At Hearing Associates P.C., we are committed to providing excellent customer service and quality hearing aids since 1987. We are your hearing healthcare expert in Mason City, Northern Iowa, and Albert Lea, Minnesota. We offer a wide range of patient-focused audiology services, including screenings for candidacy for Bone Anchored Hearing Aids and bone conduction testing.

What are Bone Anchored Hearing Aids?

Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHAs) are surgically implanted and uses your natural ability to create sound to detour around the damaged outer and middle ear, and then sends clear and crisp sounds directly to your inner ear through the skull (or bone conduction). It differs from a normal hearing aid because a hearing aid pushes sound through the damaged part of the ear.

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History of BAHA

The world's first bone conduction implant was created more than 35 years ago, and it opened up many possibilities for people suffering from conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss and single-sided deafness. Since it was created, the technology of BAHA has changed the lives of more than 120,000 people.

Benefits

Sufferers of hearing loss can benefit from BAHAs, especially ones with chronic middle ear or outer ear problems. The first category of candidates that benefit are patients with natural defects of the ear who aren’t able to wear hearing aids may be candidates for a BAHA. As long as one of their ears has a cochlea that can hear. The second category of candidates are patients with single-sided deafness. This can include patients who have lost all or most of their hearing in one ear, but have good hearing in the other. A BAHA may be an excellent alternative for patients who do not find a traditional hearing aid helpful.

BAHA is FDA approved for children over the age of five. For children with hearing loss under the age of 5, Cochlear has recently launched the SoundArc - a product for children who are too young for surgery or adults who want to trial the product before moving forward with the implant system.

How it Works

The BAHA system is centered around bone conduction. It uses a titanium implant, which is surgically placed in the skull bone behind the non-functioning ear. A brace connects the sound processor with the implant in the bone. This connection creates direct bone conduction but in contrast, some traditional bone conductors attach indirectly to the bone through unbroken skin and work by applying pressure on the skull. Direct bone conduction, provided by BAHAs, may provide enhanced access to sound when compared to traditional because sound is not faded when passing through the skin, muscle and fat covering the skull.

Hearing Associates does not perform the surgeries but we refer our patients to local ENT’s. We are able to screen for candidacy and we do complete bone conduction testing. We also sell the devices and provide the ENT with client medical recommendations.


At Hearing Associates, you can expect courteous service, thorough follow-up care, and a lasting commitment to your satisfaction at all of our locations. Schedule your appointment today!

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440px Widex logoThe Widex product collection features hearing aids for all forms of hearing loss. Let Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa and Albert Lea Minnesota uncover your needs and explore how Widex products and solutions can help you. We will help you chose the right hearing aid to fit your lifestyle and needs.

With Widex, you get a powerful and real listening experience. Being able to hear speech and sounds and having conversations both in-person and on the phone is essential.

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UNIQUE Hearing Aids

  • A broader sound picture, hearing both soft and loud sounds with ease
  • Unsurpassed wind noise reduction system, perfect in windy surroundings
  • Automatically detects your listening situation and produces the right sound at the right time
  • Allows you to hear more sounds, no matter where you are, or what you're doing
    • UNIQUE CIC (Completely In Canal) MICRO -one of the smallest CIC’s on the market
    • UNIQUE XP –made for those who prefer power and functionality
    • UNIQUE Passion –discreet and sophisticated, practically invisible
    • UNIQUE Fusion –with three different receivers, these are customizable with ear-tip and ear mold options
    • UNIQUE Fashion & Fashion Mini - incredible sound in a compact, comfortable BTE (Behind The Ear) with an extremely long battery life.

SUPER Hearing Aids

  • Perfect solution when you need power and clarity with no distortion
  • Small and stylish RITE (Receiver-in-the-ear)
  • Comfortable enough when you hear what people behind you are saying
  • Blocks background noise in environments such as a restaurant
  • Weather resistant for outdoor elements
  • Powerful with a long battery life

At Hearing Associates, our knowledgeable staff will answer all of your questions about Widex hearing aids and how they can help with your hearing loss.
Schedule an appointment at our main office in Mason City, or our other locations in northern Iowa and Minnesota.

unitron logo1At Unitron, they design hearing devices to reach just the right balance of desirable aesthetics, complete comfort and functionality, so they fit effortlessly into each patient’s life. Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa and Albert Lea, Minnesota will help you chose the right hearing aid to fit your needs.
Unitron’s goal is to create an easy and enjoyable hearing experience for their customers. When the patient is wearing a comfortable hearing aid, they are able to experience the advanced technology that is provided during sound amplification.

