Are You Interested in Hearing Instruments?
Hearing instruments improve speech understanding in various situations and support the many functions of human hearing. As the type and degree of hearing loss varies from person to person, and even sometimes from ear to ear, there are different hearing aid models that are tailored to specific hearing losses and that take into account personal needs. We also offer hearing aid repair on most brands to ensure your equipment lasts as long as possible.
Hearing Instrument Types
In-the-Ear (ITE) Instruments
Lyric – the only extended wear device on the market, is worn 24 hours per day/7 seven days per week for months at a time. We have been fitting Lyric devices since September, 2010, making us the most experienced Lyric provider in the area. Click here for more information.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Instruments
Our specialists take the time to understand each patient’s needs and lifestyles to match them perfectly with a hearing instrument. We are innovative and keep up-to-date with the latest technology in order to best serve you. Come back to us regularly after your fitting for routine care and maintenance, including cleanings and follow-up programming.
At Associated Hearing Professionals, we’re proud to offer these comprehensive services to residents in the greater St. Louis Area. We are passionate about improving your hearing and quality of life. From custom hearing aid fittings to hearing aid repair, we’re always striving to provide personalized attention. With over 70 years of combined experience, our audiologists provide the expertise you need for years of quality hearing.
Hearing Aids – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should I expect from my hearing aids?
Just as eyeglasses do not “cure” vision deficiencies, hearing aids do not solve all hearing problems. Hearing instruments can provide a significant improvement in speech understanding in most environments and improve the quality of life for you and your family members. Our audiologists will help you understand how to use your hearing instruments in a variety of listening situations to optimize your benefit.
Q: What is aural rehabilitation?
Audiologists provide additional services for maximizing the performance of hearing instruments in challenging listening situations. Various approaches involve auditory training, speech reading, and improving listening skills with assistive devices.
Q: Are there any studies showing health benefits of hearing aids?
Hearing aid users report higher levels of involvement in social activities, shorter periods of depression, fewer worries, and more positive social and family experiences than those who have uncorrected hearing loss. Recently, a new survey by National Council of Aging confirmed that there is a significant improvement in the quality of lives of hearing aid users.
Q: Who can be helped?
Today, over 95 percent of patients with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. This benefit depends on the type and degree of loss, patient’s expectations, and type of hearing aid selected.
Q: Two hearing aids or one?
You and your audiologist should determine the need for one hearing aid or two. For more than 80 percent of people with hearing loss, binaural amplification offers substantial improvement under both quiet and noisy conditions, along with a better sense of direction for locating the sound source. Also, auditory deprivation becomes a possibility when only one ear is treated with a hearing aid. People wearing binaural hearing aids (two hearing aids) understand speech and conversation significantly better than people wearing one hearing aid do. Better understanding in groups and even noisy situations is possible with binaural hearing aids. Less volume is required out of the hearing instruments when two are used; thus battery life lasts longer. With a lower volume control setting, the chance of feedback is reduced with two hearing instruments.