Assistive Listening Device
What is an Assistive Listening Device?
An Assistive Listening Device (ALD's) is any type of device that can help a hearing impaired person function better in their day-to-day communication situations. An ALD can be used with or without hearing aids to overcome the negative effects of distance, background noise, or poor room acoustics. So even though you may have a hearing aid, ALD's can offer greater ease of hearing (and therefore reduced stress and fatigue) in many day-to-day communication situations. A combination of both hearing aids and ALD's results in better listening and better communication.
What kind of ALD’s are there?
There are many examples of ALD's including the following:
• Personal listening systems (pocket talkers; telelphone amplifying
devices for cordless, cellular, digital and wired phones)
• Amplified answering machines
• Amplified telephones with different frequency responses
• Paging systems
• Wake-up alarms and lights
Custom Fit Earmolds
What are they?
Custom fit earmolds are essentially ear pieces desigined specifically for your ear(s), providing superior comfort and performance. After a trained audiologist takes an impression of a person's ear, it can be used to make any of the following types of custom fit earmolds, among others, in essentially any color or combinations of colors that you could want.
Custom product that can be worn for extended periods of time
Great for anyone exposed to any time of noise either occupationally or recreationally
Earbuds snap into these molds to allow better sound quality at lower, safer volume levels
A must for anyone who uses an iPod or other listening device
Hearing loss from such devices is happening at alarming rates, particularly with children
Designed to protect the hearing of musicians of all ages and music types without sacrificing sound quality
Great for children in school bands, people in music groups, people that attend concerts, etc.
Protects the ears from water
Great for people that get swimmer's ear or people who have tubes or holes in their eardrums
Amplified devices for hunters that will shut off when a firearm discharges
For pilot headsets (shown), stethoscopes, newscaster/teleprompters, etc.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is hearing ringing, buzzing, or other sounds without an external cause. These other sounds may include: high pitched whining, buzzing, hissing, humming, whistling, ticking, clicking, roaring, "crickets," "tree frogs," "locusts." tunes, or beeping. It has also been described as a "whooshing" sound, like wind or waves. Tinnitus can be intermittent or it can be continuous. In the latter case, this "phantom" sound can create great distress in the sufferer. The sound perceived may range from a quiet background noise to one that can be heard even over loud external sounds. Patients may experience tinnitus in one or both ears and the causes are many. Hearing loss, noise exposure, head injuries and ear pathologies are just a few of the causes of Tinnitus.
What should be done about Tinnitus?
If you or someone you know suffers from Tinnitus, it is important that you or they have a hearing test to help determine if hearing loss is to blame or rule out anything that could be medically treatable. A hearing test, along with special tinnitus mapping and matching can provide most, if not all, of the answers needed to discuss treatment options.