Transparent Treatment Plans to Help You Achieve Better Hearing

Ever since Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates was founded in 1982, we have been developing our own unique patient journey that drives you to the desired outcome as effectively and as seamlessly as possible.

It’s common for people with a hearing loss to believe that the hearing technology is all of solution when the reality is that the hearing device represents only a small part of the picture.

A hearing device, no matter how sophisticated, will only work well for you when it is backed up by the professional service and knowledge of a hearing care professional.

You’ll be cared for by Erika Shakespeare, CCC-A and her team that specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification. Erika is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for audiologists across the country and is one of the most respected experts on pediatric audiology. Erika has worked with adults to help manage tinnitus and hearing loss since 2002. She is an expert in managing hearing loss and tinnitus, creating individual treatment plans with patients, not for patients.

Along with her team, you can be rest assured that your hearing health is being cared for by experts no matter which treatment plan you choose from the options below.

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The Audiology & Hearing Aid Associates Promise

 

Choosing to partner with Audiology & Hearing Aid Associates for your ongoing hearing healthcare needs provides you with the most impressive inclusive service plan locally, supported by a Certified Licensed Audiologist.

 

  • Inclusive diagnostic hearing evaluations with a licensed audiologist
  • Training and education on all technological features
  • Multi-point inspection of hearing aids every 6 months
  • Replacement of domes, filters and retention lines as required
  • Unlimited adjustments to devices based on audiometric testing
  • Computerized verification (real ear measures) and validation of personalized hearing aid fitting
  • Drop-off service
  • Monthly newsletter

Special Evaluation Add-ons

These are special tests that can be added to a diagnostic hearing evaluation. These may not be covered by your insurance or they may require prior authorization.

Second opinion/Hearing Aid Evaluation (Conformity Evaluation): $269.00

Evaluates the performance of existing hearing aids. Useful for determining if current hearing aids are meeting needs for best hearing and auditory performance. Helpful for determining if hearing aids are adequate for listening needs.

Tinnitus Evaluation: $403.50

Evaluate tinnitus and develop a tinnitus management plan. This fee does not include ongoing tinnitus management sessions.

Auditory Processing/Auditory Performance Evaluation: $269.00

Measurement of current auditory performance in quiet and in noise. This is a battery of functional performance measures to determine auditory performance in a variety of listening environments. This battery of tests is sometimes referred to as a central auditory processing test. It is also used to evaluate auditory performance following head injury or concussion.

Cochlear Implant Evaluation: $538.00

Battery of tests to determine audiologic candidacy to proceed with cochlear implantation.

Adoption Plan

Are you an existing device wearer that is looking for our ongoing support/care?

*Services include initial fitting, subsequent fittings, real ear and real world programming and adjustments through adaptation period and beyond. Seasonal & lifestyle programming. Comprehensive Maintenance Checks: Electroacoustic analysis of devices, replacement of filters, tubing, domes, receivers, sport locks, mic covers). Individualized tinnitus management Remote programming. Phone connectivity support.

Financing available through Northwest Access Fund, prior approval required.

FREE DOWNLOAD: HOW TO ENCOURAGE A STUBBORN MAN TO GET HIS HEARING TESTED

With hearing loss impacting 1 in 5 of us, the data suggests that at least one special person in our lives are struggling with hearing loss. The challenge is that it's often difficult for these people to admit that they have a challenge with their hearing or be open to seeking help.

That's why we have developed a free white-paper to help you to understand the different ways that you can support a loved one and encourage them to get the help that they need.

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It’s often the unknown that holds us back from making a decision, but with your hearing healthcare as our number one priority, we have a member of our expert team on hand to help.

If you have a question or a concern that is causing you or a loved one from making a positive step towards healthy hearing, then we would love to help.

Simply complete the form and we’ll call you back when we have availability.Don’t want to wait? Call us at: 541-612-7555

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.