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Helping individuals with hearing loss stay connected

Over the past forty years the greatest joy of our business is providing the gift of better hearing. Difficulty hearing is one of the most common conditions among older adults. Many people make lifestyle adjustments rather than seek help. With the new advances in technology now is an ideal time to consider an evaluation. At Hopco Hearing Center, we have made a commitment to professional service, quality products and low prices. Here are some factors to keep in mind:

Choice - There are over 200 manufacturers we can service. Everyone's hearing loss and lifestyle is different... So we offer a wide variety.

Follow-up - All aids come with a 60 day trial... We see you weekly during this time to assure your adjustments and the aids adjustment are satisfactory.

Continued Education - Every year we attend conventions and manufacturer seminars to keep up the latest fitting news and technology. We are members of nationally accredited American Speech and Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiologists and the International Hearing Society.

In an increasingly fast-paced and technology-based world, people with hearing loss have struggled with staying connected to those around them due to hearing aids that are not directly connected to cellular devices.

“Previously, hearing aids weren’t able to connect to your Bluetooth mobile device without a streamer, a device worn around the neck to connect smart phones or TVs to hearing aids, or a neck loop that you always had to have on you,” said Dr. Lauren Placke, audiologist at Baylor College of Medicine. “Now there are hearing aids that allow you to directly connect to cellular devices without having to wear something on your person.”

Patients who use these hearing aids can take advantage of the wireless technology and use it to help improve their hearing, specifically on the telephone.

“You can stream music and phone calls directly to your hearing aids,” she said. “It is similar to the technology used in wireless Bluetooth headsets.”

She said this new technology is also available in bone-anchored hearing aids and cochlear implants, with the use of a streamer. Those with more severe hearing loss that requires surgical intervention can also take advantage of this wireless technology.

Patients interested in the direct connect Bluetooth wireless hearing aids need to have an iPhone or Android cell phone. However, there are other options for wireless connectivity for older models of cellphones.

“Hearing aids aren’t what they used to be,” said Placke. “There are a lot of options for people with various degrees of hearing loss and there’s a solution out there for all patients.”

Read the full article and learn more about Baylor College of Medicine and the research they conduct.