The team at Midwest Audiology Center has been helping patients select the right device for their needs for over 20 years.

Hearing aid technology has advanced rapidly in the last handful of years, and for individuals who are just now exploring their options for the first time, the amount of styles on the market may seem overwhelming.

Whether you want a small device that integrates the latest technology or would rather have a more basic model that’s easy to use, there’s a hearing aid for every budget and lifestyle. Our practice only partners with the leading brands in the hearing aid industry to ensure that you have access to devices that are high-quality, comfortable, and affordable.

Hearing Aid Fittings and Programming

People who use hearing aids often say that these small devices are one of the best investments they’ve ever made. Yet in order to get the most out of your purchase, your hearing aids will need to be appropriately fit and adjusted. Along with our professional recommendations, your patience and persistence is key in utilizing your devices to their fullest potential. Once you’ve acclimated to this new way of hearing, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to visit us!

During a hearing aid fitting and programming appointment, the team at Midwest Audiology Center will calibrate your devices to meet your specific needs. The type and extent of your hearing loss as well as your lifestyle will all determine exactly how your devices are adjusted, and we rely on your feedback to let us know how your hearing aids are working for you.

We’ll be sure to give you all of the information and tools needed to excel with your devices from day one, including tips on how to clean and care for them, how to replace their batteries, and how to store them. If your hearing aids come equipped with Bluetooth connectivity or other advanced features, our team will ensure that you feel comfortable taking advantage of everything your device has to offer.

Remember, it can take some time to get used to the way the world sounds with your hearing aids, so it’s best to take a slow and steady approach. Many of our patients wear their hearing aids for longer periods of time each day until they’ve fully adjusted while others are so excited that they use their devices full-time from the start. At Midwest Audiology Center we recommend that you do whatever feels most comfortable for you, but remember that our staff is always here to answer any questions and offer support along the way.

We recommend scheduling follow-up visits during the first few weeks after receiving your hearing aids, and these visits along with regular maintenance and routine evaluations will help to keep your hearing healthy for years to come. The keys to your success rest in your patience while acclimating to your hearing aids and making sure that you communicate your needs so that we can calibrate your devices to achieve optimum performance.

Caring For Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing aids don’t need much in order to function effectively, but a little bit of daily care will help to go a long way toward their longevity. Remember the following simple tips for the cleaning, storage, and care of your devices and enjoy their effectiveness for years to come:

  • Thoroughly wipe your hearing aids daily with a dry, soft cloth.
  • Never use water or any cleansers on your devices; they must always stay dry.
  • Store your aids in a dehumidifier kit to reduce moisture.
  • Regularly remove earwax from your device using a wax loop or brush.
  • Keep sounds crisp by changing your wax filters every 1-2 months or whenever sounds seem weak.
  • If your earmolds or tubing become stiff, dry, discolored, or cracked, schedule an appointment with us for a replacement.
  • Leave the battery door open when you are not wearing your hearing aid.
  • Protect your device from moisture and humidity by storing it in a cool, dry place.
  • Keep your aid away from excessive heat.
  • Hearing aids should be kept in a protective case. Never put them in your pocket or wrap them in a tissue.
  • Small hearing aids are a choking hazard. Keep them out of reach from pets and children.
  • Hearing aids should always stay dry. Remove them before showering, swimming, or entering a sauna or steam shower.
  • If your devices get wet, immediately open the battery door and remove the battery. Call our office to schedule an appointment to ensure they have not become damaged.
  • Personal products like hair spray, sunscreen, makeup, or lotion can damage your devices. Remove your hearing aids before using these items.
  • Contact our office to schedule routine maintenance and performance checks.
  • Handle your hearing aids with care and avoid dropping or banging them on hard surfaces.

Hearing aid manufacturers have embraced technology and utilized it to give hearing aid wearers a remarkable listening experience.

Newer hearing aid models are equipped with advanced speech recognition features to help you access conversations with ease and to filter out background noise in loud environments. Hearing aids with Bluetooth features now offer the ability to interface with other technology such as your smartphone, your television, or your computer.

New developments in hearing aid technology means that there are more reliable energy options, such as rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which are great for people on the go. In terms of user accessibility, many hearing aid models can be controlled with a few touches on a phone app or with tiny remotes. There are models with manual controls and a variety of styles to fit discreetly behind the ear, as well.

After a comprehensive exam and consultation, our team at Midwest Audiology will help you find remarkable listening devices suited to your lifestyle. We’ll work with you to ensure that you are familiar with your devices, from handling the available technology and accessing all of the excellent features to help you experience life and listening to the fullest.

Wireless Connectivity

There’s no denying that wireless technology is now a significant part of our lives. Most of our electronic devices are Bluetooth compatible and allow us to stream media wirelessly to our ears. Hearing aid manufacturers have kept up with the quickly-evolving advancements in wireless technology. Most major brands now offer a smartphone compatible hearing aid, which either uses Bluetooth or a secondary device to stream music, media, phone calls, and other audio from a smartphone directly to a hearing aid.

Additionally, manufacturers have created downloadable apps that provide users access to make adjustments to their listening experiences. These apps have user-friendly elements that allow users to change the volume or switch between program features to enhance their listening experiences. Some manufacturers offer a geo-tagging function, which archives user preferences by location, using the smartphone’s GPS and makes automatic adjustments when users return to saved locations. This provides a truly natural and seamless listening experience.

NOTABLE WIRELESS, SMARTPHONE COMPATIBLE HEARING AIDS INCLUDE THE STARKEY HALO IQ AND THE LINX QUATTRO.

Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Until recently, the majority of hearing aids were powered by traditional zinc air batteries, which required frequent replacement when paired with powerful new hearing aid features, such as wireless streaming. On a personal level, the use of traditional hearing aids required users to constantly check to make sure that their hearing aid batteries still had juice, while remembering to carry a spare set of batteries just in case. On a grander scale, the waste of used hearing aid batteries posed an environmental hazard with the potential risk of seeping into the earth in landfills.

The innovation of rechargeable hearing aids has changed the game. While rechargeable hearing aid technology has been available in some form for the past decade, it is now more sophisticated and user-friendly than ever before. Rechargeable hearing aids are now powered by lithium-ion batteries (like the ones that power your laptop and tablet), and replacement is required once every 4-5 years. More importantly, lithium-ion technology provides confidence for the user. With batteries that last a longer time span on a single charge, users could experience up to 24 hours of uninterrupted listening on a short overnight charge (7 to 8 hours).

NOTABLE RECHARGEABLE HEARING AIDS INCLUDE THE PHONAK AUDEO B DIRECT AND THE SIGNIA PURE CHARGE & GO NX.