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Hearing Aids: An Investment in Your Quality of Life

by | Jan 21, 2020 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources, Technology

One benefit of being an audiologist is seeing how much someone’s quality of life improves when they start using a hearing aid. Frequently, our patients don’t realize how much they’ve been missing until they see how much a hearing aid changes their life.

It makes me smile when a new hearing aid user comes back and tells me how much they’re enjoying participating in conversations at social gatherings again. Yet, a better social life isn’t the only way hearing aids can improve your quality of life. Other benefits of using hearing aids include:

  • Better personal relationships
  • Decreased risk of dementia, depression, and falls
  • Improved job performance
  • More independence

On the other hand, the negative consequences of untreated hearing loss have been well-documented. Ignoring your hearing loss is closely linked to higher incidences of loneliness, cognitive (brain) decline, and depression. Research has shown untreated hearing loss is even strongly connected to higher healthcare costs.

Since hearing aids can improve your quality of life, we believe you’ll discover they are a worthwhile investment.

How Large Will Your Investment Be?

It depends. The cost of hearing aids can vary greatly. But what most people don’t realize is that the cost of the hearing aid itself is only a small part of the investment. A vast majority of the value comes from the continued aftercare we provide at our clinic following your initial hearing aid purchase. Purchasing hearing aids is only the start of your investment and the start of your journey to better hearing with North Houston Hearing Solutions.

What You Get for Your Investment

Some of our patients are afraid such a significant investment will get them a clunky device like the one they remember a grandparent using. Let’s put those fears to rest. Today’s hearing aids bear little resemblance to the oversized, underperforming devices of the past.

Discreet Devices

Hearing aids are much smaller than they used to be. Several styles of hearing instruments are available. Invisible in the canal styles fit inside your ear canal and aren’t visible to others. Completely in the canal and behind-the-ear devices are nearly invisible.

Noise Reduction

Yesterday’s hearing aids had another problem. They amplified the background noise you didn’t want to hear. Modern hearing aids offer noise reduction to address that problem. The level of noise reduction available varies from hearing aid to hearing aid.

Advanced Technology

Most modern hearing instruments are digital. Many hearing aids offer wireless connectivity to Bluetooth-compatible devices like your smartphone and television.

No one has to know you’re adjusting your hearing aid in public. Many hearing aid manufacturers have developed apps that let you control your hearing aid with your smartphone.

We Understand You’re Making an Investment

We’re sensitive to the budget requirements of our patients. At our hearing center, we work with several hearing aid manufacturers. That gives us the flexibility to find the best hearing aid for your lifestyle and budget.

Insurance Coverage May Help

Our hearing center has relationships with all major health insurance providers. We have insurance specialists on staff who would be happy to check your insurance benefits. After they research your coverage, they’ll let you know whether your benefits cover the hearing assessment, hearing aids, ongoing hearing care, or if there’s no coverage.

At North Houston Hearing Solutions, we’re available to help you invest in your quality of life. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2003, and earned her Doctorate of Audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a preferred provider for the American Institute of Balance (ABI), a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association. In addition to her years of experience identifying, diagnosing and treating all types and degrees of hearing loss, and vestibular disorders, Dr. Brooks has spent the last 13 years becoming an expert in Tinnitus management and therapy. Dr. Brooks is also one of the few providers in the country certified for Lyric Implantable Devices. For over seven years, Dr. Brooks successfully ran and operated more than six audiology clinics for one of the largest practices in the state of Texas before joining the North Houston Hearing Solutions team in 2016. Dr. Brooks prides herself on providing her patients with the highest quality of care. She loves her patients dearly and feels so fortunate that she gets to help improve their daily lives. This love, combined with her impressive skill set, business experience and passion for helping people hear has made Dr. Lacey Brooks a wonderful addition to the North Houston Hearing Solutions’ team. When not at the office, Dr. Brooks enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, family, and friends. Dr. Brooks is also very involved in her church and with mission work in her community and abroad.

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