What Most People Don’t Know About Hearing Assessments

Some people believe that a hearing loss is a negative sign.

But we see it differently because with most hearing losses being a result of the lifestyle that you’ve lived, we see a hearing loss as a clear sign that you’ve lived a life full of fruitful and rich experiences.

In the same way that the faster that you drive a car, the more likely that you are to have to replace the tires – your ears have had to work hard to keep up with the life that you’ve experienced and this has slowly taken its toll on your level of hearing.

One of the biggest challenges that we face as hearing care experts is that far too many people don’t recognize the first signs of hearing loss and often come to us when it’s too late.

Whereas if they had visited us upon recognizing the first signs, we could have taken the right precautions to protect their level of hearing and prolong their hearing health.

This is the reason that we strongly encourage routine hearing assessments.

If you’ve never had a hearing assessment or it’s been over two years since your last assessment, we strongly encourage you to pay us a visit.

A hearing assessment is quick, non-invasive, and you get the results immediately.

To schedule your assessment, you can either click the button below, or you can call us at (541) 612-7555.

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Schedule Your Hearing Assessment Today

 

If you are ready to schedule your hearing assessment, then you can click the button below or you can call us at (541) 612-7555.

We’ll then be able to find a convenient time and book you some time with our team of hearing care experts.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

What Happens at a Hearing Assessment?

#1 - A Warm Welcome From The Comfort of Your Vehicle

Since the pandemic began, we have had to change how we see patients; our waiting room has been closed, and patients have been encouraged to wait in their car until they are invited in for their appointment.

But what we have accidentally learned is that this approach actually works far better.

It means that appointments aren’t rushed, you can receive the one-to-one focus that you deserve without distractions and it ensures that the schedule runs much smoother.

This means that when normality finally returns, our waiting room will not.

Instead, we’ll be keeping the current approach of encouraging you to stay in your vehicle.

When you pull into a parking bay, you can simply call us at (541) 612-7555 (the phone number is also on signs throughout the parking lot), and we’ll come and get you when we’re ready to see you.

You can then walk straight in for your appointment and be seen right away, ensuring that you’re not waiting around and the time spent with you can be maximized.

#2 - Get to Know You

We’ll then invite you into a private room for a friendly conversation to understand what has brought you for a hearing assessment and what your concerns are.

#3 - Start Your Assessment

We’ll pop some headphones on you (like the picture to the right) and we’ll play a range of sounds at different frequencies. All you have to do is let us know when you hear a sound. This allows us to test if you’re missing any frequencies to plot the results on an audiogram.

#4 - Review Your Results

We’ll then review the results of your audiogram to see if you have any level of hearing loss. If we find that you do have a hearing loss, then we’ll be able to discuss your options with you in a relaxed, pressure-free environment.

I love Erika. She is so nice and thorough and explains everything and answers any questions. I have never felt rushed by her!

G Elli 2/09/2020

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Erika’s Story

I’m Erika. I love learning about new technology, particularly with technology designed to help people hear and connect to their families, friends and community. I first learned about the Jabra Enhance Plus 18 months ago in a tech talk related to OTC hearing aids. OTC stands for “over-the-counter”; this was driven by the PCAST report (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) that was published in 2016 and was rejuvenated by Biden’s Executive to the FDA to develop regulations and labeling on a new classification of non-prescription hearing aids that would be available to purchase by consumers without professional engagement.

The purpose was to introduce lower cost entry to hearing aids for consumers. This is opening a whole new pipeline of devices from manufacturers of consumer electronics to manufacturers of medical devices to get into the lucrative market of entry level amplification. Bose had launched their new “hearing aid” which was a terrible flop, it didn’t have rechargeability, it had a ton of feedback (whistling), it didn’t even have basic streaming features. Signia launched a product, Apple Air pods added transparency mode and developed an app to “test” your hearing to apply mild gain to your Air Pod Pros, and Resound’s research team partnered with GN’s consumer electronic group that makes Jabra products to develop a hybrid hearing aid/consumer electronic sometimes referred to as a Hearable, PSAP (Personal Sound Amplifier), or and OTC hearing aid. Other companies have come out with products that they are marketing as hearing aids, the FDA has been playing whack-a-mole with these illegally labeled products. Whatever you may call the widget, it is an electronic device that is not programmed by a licensed hearing health care professional.

