Helping people hear better in Nashville, TN

Listen up, Music City; your hearing is about to take center stage!

Let’s start with the basics. You’re hearing is what drives your life, enlivens your relationships, keeps you in the loop and at the top of your game.

The quality and clarity of your hearing is essential to living your life to the fullest. If your hearing is suffering even just a little bit, if you’ve felt frustrated, isolated or left out because you can’t make out the conversation, Audiology Associates and Hearing Aids Today can change all that with a lifestyle solution just for you.

We’re here to help you understand your hearing loss, and help you take back the life you’ve been missing. You don’t have to miss another sound, the solution to your hearing problems is right around the corner.

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Want to be a part of the conversation again?

Dr. Jina Scherer has built a practice that is 100% focused on you – your family, your work and your life. The conversations that start in our office are about building relationships of trust, and finding solutions that inspire.

We know how hard it can be to struggle with hearing loss and feel like there’s nowhere to turn. Audiology Associates & Hearing Aids Today is dedicated to helping people hear better everyday. Our clients, friends and family in Nashville have come to trust us for exceptional care and service, and we take that trust very seriously.

Nearly 36 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss, and every one of them has a family, a job and a lifestyle that can also be significantly affected. That adds up to a lot of people suffering, losing hope and missing out on things when they don’t have to.

The comeback your hearing deserves, is here today!

  • Hear Better, Live BetterClick here to see how our Audiology Services can help you hear and live better.
  • Acoustic or Electric – Turn It Up! – Check out our full line of musician’s earplugs, tips to protect your hearing and prevent hearing loss. Click here to find out more.
  • A Tip of the Hat to TechnologyClick here to see just how far hearing aid and hearing assistance devices have come – We guarantee you’ll be surprised!
  • Testing, Testing – One, Two… – Already have a hearing aid? We can test any hearing aid you have and see that it’s delivering the best sound possible. Click here to set up an appointment today.

Your Ears…Only Better!

“I was a pretty good imitator of Roy Acuff, but then I found out they already had a Roy Acuff, so I started singin’ like myself.” – Hank Williams

Rediscovering your hearing is like finding your own voice, it will change your life overnight!

People come to Nashville to become a star; they stay because of the family they find here. Audiology Associates and Hearing Aids Today is part of that family, and the relationships we’re building everyday are far better than a single night on stage at the Grand Ole Opry.

When you struggle with hearing loss, your relationships suffer, your business suffers and your life is a little less than it could be. When the chips are down, the relationships in your life are more important than anything else; isn’t that what all those songs are really about?

Before we help people to hear better…We Listen! Our amazing staff of audiology and support professionals know what they’re listening for, so when you step into our office, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place.

It’s time you did something about your hearing loss, and we’re here to help!

  • Meet the TeamClick here to meet the best audiology professionals and support staff anywhere in Music City.
  • Contact Us – Nothing beats getting your questions answered face-to-face. Click here to get in touch and schedule an appointment today.
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- Brad P.

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.

- Ian R. on Yelp

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.

- Jacob Mclary on Google Plus

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.

- Tony on Yahoo Local

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.

- Craig M Coulam MD, PhD

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.

- Harry W. – Nashville, TN

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!

- Gerri T., Old Hickory, TN

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 – she reinvents the limits.

- Google User

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!

- Posted by A Google User on Google Plus with a rating of 5 out of 5 for Audiology Associates & Hearing Aids Today

Protecting Against Hearing Loss Among Marching Band Participants

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.

Suggestions for Driving Safely with Hearing Problems

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!