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Moxi Hearing Aid Family

  • Moxi Fit- It’s new inside and out. Enjoy style and functionality in perfect harmony, with a 312 battery, push button and telecoil.
  • Moxi Kiss- Award-winning style, plus a 312 battery and fully automatic performance. There’s nothing more satisfying than a Kiss.
  • Moxi Dura- Offers reliability and durability, with a 13 battery that easily keeps up with whatever each new day brings.
  • Moxi Now – The world’s smallest wireless receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid, the tiny Moxi Now delivers comfort, aesthetics, and functionality. Just “set and forget” this hearing aid and wear it comfortably, all day long. The Moxi Now technology allows wearers to enjoy conversations while experiencing natural sound.
  • Moxi Fit R - A rechargeable hearing aid the same style and functionality as the Moxi Fit

Stride 

  • Stride M - Behind-the-ear hearing aid that offers a comfortable fit, and intuitive control with a 312 batter
  • Stride MR - Rechargeable version of the Stride M
  • Stride P - A wireless 13 battery behind-the-ear  hearing aid 
  • Stride P Dura - The most durable and moisture-resistant design.

 

 

At Hearing Associates, our knowledgeable staff will answer all of your questions about Unitron hearing aids.Schedule an appointment at our main office in Mason City, or our other locations in northern Iowa and Albert Lea Minnesota.

Starkey Hearing Aids

starkeyHearing loss is something you just simply cannot ignore. Untreated, it can create severe effects on your well-being and health, but early treatment can make a huge difference. At Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa and Albert Lea, Minnesota will help you chose the right hearing aid to fit your needs.

Over time, decreased stimulation to your ears and brain can actually damage the brain's capability to process sounds and speech. When you are unable to hear every day sounds, your mental alertness and communication skills can suffer. The earlier you start to manage your hearing loss with hearing aids, the sooner you will start to notice the benefits.

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Halo & Halo 2

  • Made for iPhone to stream phone calls, music and more, directly to your hearing aids
  • Delivers perfect sound and listening clarity
  • Reduce buzzing and whistling sounds
  • Helps you understand conversations and listen comfortably 

SoundLens Synergy

  • Invisible and small, unnoticeable for others
  • Custom-made for you
  • For mild to moderately severe hearing loss

Muse & 3 Series 

  • These technologies are available in the following styles :
    • Receiver-In-Canal (RIC)
    • Completely-In-Canal (CIC)
    • Behind-The-Ear (BTE)
    • In-The-Canal (ITC)
    • In-The-Ear (ITE)
  • Discreet design
  • Assortment of color options available
  • Custom-made for you
  • Easy to adjust with rotary dial
  • For mild to severe hearing loss

Tinnitus Relief

  • Variety of color options
  • Easy to use buttons and/or dials
  • First-ever touch control panel

Hearing Amplifiers

  • Designed for patients not ready for hearing aids or first-time users
  • Invisible in most ears
  • Easy to remove

At Hearing Associates, our knowledgeable staff will answer all of your questions about Starkey hearing aids. Schedule an appointment at our main office in Mason City, or our other locations in northern Iowa and Albert Lea Minnesota.

Gn ReSound LogoHearing has never been so effortless. There are many reasons as to why you should join the smart hearing revolution. Hearing Associates in Mason City, Iowa and Albert Lea, Minnesota will help you chose the right hearing aid to fit your needs.

 

 

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ReSound LiNX2

With ReSound LiNX2, you’ll discover all the benefits of smarter hearing that fits your lifestyle. Effortless hearing, just as nature intended it to be. Uncomplicated.

  • Top-rated sound quality and comfort with surround sound by ReSound™
  • Modern, discreet and durable
  • Full range of designs and colors
  • High quality, durable materials
  • Components coated with iSolate™ nanotech to repel water, dust, earwax and sweat
  • Direct stereo streaming made for Android and Apple products, like Bluetooth earphones
  • New Binaural Directionality™II with Spatial Sense™ supports the brain’s natural capacity when processing sounds

ReSound Smart App

  • Adjust volume, treble and bass
  • Speech is easier to understand
  • Create your favorite programs
    • Reduced wind noise
    • Speech focus beam
    • Connect and control to your wireless accessories, like Apple Watch

Tinnitus treatment

ReSound LiNX2 combines both advanced and custom tinnitus therapy in their hearing aids. It works by directing attention away from your ears recognizing the tinnitus with selected pre-installed therapy sounds.

At Hearing Associates, our knowledgeable staff will answer all of your questions about ReSound hearing aids. Schedule an appointment at our main office in Mason City, or our other locations in northern Iowa and Albert Lea Minnesota.