Moxi FamilyHearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa, understands that everyone has favorite sounds. Ones that make us smile, like birds chirping. Ones that we cherish, like the laughter of a loved one. That’s why we offer an array of state-of-the-art hearing aids from the top manufacturers worldwide, like Unitron. Our expertise, technology and care will bring you from silence to better hearing.

Hearing Associates is pleased to offer Unitron’s newest hearing aid, the Moxi Now. This device is both comfortable and powerful for the wearer. In fact, it’s the world’s smallest wireless receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid. Despite its size, the hearing device is packed with features.

Aural Rehabilitation

At Hearing Associates in Iowa, we’re ready to address your hearing health when you are. If we identify hearing loss during your testing, we’ll help you explore all of the options available to improve your communication skills.

There’s a common misconception that hearing aids are the “cure all” for hearing impairments. But, improved communication involves long-term rehabilitation in which hearing aids play a part.

When you enter our “Your Hearing Journey” aural rehab classes, you will set realistic goals, and know what to expect from both your hearing aids and your hearing aid provider. Remember, we’re just as committed and motivated as you are.

So, what is aural rehabilitation? See how our cutting-edge “Your Hearing Journey” program can enhance your communication, hearing aid adjustment period and overall well-being. 


Treating medical conditions without creating unwanted side effects – or new conditions altogether – is a delicate situation. And with so many drugs on the market, it’s important to be informed and aware of your course of therapy.

Ototoxicity – sometimes referred to as ear poisoning – results from exposure to drugs or chemicals that damage the inner ear or the vestibule-cochlea nerve. Common medicines that can cause hearing loss include a range of antibiotics, diuretics, chemotherapeutic agents and NSAIDs, as well as environmental chemicals and other substances, like lead, mercury and carbon monoxide.

Whether your medication regimen is temporary or long-term, it’s important to be aware of the signs of ototoxicity and get ahead of any potential problems. The audiologists at Hearing Associates – located in Mason City, Iowa, and Albert Lea, Minnesota – can help. Read on to find out how, or call 888.760.2032 to schedule your hearing evaluation.

OpnDevicehandOne of the most challenging social situations for those with hearing loss is dining in a restaurant, where background noise and multiple speakers compete for attention.

Traditional hearing aids address this problem by focusing on one speaker only and closing down other sounds – a process called directionality.

Oticon’s Opn hearing aid is a quantum leap forward. Opn uses the groundbreaking, rapid sound-processing platform Velox to enable wearers to follow conversations involving multiple speakers in complex sound environments.

The Velox platform is 50 times faster than previous hearing aid sound processing technology. It scans, analyzes and reacts to noise in any environment approximately 100 times per second. So, Opn wearers can enjoy an open sound experience in which surrounding sounds are available, but not overbearing or intrusive. Users also can quickly shift their attention and follow the sounds they want to hear.

The Oticon Opn makes hearing easier on the brain by:
• Increasing speech understanding by 30%
• Decreasing listening effort by 20%
• Improving conversation recall by 20%

RacecarHearing is an important part of life, and many motorsport fans do not follow common hearing protection practices. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that a person can listen to a constant sound, up to a 90 decibel (dB) for 8 hours straight without any hearing damage. At 115 dB, you can listen to a constant sound safely for only 15 minutes. One race car at full throttle is approximately 130 dB echoing off of aluminum grandstands. Ear plugs and ear muffs are the best solution to protecting your hearing while at the racetrack.

We strive to be a part of the Southern Minnesota/Northern Iowa community and we are pleased to announce that Hearing Associates is one of the official sponsors of Levi Nielsen Motorsports.