First off….THANK YOU!! The definitely heard the birds chirping from 3 streets over this morning….and oh was it AWESOME!! I just absolutely love your approach to your patients. You definitely put me at ease and your support staff works extremely hard for every patient.
I work in the music industry, and was recommended this place as a good business to get ear impressions done for a set of in ear monitors. Upon walking in, I was greeting by a super friendly receptionist, and they got me in with a doctor within 3 minutes of being there. Not only was the doctor extremely friendly as well, but I was in and out in 20 minutes, ear impressions and all. Friendly, not expensive ($50 for impressions), and easy to get to, right off of White Bridge. I’d recommend this place to any of my friends in the touring industry that need a good audiologist for fitting in ear monitors.
I have tried many different audiologists, and I have purchased many different hearing aids over the years. Luckily, I found Dr. Huinker, and she sure is something special. She had many different styles to choose from, and her knowledge, professionalism, and patience was remarkable. I am telling all of my friends, and thank you Dr. Huinker.
I rate Hearing Aids Today at AA+. Very caring and helpful in explaining everything, and very personal. They make you feel welcome and are there to help you hear things the way you should hear them.
Dr. Scherer (or Dr. Jina as she wishes to be called) has been working with me for approximately 6 months now, helping me service my old aids and purchasing new aids. Let me introduce myself and my hearing aid experience so you can appreciate what I have to say.
My name is Dr. Craig Coulam and I have a congenital hearing loss condition. I first obtained bilateral hearing aids as a teenager and have had multiple aids over the past 50+ years, encompassing both analog and digital circuitry. I have a degree in electrical engineering and a MD degree, so I feel I know and understand pretty well hearing loss physiology and the needed electronics to help people with such a deficit, including myself.
My last set of aids were Widex brand, in-the-canal aids, and I had them for approximately 7-8 years. I decided to purchase new ones (Phonak, behind-the-ear aids) because of advances in the electronic circuitry, water resistance and chip making capabilities. Both the Widex and Phonak aids were/are of top quality and had digital circuitry. My Phonak aids also came with inherent Bluetooth circuitry built in.
The process of choosing an aid first requires an audiogram to be obtained so an appropriate type of aid can be chosen. Dr. Jina is first rate in this process, doing both a sound (frequency) and word recognition evaluation of my hearing deficit. With respect to choosing hearing aids, she has a very good command of “what’s out there” in both aid designs and aid capabilities, including both the low end aids and the top of the line aids. I picked Phonak because of the small behind-the-ear aid size, the aid reserve volume power availability, and inherent Bluetooth capabilities. The Bluetooth circuitry allows one to use the Bluetooth-equiped telephones (regular and cell), listen to the audio portion of TV programs, and listen to iPod recorded music directly through the aids.
After purchasing the aids, then comes the process of customizing them to my particular hearing deficits and sound reproduction desires. This is a multiple step process as the aid is “tuned” to me. Again, Dr.Jina proved to be very competent in the process and very patient with my requests. The final tuning (although not necessarily the last available) is arriving shortly, just in advance of my scheduled vacation. Aid tuning considerations consist of setting an appropriate regular volume, and also the excessive-loudness range settings and attenuation, speech understanding in high/moderate/low noise backgrounds, speech understanding and music appreciation with frequency-band adjustments, and the operation of the aids using the Bluetooth accessories which may accompany them.
One thing I have learned over the years is that digital aids give me better sound discrimination than analog aids, but are somewhat harder to adjust (“tune”) to the patient. I can honestly say that I personally and technically appreciated Dr Jina’s audiology expertise and highly recommend her for evaluating your hearing problems and, if necessary, hearing aid selection and fitting.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Jina’s since 2006. Wearing conventional hearing aids tremendously helped my hearing loss, but I could never get them just quite right. They wouldn’t stay in, they needed regular cleaning, the constant changing of batteries and the tune-ups all took time and effort for both of us, but hearing aids were my only option and the best technology on the market, until now. Now I wear the Lyric, and what a difference! I never have to worry about them falling out because they are “in my ears” and completely invisible! The sound is superior, I never have to change a battery or worry about them getting wet. I feel like I don’t even have a hearing loss anymore!