I was awarded a slot to participate in a pilot project to evaluate the Jabra Enhance Plus product before it was released commercially to the public. I have been wearing the device for the last 10 days. I have about 4 pages of feedback for the developers for the app and also the device itself. Here is my pro/con list.

Pros: The size and fit. It doesn’t look anything like a hearing aid, it is like a small button Bluetooth or wireless earbud. There is nothing hanging out of the ear to catch on masks. The green, faded yellow and red indicator lights on the device and the charger are intuitive ways to alert to battery life. The little charging case holds a charge even when it is not plugged in. It is easily portable, fits great in a pocket of my purse so I have them with me. The streaming is pretty seamless. The app controls are deceivingly simple, it seems like there should be more, but it is really just the volume up and down. They were a lot more comfortable to wear while reclining and listening to streaming audio than other wireless earbuds that I have used. It was easy to switch to a call while streaming. They enhanced listening when I was watching TV.

Cons: The built-in personalization didn’t seem to customize the sound; The filter setting was something that I wanted to change frequently, but it is a buried feature in the app. The fit was sort of uncomfortable in one ear and the selection of domes were not adequate. The occlusion effect for my own body noises was significant. My voice sounded too far away for people on the other end of the phone call. The sound quality for phone calls and streaming audio was inferior to other wireless earbuds that I use. I struggled in noisy situations to hear other people over my own body sounds. They move a lot in my ears with talking. They don’t connect to my computer, so going between zoom meetings and phone calls or other activities was cumbersome and I have to switch devices. My overall assessment is that there is a place in the consumer electronic world for these cute little hearing enhancers, but they will not yet replace my wireless earbuds. I look forward to future software updates that will hopefully improve and expand usability (like connecting to my PC for zoom calls).

Tom’s Story
Tom was not as happy as Donna after his 10 days with the devices. He much preferred his own hearing aids. He did like that his mask never got caught on them. His biggest issue was that he got whistling from them when he turned them up loud enough for him to hear the TV. He did enjoy the streaming capabilities. He struggled the most with pairing the devices, which may have been because he used his Bluetooth a lot for other things and the Jabra devices did not seem to respond well to intermittent connectivity.
Donna’s Story
Donna wore the devices for 10-12 hours everyday for ten days. She loved how much better she heard in group settings and in conversations with friends and family. She mentioned that after a long day she did notice that her ears would get a little sore and she thought maybe a smaller prescription hearing aid would be better for her long term, but she thought these self fitting hearing aids were great and easy to use. She would definitely consider buying them and even had several of her friends ask where they could buy them.
Linda’s Story

Linda wore the Jabra Enhance Plus 5-6 hours a day. Mostly while watching TV. She loved how much easier it was to hear the dialogue on TV. She also enjoyed hearing her husband more easily while they were having conversations. She had little difficulty connecting the devices to her app, the most difficult part of the connection that Linda had was remembering her apple password. She was really impressed with the product and the price.

Beth Story

Beth wears the Jabra Enhance Plus about an hour a day, primarily for streaming while exercising. She loves the quality of the streaming for phone calls and listening to audio books. She tried the devices in a restaurant with friends, but really struggled to adapt to her own voice and thought that it was actually harder to focus on the voices she wanted to hear over some of the other environment sounds being amplified. She really didn’t find them helpful in the classroom like she had hoped, but she admitted that only tried them once in that setting.

Jan’s Story
I'm Jan. I have enjoyed being part of this new technology. After day two I did experience right ear canal discomfort and was not able to wear the device for a few days. I feel if the device was a little bit smaller it would be more comfortable for me. I felt muffled and my own voice was hollow. After a few days I didn't notice it as much. I am not totally comfortable with new technology but found the setup for Jabra to be easy. The charging was easy, and the hearing test was relatively easy. I have normal hearing, therefore did not experience a lot of amplification. I found the app was user friendly. I would recommend them to someone who had a mild to moderate hearing loss that could not afford hearing aids.