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How to Find High Quality Hearing Aids in Jacksonville, FL

Did you know hearing aids are more sophisticated than simply making noise louder? Not only are there different types of hearing aids for specific types of hearing loss, there are also many styles to compliment lifestyle concerns. Learn how our Audiologists will help you to find high quality hearing aids.

How to Find High Quality Hearing Aids

Need Help? Talk to Our Audiologists

Our audiologists will work with you to select the best hearing aid for your needs. The audiologist will choose the most appropriate amplifier and circuitry for your particular hearing aid needs while keeping in mind any aesthetic and lifestyle concerns you may have.

Need Help with Your Hearing Aids?

In the past few years, advances in hearing aids have been making a significant difference in the lives of millions. The hearing aids of today are highly effective and sophisticated wearable electronics that help those with hearing loss stay actively connected.

Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center conveniently offers many hearing aid services:

➤ Hearing Aid Evaluations
➤ Hearing Aid Sales & Service
➤ Hearing Aid Orientations
➤ Hearing Aid Checks
➤ Hearing Aid Repairs
➤ In/Out of Warranty Service & Repairs

If you have further questions about what type of hearing aids or services we offer, or to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎.

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Finding a Solution to Hearing Loss Inspires Jacksonville Woman to Help Others

For a portion of her life, Susan Bence wore only one hearing aid, but after the birth of her third child, her hearing loss increased significantly. Needing to be able to hear to find work, Susan sought help. The assistance of two organizations paired with her enduring tenacity made all the difference.

After calling several places, Susan discovered the Florida Department of Education. She was directed to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). They understood she would need a second hearing aid to be able to work and offered to help.

“Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center was willing to accept the Vocational Rehabilitation insurance payment,” said Susan “And even better, I was treated by audiologist Fenja Mattson She’s wonderful.” Mattson, a long-time audiologist at Speech & Hearing Center, also suffers from hearing loss and wears hearing aids.

“She goes above and beyond,” explained Susan. “She was so encouraging and she kept saying that we were going to be able to make it happen so I could hear and get a job. Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is a really a comforting place to go.”

Armed with new hearing aids, Susan now works for One Call Care Management. “This experience has made me want to be closer to the deaf community and help others who need assistance,” she adds.

Finding a Solution to Hearing Loss

About Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation program is committed to helping people with disabilities become part of America’s workforce. Our employer-focused website, FLJobConnections.com, allows businesses to search at no charge for employees who are ready to go to work, as well as to post available jobs. VR has 111 offices across Florida, and last year helped 6,071 Floridians with significant disabilities find or keep a job. For more information about VR and its services, call (800) 451-4327 or visit link: rehabworks.org.

About Hearing Aids at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

Services offered at The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center include:

  • Hearing Aid Evaluations
  • Hearing Aid Sales & Service
  • Hearing Aid Orientations
  • Hearing Aid Checks
  • Hearing Aid Repairs
  • In/Out of Warranty Service & Repairs
  • A variety of hearing aid manufacturers, with attention to the latest research and performance studies for the style of hearing aid best suited for each individual’s hearing loss.
  • Detailed information about all amplification options is provided to improve quality of life through better hearing
  • Hearing aid fittings include periodic adjustments and programming, verification testing, and hands-on support to ensure maximum benefit from amplification.
  • All hearing aids have a 30-day trial period.
  • All hearing aids come with full warranty coverage.
  • Repair services include minor in-office and send out manufacturer-based options.
  • We also offer custom fit noise protection, waterproof ear molds, IPOD ear molds, and can order a wide variety of other assistive listening devices.

Our audiologists will select the best style of hearing aid for the specific hearing loss you have, keeping in mind any cosmetic and lifestyle concerns you may have. What goes inside the hearing aid is also very important in the selection of the hearing aid. The audiologist can choose the most appropriate amplifier and circuitry for your particular hearing aid needs. Click to learn more on our website.

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Jacksonville Magazine Article on Hearing Loss and Technology

“Can You Hear Me Now?”

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Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center in June 2015 issue of 904 Magazine, published by Jacksonville Magazine.

In the June 2015 issue of 904 Magazine published by Jacksonville Magazine, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is spotlighted in an article titled “Can You Hear Me Now?”

The article focuses on how important technology can be in overcoming hearing loss. In it, two professional communicators explain how hearing loss has impacted their careers and work and the role of technology in helping them overcome the associated challenges.

We are so proud to share this spotlight moment with our supporters and to share this story on hearing loss and technology! Please check out the June 2015 issue of 904 Magazine. We’re on page 20&21.

