*** Our Mission ***
It is the mission of Clear Choice Hearing Solutions to ensure that all those who desire improved hearing and communication can receive the
transformation they seek, with 100% satisfaction.
That means providing hearing aids that address your needs at a price you can afford, and doing everything we can afterwards to ensure your continued success. We believe in educating people every step of the way to that success.
Mike started in the hearing health services in 2007 and instantly found his vocational passion. He is a member of the HHPA and
IHS. He is also an advocate for the HLAA, and a past Director/Advisor for the same.
Having been his grandparents’ sole caretaker in their last years, he
understands and cares for people in a way he could not, if he had not experienced this privilege.
As he continued in the hearing care field, he recognized the value he could add to peoples’ lives as they once again experienced birds singing, children laughing, even the shuffle of their own feet as they travel through life.
Mike worked with several companies and private practices, sensing some inflexibility in pricing and services due to corporate policies and regulations.
The Hearing Consultant’s job is to find out what the client wants, discover their needs and help them to achieve the solution.
We want to give you more options and solutions without the stress, when making a decision that will improve the quality of your life.
We act with honesty and our prices are transparent.
This is what Clear Choice Hearing Solutions is all about.
Using a video camera called an otoscope Mike will begin your hearing evaluation with a full inspection of your ear canals by looking inside of your ears to make sure there is no obstruction to the ear drum like wax or any other foreign matter. In order to be able to hear clearly, our ear canals must be free from blockages and our eardrums must be intact.
-Air Conduction Testing-
The next step in your hearing evaluation will begin to see how well you are able to hear sounds of various volumes of low to high frequencies. You will be asked to respond to a series of beeps in a variety of tones. By indicating when you can hear the sound being played, it provides an understanding of the pitches you are able to hear and evaluates all sections of your ear and tells us to what level of volume you are able to hear such tones.
-Bone Conduction Testing-
Many instances of hearing loss originate in the inner ear, and with bone conduction testing we find out how well the inner ear hears by responding to low and high frequencies. By this testing we will be able to determine exactly how well this portion of your ear is functioning. A device will be placed over your mastoid bone behind your ear, this device will send vibrations directly to your skull and in a manner similar to air conduction testing, This will help us determine how well you can interpret various pitches and frequencies presented from the inner ear and will inform us of what kind of hearing loss your are experiencing.
-Speech Recognition And Word Recognition Testing-
The final portions of your hearing evaluation are intended to determine how well you can hear and understand spoken words. During speech recognition testing, recorded words will be played for you at softer volumes until you can no longer hear them. In a similar fashion, word recognition testing asks that you repeat the words that are played at your comfort level of volume to analyze how well you can both hear and understand verbal communication. If we find that you do have a hearing impairment, the results of these two tests will be helpful in determining how effective hearing aids will be in your daily life.
-Speech In Noise (SIN) Testing-
Hearing speech in the presence of background noise can be significantly more difficult than in quiet. This testing is necessary to find out how well you understand speech in noise like areas such as restaurants. With this information we will be able to recommend the appropriate hearing devices and help provide proper expectations of your ability to understand speech in noise.
-Real Ear Measurements-
One of the single if not the most important procedure that could ever be performed on you and your hearing aids is Real Ear Measurement and Live Speech Mapping. Real Ear Measures, or Real Ear Verification, is the only way to ensure that your hearing aids are programmed correctly to your hearing loss prescription. Without using Real Ear Measurement, fitting a hearing aid is complete guesswork. At your follow up will conduct REM to insure that your fitting is correct based on your loss to insure your getting the maximum performance from your hearing devices.
-Custom Ear Molds / Ear Plugs-
While discussions around hearing loss often lead to a conversation about hearing aids, another important element to your hearing ability is often overlooked – protecting your ears from loud sounds. Like the popular saying goes, prevention is the best medicine, and with hearing loss this couldn’t be more true.
It can only take one instance of hearing a loud sound for you to sustain permanent damage to your hearing, and unfortunately many daily noises we encounter are much louder than what our ears can handle. With over 15% of Americans experiencing irreversible noise induced hearing loss, one thing is clear: more education is needed around how to adequately protect our hearing on a regular basis. We offer different styles and makes of molds to protect your hearing.
