Trusted Hearing Aid Retailer in Lebanon Valley
Offering a Complete Range of State of the Art Hearing Aids to Suit Your Needs & Lifestyle
Hearing aids are small electronic devices that are worn in or behind the ear so that a person with hearing loss can carry on with their day to day activities without any hassle. Hearing aids amplify the sound vibrations that enter the ear, thereby improving communication ability. MMM ENT Associates has been voted best in the Lebanon Valley for 10 years in a row!
Our team investigates the cause of your hearing loss and recommends the best hearing aid, keeping in mind your concerns about hearing loss, lifestyle and aesthetic appeal.View Video
It might take some time to adjust to a new hearing aid. This is because the brain has stopped processing sounds for a while and needs time to re-educate itself in recognizing sounds. At first you might be little overwhelmed listening to new sounds, however, patience and rest are recommended to adapt fully to the new hearing aid.
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Over-the-counter (OTC) Hearing Aids
At Melnick, Moffitt, & Mesaros ENT Associates we are committed to providing superior, personalized patient care. OTC hearing aids have been around for decades but due to regulations, they are only now allowed to be called “hearing aids”. There are several key differences between traditional prescription hearing aids and OTC devices. When you get traditional hearing aids at our practice, an audiologist, alongside an otolaryngologist, performs a comprehensive evaluation of the outer, middle, and inner ear. This ensures that the ear is clear of things like wax and fluid which could cause a temporary hearing loss. It also ensures that there are no other conditions present that need to be addressed with medical or surgical intervention. Your ability to understand speech and to hear different pitches are assessed in a sound-treated booth. When someone purchases an OTC device, there is no professional medical or audiological evaluation. When we prescribe hearing aids, we also take a thorough history of your hearing needs in order to choose what technology and style is best for you. Unlike OTC devices, hearing aids are not one size fits all; no two people’s ears are alike. It is important to note that there is a significant difference in the technology of traditional hearing aids vs. OTC devices; processing ability which affects things like sound quality, speech clarity, and background noise reduction, is far superior in traditional hearing aids. After selecting the appropriate aids for each person, they are then programmed by the audiologist based on the hearing assessment. Regular follow ups are also an important part of your hearing care in order to make sure the hearing aids are clean and functioning appropriately, to confirm software is up-to-date, and so that the programming reflects changes in hearing over time. We are here to provide in-person support for any issue that may arise. Contrarily, programming, checking, and servicing of OTC devices is left up to the consumer. By providing prescription hearing aids, we at MMM ENT are ensuring that our patients receive the best quality of care for their individual hearing needs.
OVER-THE-COUNTER (OTC) HEARING DEVICES
- Limited style and technology options
- No professional programming or adjustments based on hearing loss
- No follow-up clinical support
- No long-term plan of care or medical management
PRESCRIPTION HEARING AIDS
- A customized hearing treatment plan
- Prescription-fit hearing aids that are professionally programmed to address the unique needs of the patient
- Ongoing support including regular cleanings and checks, troubleshooting, and programming updates
- Continued medical management of hearing loss
“Went to Dr. Melnick hoping for a good hearing aid test so I can get the right hearing aid. After examining me, he placed a tube in my ears and sent me home with perfect hearing with no need for a hearing aid. Thanks Dr. Melnick.