Yes, Dr. Jina, I can hear you now!!! I can also hear everyone else and everything else. Thanks for bringing back sound to my world. Your patience is unending. Your willingness to accommodate my specific hearing needs has been outstanding. I am never made to feel other than a competent adult by everyone at Audiology Associates. All contact is always pleasant. Dr. Jina doesn’t just push the limits on satisfaction â€“ she reinvents the limits.
I have been seeing Dr. Abby at Audiology Assoc. for the past two years. She and all the staff are always very friendly and helpful. Before I visited for the first time I was skeptical that hearing aids could help me with my 80% loss but they were able to fit me for some new aids and customize them from my hearing test. The difference is nothing short of miraculous! I heard sounds for the first time and never knew what I was missing! I highly recommend a visit to Dr. Abby and staff for any hearing aid needs!
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Around six million U.S. teens have some form of hearing loss, which represents an increase of about a third over the last twenty years. Besides the use of high-volume portable music players and cell phones, experts say that teens’ involvement in marching band is another possible cause of damage to hearing. As nearly every urban high school and college has a marching band, participation is a very common activity among teenagers.
Teenagers and extreme sounds. Noise levels are measured in decibels, also written as dB. Adults and children can suffer hearing loss from exposure to noises in excess of 85 dB. Marching band includes a variety of instruments, some of which easily cross over that threshold during rehearsals and performances. For example, Duke University students were exposed to decibel levels of 99 over a half hour during drumline practice. However, playing those instruments indoors for rehearsals can be even more harmful to teens’ hearing. Unfortunately, many youths don’t reduce the volume of their instruments when playing inside.
Prevention and protection strategies. Musicians earplugs are effective at reducing the sound levels that reach the inner ear. Musicians earplugs are custom-designed to fit an individual’s ear perfectly. Musicians earplugs can be expensive, which may be a problem for parents. Another effective strategy for protecting young people’s hearing is to reduce the length of time they are exposed to potentially harmful sound levels by breaking up the rehearsals into shorter sessions. Band leaders and participants also need to be aware of how important it is to lower the volume of their instruments when practicing indoors. To best protect the hearing of marching band members, a joint effort between students, band leaders, and parents is recommended.
Navigating through the world with hearing problems can be difficult at times, especially when you need to rely on your hearing for health and safety. Driving is one area that can cause difficulties for many people affected by impaired hearing. Thankfully, just because you have difficulty hearing doesn’t mean that safe driving isn’t possible. Follow some simple driving tips and you can drive perfectly safely.
- Eliminate distractions: Your eyesight becomes very important when driving with hearing problems. Therefore, you can put yourself (and your passengers) in danger if distractions such as electronic devices or food draw your eyes away from the road. You’ll also find that it becomes more difficult to hear important traffic cues if you have the radio on while driving. Get rid of any influences that get between you and the road to make sure you aren’t missing crucial information.
- Drive with your hearing aid in mind: If you wear a hearing aid be sure you don’t drive without it. It’s also important to make sure your car’s environment is conducive to proper hearing aid functioning. Don’t be afraid to switch on the AC rather than driving with the windows open. Your hearing aid can become less effective if it is buffeted by a draft from an open window, impairing your hearing and putting you at risk.
- Keep your car in good shape: You know that if your vehicle is generating a peculiar sound there is probably something wrong with it. However, if you can’t pick up on audio clues that something is wrong with your vehicle you may end up driving an unsafe car. Keep regular maintenance appointments with your garage or dealership to make sure your car stays in optimum condition.
- Only drive when you feel comfortable: If you’re not comfortable driving a vehicle with hearing loss, don’t do it! There are many alternatives to owning an automobile, including public transportation. You are more likely to make dangerous mistakes if you drive while stressed, so only drive when you feel confident and safe.
As long as your doctor approves there is no reason for hearing loss to keep you from driving. Stay safe out there!