Whether you’re in law enforcement, are often around industrial equipment, or even enjoy recreational hunting or swimming, custom ear plugs and earmolds will make a huge difference in your ability to hear for years to come.
This direct knowledge of the impact that loud sounds can have on our hearing is why we are such strong advocates for preventing hearing loss before it begins. Our patients find they have the most success when using custom ear plugs and or earmolds, as these devices are comfortable and protect your hearing during a wide range of activities.
We will discuss these findings in great detail. Our goal is for you to fully understand how your hearing impairment is affecting your daily life and to offer resources and options for treatment and recommend the best solution to accomplish this goal.
Finding success with your new hearing aids is largely dependent on if you have the right technology, programmed precisely to your hearing loss prescription using Real Ear Measurement to test the validity of the fitting based on your hearing loss and receive excellent training on how to use your devices by applying best practices from the beginning of your journey of better hearing.
Today, there are more hearing aid styles available than ever before. This wide range of options falls into two types of styles: Behind-the-ear (BTE) and In-the-ear (ITE). In the end, the best hearing aid for you will address your unique hearing ability, lifestyle, and budget.
BTE hearing aids sit behind or on top of the outer ear with a tube that connects to an ear tip or mold inside of the ear canal. BTE’s offer the widest range of features, colors, sizes, battery types, and degrees of power. Today, they’re offered in small, discreet designs that are often unnoticeable when worn. There are a variety of BTE styles available including:
Mini BTEs are the smallest of the BTEs and equipped with a soft tip which come in various sizes and are attached the end of the tubing to enable airflow and sound to enter the ear canal along with the amplified sounds, creating a more natural experience.
Receiver-in-the-ear RITE or Receiver-in-canal RIC:
RITE hearing aids are designed with the speaker built into the ear tip instead of the main body of the hearing aid. They are often similar in size to the Mini BTEs and are also relatively unnoticeable when worn. Mini RITE’s are also available.
BTEs with Earmolds are designed with a custom earmold at the tip of the discrete tubing directing sound into the ear canal. These have a longer shape that follows the contour of the outer ear and enables them to house more features and power.
ITE hearing aids are worn in the ear instead of resting behind it, and are custom-fit based on an impression of the ear. There are a variety of ITE styles available including:
Invisible in-the-canal (IIC):
IIC instruments are the smallest custom hearing aids available. They sit deep within the canal and are nearly invisible to the naked eye.
Completely in-the-canal CIC instruments fit into the ear canal, but not as deeply as the IIC models. Slightly larger than the IIC, they are still relatively hard to see.
In-the-canal ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl. Since they are slightly larger than the CIC, they are able to hold additional features, including a larger battery, directional microphones, and volume controls.
ITE instruments fill the entire outer ear bowl. Their larger size allows for more features and functions, including a larger battery, directional microphones, volume controls, and larger receivers for more severe hearing losses.
Today’s hearing aids offer more than just amplified sounds – they feature advanced digital options that allow you to connect via Bluetooth to your favorite electronic devices. Some hearing aids are designed specifically for your iPhone® while others feature adaptability for televisions, radios, and more. Now, hearing aids can offer even more benefit to your daily life!
Part of what makes this wireless connectivity so incredible is the ease of use that comes along with your advanced hearing aid. In most cases, you can install an app onto your smartphone that allows you to adjust the volume or change the settings of your hearing aid. You can create a customized hearing experience depending on the environment you’re in, all with the discreet and simple action of touching the screen of your phone. Some hearing devices can even work to pick up the sounds around you and automatically adjust your settings based on your specific hearing needs.
Wireless features also work to improve your hearing ability and the ease in which you can communicate with others. Many hearing aids can link to your phone via Bluetooth technology to provide clear and crisp conversations. By streaming directly to your aids, you remove the possibility of feedback or asking people to repeat themselves. Other audio activities like enjoying podcasts, audiobooks, listening to music, and more can also stream directly to your devices, allowing you to enjoy your favorite hobbies once again. Try using your hearing aids as a high-definition headset as well for an unparalleled listening experience.
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