the first few months, they’re encouraged to visit one of Beall’s centers to make sure the hearing aids are fitting and working properly. Then, they return every three months for a fee checkup and cleaning. They’re also encouraged to come in once a year for a free, annual hearing test. By seeing his patients more often, it allows Beall and his specialists to head off any potential problems at the pass.