When an object is sent into vibration such as a person dropping a fork or speaking a word, that vibration is transformed into mechanical energy by the tympanic membrane. It is then transmitted through the ossicles to the inner ear where it is changed again into hydraulic energy for transmission through the fluid-filled cochlea. The cochlea’s hair cells are stimulated by the fluid waves and a neurochemical event takes place that excites the nerves of hearing. The physical characteristics of the original sound are preserved at every energy change along the way until this code becomes one the brain can recognize and process.
Hearing loss misleads our brain with a loss of audibility and introduces distortion into the message that reaches the brain. Changes in the effectiveness of the brain to process stimuli, from head trauma, disease, or from aging, can result in symptoms that mimic hearing loss. The ears and the brain combine in a remarkable way to process neural events into the sense of hearing. Perhaps it’s fair to say that we “hear” with our brain, not with our ears!
If our Doctors of Audiology have determined that there is hearing loss it may be suggested that a hearing aid(s) will help to improve your communication. Hearing Associates uses a wide variety of manufacturers, styles and levels of technology to meet your hearing needs. Click here to get more information on hearing aids that we offer.
We only work with large reputable manufacturers so that we ensure that the product we help you choose from is the best that is available. Some clinics choose to sell “private label” hearing aids in order to sell the product at a discount or make themselves look different, however Hearing Associates makes a point to only dispense major manufacturers products in order to ensure that no matter where you are you can obtain the care and service that you expect.
Starkey is much more than the hearing aids we produce. Starkey is an experience. One that doesn’t merely promise more, but delivers more: more communication, more participation, and more opportunities to do what you love to do.
From our pioneering R&D work and history of innovation to our patient-proven approach and American-made craftsmanship, Starkey has brought this purpose to life; building partnerships with the millions of people who wear our hearing aids, continually expanding our philanthropic efforts via the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and working every day to help people with hearing loss experience more.
Web Site: http://hearing.siemens.com/en/03-home/index-en.jsp
The Siemens Audiology Group aims to contribute to the quality of life of hearing impaired people by providing solutions for better hearing and understanding through empowerment of communication, and thereby removing a possible barrier to personal development.
Web Site: http://www.oticonusa.com/
Oticon is the oldest hearing aid manufacturer in the world. Oticon was founded in 1904 by Hans Demant. His son, William Demant, created the Oticon Foundation. The Oticon Foundation is the majority shareholder of Oticon and “The Foundation” is committed through its statutes to support the needs of hearing impaired people.
Web Site: http://us.sonici.com/
Sonic strives to make an impact on people’s lives. It’s seen in our commitment. In the quality of our products and services. And in our reputation as an honest, friendly, and reliable company. As a hearing instrument company, there’s nothing Sonic enjoys more than hearing for ourselves the positive experiences of users like you.
Web Site: http://www.phonak.com/
Phonak’s goal is to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss. Phonak is the innovative force in hearing acoustics. With our creative solutions, we strive to overcome technological limitations – so that all people are able to hear, understand and fully enjoy life’s rich landscapes of sound.
Web Site: http://unitron.com/content/unitron/us/en/consumer.html
At Unitron, hearing matters. We believe everyone should be able to enjoy the sounds of life. That’s why we direct all our efforts to pioneering innovation. It’s why we focus on helping people hear and understand others-from a child’s question to a friend’s hello-under the most challenging conditions.
Web Site: http://widexusa.com
Widex is one of the world’s most respected manufacturers of hearing instruments. Widex hearing aids have helped millions of adults and children and Widex innovations have had a profound impact on the hearing aid industry. As a result of the company’s outstanding past performance since 1956, the Widex name is today synonymous with superior technological achievements.
For over 50 years, Rexton has listened to the unique needs of hearing health professionals and people with hearing loss around the world. Rexton develops a full line of solutions for all types of hearing loss and lifestyle needs with value, innovation, quality, and usability in mind. We strive to put our customers first at every opportunity and to make better hearing more accessible to all people.