 

Hearing Aids: Helpful Tips & What to Expect

Deaf woman takes a hearing testWe recently spoke with Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center patient Amy R. and asked her to share her experience with hearing loss diagnosis and with wearing hearing aids. Amy offers some helpful suggestions and insight.

 

How do I adjust to hearing aids?

A lot of people worry that when they get hearing aids they’re going to have problems adjusting. While I didn’t have a lot of issues, I know some people do. What I would say to them is go to Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center to have them identify what’s going on. Since hearing aids are now digital, when you go through the hearing test, they simply plug your hearing aid into the computer. This way they can determine where you lack the ability to hear. For me, high-pitched sounds are increased as opposed to the low pitch. There is no reason you have to suffer if you feel like you can’t adjust. I know the people at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center can help you.

 

What are the benefits of hearing aids?

I know what it is like to struggle with hearing loss. Even with hearing aids my hearing isn’t perfect. I would encourage people to seek answers because there are so many wonderful things in life to hear like children or grandchildren, music, or maybe your work. When I put my hearing aids in in the morning and I hear my cat snore and I hear the birds tweet outside, then I know this is something I would miss out on if I didn’t have the tools to hear.

 

How do I convince my spouse to get tested for hearing aids?Ear examination

My hearing aids were so helpful to me that I convinced my husband to go have his hearing tested. Initially I thought he was just ignoring me as some husbands will playfully. I did think part of that was because he couldn’t hear me. Sure enough, he went and got tested, and he needed hearing aids as well. Now when he doesn’t hear me, I know it’s not about the hearing, it is about the topic! His hearing loss is different than mine, so having that special test with an audiologist who has decades of experience helped define what kind of hearing aid he needed to wear as opposed to what kind of hearing aid I wear.

 

Does family history play a role in needing hearing aids?

I come from a family that has a lot of hearing problems, but I still thought it would never happen to me. Then one day I found myself in the ear nose and throat doctor’s office and they told me I probably needed to get hearing aids. It was a very scary experience. My doctor recommended I go to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. Even though I had lived in Jacksonville a long time, I didn’t really know them. I was thrilled when I got there to meet Dr. Mattson. Dr. Mattson is a young woman who grew up wearing hearing aids so she knew exactly what to tell me about the process. I didn’t want to appear like an old lady. I didn’t want to have all the feedback my grandmother had with her hearing aids, but most of all I wanted to be able to do my job. As a public relations professional, if you can’t communicate, which includes listening to clients, listening to media, and listening to coworkers, you cannot be a good public relations professional. Dr. Mattson walked me through the process, got me fitted with my first pair of hearing aids. When I totally freaked out when I was hearing all the sounds I hadn’t heard in a long time, she helped me with that too. It was great to have someone who understood what I was going through and could react to that. That was seven or eight years ago. I’m on my second pair of hearing aids now, and frankly, I could not have a conversation without me having hearing aids since I have lost all the higher registers. I can’t hear certain voices, especially female voices since they tend to be higher registers. It has changed my life. I am so grateful to Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. As a nonprofit, I know they think about me the patient, and that they are going to recommend something that works especially for me as opposed to something that may be “on special” at another company. Nice people, convenient location, people who know what I am going through, it’s a win-win.

 

Hispanic woman giving senior Hispanic couple bad newsTell us about hearing loss diagnosis.

When I started to lose my hearing, I didn’t want to face reality. My children said to me “Mom, you’re not hearing.” and I would say “No, no, no.”  In the office when I was meeting with clients, it was like all of the sudden I lost the ability to understand what I was doing there because I could not hear. When you can’t hear, your cognition and your understanding of your environment just goes down the tubes. So I finally got up the nerve to go to the ear nose and throat doctor who said I had to go to Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. Don’t go to a place that only sells one type of hearing aid because you only get what they have, not necessarily what you need.

 

What tools are there for living with hearing aids?

If you are suffering from hearing loss and you are thinking about getting hearing aids, there are a number of tools that work with hearing aids that could make your life even easier. There is a streamer which is a Bluetooth enabled piece of equipment. It enables you to pair your Bluetooth smart phone with your hearing aid. For example, if you’re driving in your car and you get a call, it will ring through your hearing aids. You press the button on the streamer and you can just talk, you don’t have to hold the phone, and you can hear the conversation perfectly because it is coming right into your ears. There is also equipment you can add to your home phone or your home television that will enable the sounds to go directly to your hearing aids. They can be a godsend, particularly with television shows that have a lot of dialogue or when they have young actors who mumble or talk to the floor and you can’t see their face.

 

How can hearing aids change the impact of hearing loss on business?

