http://www.physicianhearingcenters.com/ - Are you suffering from hearing loss? Do you require hearing aids? Let's hear Dr. Brown talk about getting your hearing tested.
Physician Hearing Centers
6770 Mayfield Road, Suite 210
Cleveland, OH 44124
Physician Hearing Centers
640 E Aurora Road
Macedonia, OH 44056
Video Transcript for those with Hearing Loss:
Listen up. Getting a hearing aid that works for you takes more than taking a hearing test. Dr. Bert Brown is here to sound off on the best ways to make you hear what you've been missing. Dr. Brown is an ear, nose, and throat doctor and the owner of Physician Hearing Centers. So, welcome to the show.
Thank you for having me.
So, what's wrong with having a hearing test to figure out what's wrong with your hearing?
Well, there's nothing wrong with it at all. In fact, a lot of people should get a hearing test and they don't think they need one. And, part of that reason is when our hearing goes down, we just don't realize it. So, what we do sometimes is avoid those situations where we need to use the hearing when we're not able to quite hear. So, a lot of times it's a family member or a friend who say you're not hearing and then that's the time to get a hearing test. Or even if you, yourself, think you know I'm not quite hearing stuff right. Get a hearing test. Let's find out.
Okay, but besides the hearing tests, are there other tests that are necessary?
Well, in misconception, there's more to hearing than just the hearing apparatus itself. If you think about it, it's the sensory organ. It interacts with the brain. So, no, the hearing test itself will determine if you have hearing loss but one thing we do in our office coming from a physician's standpoint is that I look at the whole patient. Because when you hear something, it goes to the brain, the brain interprets it and sends it back out. And, so you need to look at the whole person to say not only do they have hearing loss, but are there other factors that might be getting away of their hearing properly.
It's also where they have hearing loss and where they're going to be needing to hear and things like that too right? I mean it's not. You're not in a sound-proof booth when you're out in real life.
Correct. It's very important when you first see someone to find out where are you having a problem or what's the problems because it's those needs that really determine when you go further on if you indeed have hearing loss. What kind of hearing aid you need and how does it need to be setup to fit your own individual situation.
Okay, I know that hearing aids are really high-tech. Everything is really high-tech these days. So, can't you just make your own adjustments once you have them?
Yeah, and that's one of the things that's happen in recent years because hearing aids are digital now. So you basically, in the digital age, you plug the hearing aid into the computer. You've had your hearing test or audiogram. And then, the computer will adjust the hearing aid to directly match your hearing test. And so, a lot of people think, well anyone can do that, I mean I can do that. I just plug it in. But actually, it's missing the big piece. Like I told you, this is a sensory organ. You have to interact in the real world and although you get that initial setting, it's the fine settings of that. Not only picking out the right hearing aid but then taking that hearing aid into those initial settings and adjusting them so they really fit what that person needs.
Okay, so people need to come back in sometimes for tweaks right?
Correct. Whenever you first get a hearing aid to fit to you, you do what's called the first fit. And then, we'll typically see people back at 2, 4, and 6 weeks to see
how they're doing and see what their problems are. Sometimes, they come in, they're fine but other times, it takes some more subtle things.
Okay, and so, and people can't keep coming in and coming in and you can't follow them around tweaking things as necessary for different environments. So, do you have a method in your office for determining how they really hear in the real world and adjusting for that?
Exactly. One thing I developed along with my audiologist, we actually have a team approach, is what we have called the Sound Experience Room fitting system. And, what we have is a separate room and this is really one of the first of its kind in the country with the high definition TV and surround sound. And then, we'll talk to the person and say "Well, where do you have a problem?
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