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. 

Ototoxicity

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.

hearing boothWe’ve been doing some remodeling at our main location in Mason City, Iowa. In a movement to make our office more handicap accessible, we made a few modifications to our hearing booth.

Our renovation removed the step, dropped the booth to ground level, and altered it to be wheelchair friendly. Although the modification was minor, it has opened new doors for our patients. We are now able to effortlessly provide a wide range of hearing tests to our patients with physical limitations.

As it says in our mission statement, “At Hearing Associates, P.C., our goal is to be your guide in your pursuit of better communication.