Getting hearing aids meant the world to my business because as I mentioned, I couldn’t hear clients, or I couldn’t hear conversations on the phone, or couldn’t talk to my co-workers. If you’re struggling to hear at work, or if you work with someone who is struggling to hear, be compassionate. Explain to them that you know there is an answer there. You can get some help. There is someone who has gone through what they are going through. Try to be understanding when they go through the process of getting hearing aids. Getting hearing aids does not automatically mean you can hear a pin drop. Tell people “Please don’t talk to the floor” or “Please look at me when you talk” or “Don’t mumble, learn to project”. Don’t be embarrassed to say “I didn’t catch that”. Lots of times with clients now, I’m not embarrassed about hearing aids, I’ll tell them upfront that I’m wearing hearing aids which means sometimes I might miss something. I tell them if it looks like I don’t understand or that I haven’t heard them, it’s okay to say to me “Did you hear that?”  I won’t feel bad about it.

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Top 7 Reasons You Should Join Us for FinFest!

 

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If you want to support a worthy cause AND have a fabulous time, join us for our annual fundraising event, FinFest 2015: Return to the River, on May 30, 2015. FinFest is our largest fundraiser, raising the funds needed for Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center to provide our community with quality speech and hearing services. Here are our Top 7 reasons you will want to get your tickets to FinFest 2015: Return to the River.

Top 7 Reasons You Should Join Us for FinFest

1. This is Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center’s biggest fundraising event. As the only non-profit agency in Northeast Florida accredited for both speech-language pathology and audiology services, we provide high quality care through the generosity of our community to ensure no one is turned away. In 2014, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center helped 5,290 people with speech and hearing disorders in Northeast Florida through professional speech and audiology therapies. This is your opportunity to make a difference.

2. Through our Preschool Communication Initiative, we have provided speech and hearing screenings to 2,385 children at 75 preschools in Duval County. It is our vision that every child aged 3 to 5 in a five-county Northeast Florida area will be identified, diagnosed and treated for speech, language and hearing disorders, enabled to start kindergarten on an even keel developmentally, free from stigma, with their classmates.

3. Listen to excellent live music from St. Augustine’s Henry and the Seahawks. Henry and the SeaHawks are known for their tropical hoedown style music played with passion, sweat, and as they like to say- “sunshine.”

4. Enjoy the beautiful scenery at the Timuquana Country Club. Timuquana Country Club is one of Florida’s premier country clubs as well as one of the oldest in Jacksonville. The club’s location on the western edge of the St. Johns River gives it a “million dollar view” of the Jacksonville skyline.

5. Meet First Coast News Anchor Katie Jeffries and our Honorary Co-Chairs.  As our official Master of Ceremonies, Katie will bring her professional experience and pleasant personality to ensure you know when all the special events of the evening are happening. Moody and Natali Chisholm, John and Gena Delaney, Artis and Enola Gay Gilmore, Robert and Margaret Hill, and John Falconetti and Shannon Miller will serve as our Honorary Co-Chairs of FinFest.

6. Participate in an auction to acquire fabulous items. With quality items donated from local and national businesses, athletes, artists, and authors, you are sure to find a valuable treasure.

7. Let us not forget- have FUN! Make sure to put on your best Hawaiian/Beach casual outfit, invite your friends, make new connections and be ready to have a memorable evening!

Make sure to join us on our Facebook event page and invite your friends!jacksonville events finfest

For sponsorship and ticket info, contact Kristen Dietzen at 904-355-3403 or kdietzen@shcjax.org.

For auction donations, contact Cathy Howland at 904-355-3403 or chowland@shcjax.org.

We will see you there!

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Audiology Awareness to Prevent Hearing Loss

October is National Audiology Awareness Month

Hearing loss is an increasing health concern that is often preventable. Noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss and can result in difficulty sleeping and high blood pressure. Noise induced hearing loss occurs gradually and without pain. Experts agree that regular exposure to sounds of 85 decibels or louder are detrimental to hearing.

The good news is that noise-induced hearing loss is preventable!

Here are 3 key steps you can take to prevent hearing loss:

1. Make sure to take proper precautions with your hearing should you find yourself in a situation with large amounts of noise.

2. Use ear protection whenever possible, particularly when working with loud machinery such as lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and jackhammers.

3. If you plan on attending a concert or sporting event, make sure to protect your ears! Recent statistics suggest a trend of noise induced hearing loss occurring at younger ages. Ear plugs and earmuffs for noise protection can be purchased at your local drug, hardware, or sporting goods store.

Our doctoral level licensed audiologists can assess your hearing. Earplugs are also available for purchase!

For more information on healthy hearing, check out the link below from the American Academy of Audiology.

http://www.audiology.org/publications-resources/consumer-information/october