On February 4th, we had the opportunity to have Dr. Shane Chase, regional representative from Oticon, and 15 of our patients in our office for an informal Lunch and Learn experience. We enjoyed a catered Chick-fil-a lunch and an hour which included some of these questions and answers:
- Why are hearing aids so expensive? Essentially, you are paying for miniaturized computer technology. The processing ability and programming that makes today’s hearing devices able to function is not too far from the laptop or desktop computer you use for your day-to-day operations. Any time you make technology smaller, it gets more expensive. Plus, because hearing aids are used in ears which can be moist and filled with wax, the components in hearing aids must be very high quality and have long lasting coatings. All of this contributes to their price.
- Why do I still have a hard time hearing with my hearing aids? Many people think that getting hearing aids will be like getting glasses– as soon as you put them on, everything will be back to normal. However, a more apt analogy is like using a cane or crutches. While hearing devices make communication much easier, they can’t restore hearing to normal. Just as you wouldn’t expect to be able to try out a cane and run a marathon with it the next day, you need to realize that hearing better with hearing aids is a process and your success will depend not only on the level of technology that you purchase, but on the expertise of your American Fork audiologist and on your own commitment to use them.
- What is brain hearing? Brain Hearing is proprietary Oticon technology that helps you to localize sound and helps your brain to process information. It helps your brain to determine what is more important in the sounds you hear– it is more than just adding volume. To hear better, you must think brain first before ears, which includes orienting to sound, separating sounds you hear, focusing on the sounds that you want to hear and recognizing what you are hearing. Brain hearing makes this process much more natural. Brain Hearing technology focuses on spatial sound and speech and it will match individuals with unique preferences– like a fingerprint.
- Is hearing cognitive? Yes. We all hear, but it is the understanding that is different.
- How come I can hear but not understand? Back to brain hearing– ears are a pathway to the brain. With Brain Hearing Technology, there is a 96% satisfaction rate– and people who have been wearing other hearing aids especially seem to notice and appreciate the difference. Things aren’t louder– they are just more natural and more clear.
- What makes Oticon better? Oticon has invested many resources into making their hearing aids process sound in real time. This means that there is no delay between the sound that comes into the hearing aid and the processed sound that goes into your ear. Combine that with the ability for the hearing aids to “talk” to each other to even out and equalize sound based on your hearing loss and preferences makes sound much more natural.
We plan to make these events bi-monthly throughout this year. If you are interested in attending an event, call 801-770-0801 to be placed on the invitation list!