IMS Observations

My husband, Kevin, was at an Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) event the other day and I’ve trained (educated) him to look for hearing aids and hearing protection. Ha! He said there were multiple places where you could get ear plugs and most of them included some kind of marketing connection.  Hmmmm… something for me to think about.

Hearing Aids at IMS? Not during a race!!!

He snapped a picture of the gentleman to the right, watching a race with his hearing aids on.Yeah, this is an example of one of those few times I recommend NOT wearing your hearing aid!!! Even with an existing hearing loss, you should be wearing ear protection. You could be damaging ranges of hearing where you were previously adequate.

But then he also saw this cute “Pit Crew”. He spoke to their mother before taking the picture. They got recommendations from their audiologist for the proper headphones for this application. The set the baby on the left is wearing is a hand-me-down from her older sister, so they’re old hands at this. Getting used to them at a young age not only helps make them acceptable, but also starts a life-time habit of hearing protection. Will this prevent them from ever wearing hearing aids? That’s hard to say since there are so many potential causes including just advanced age, but it definitely gives them a leg up on others.

Kevin is becoming my #1 salesperson. He actually ran into someone else from Plymouth there and in the conversation on hearing conservation, he found out that he was a hunter and had been stymied trying to find fitted hearing protection for gun use. I can do that! Kevin gave him my card, so I’m looking forward to meeting this gentleman. I’m sure I can make his situation better.

2017 Senior Expo Follow-up

Berger Audiology Booth at the Marshall County Senior Expo

Thank you to all of you that stopped to see us at the Marshall County Senior Expo this year. The venue was a bit warm considering our September heatwave, but overall we heard good things. We were pleased to meet new people and in some cases put faces to names. We’re always pleased by the reception we receive at community service events such as this.

Screening Station

For those of you that couldn’t attend, we had several give-aways. (The golf balls we collect and share are always popular along with the candy and hearing related items.)

We were given space to do hearing screenings this year too. Lots of people took advantage of that. We hope they will benefit from the information. As discussed here before, this isn’t a true hearing test and isn’t near the quality of what we can do in the sound booth at Berger Audiology. Please feel free to stop by and check out our tech! But if you want a true hearing test, we ask that you make an appointment. The courtesy of an appointment makes it much more likely that you can be seen and given the appropriate time and attention.

Thank you again to all of you that visited with us. We hope you were pleased with the interaction and attention you received.

Economical Hearing Options

Steve Martin is working on a new hearing aid prototype. They’re not as unobtrusive as the new behind the ear aids I sell, but it does target that low cost market of people who don’t think looks matter and aren’t concerned with the latest technology.

Celebrity endorsements can make all the difference. Just look at the success of the George Foreman Grille. You don’t necessarily need to have a background in the tech you decide to create to be successful.

I tend to agree with Josh to the left here though. Steve’s old friend Garrett Morris and Chevy Chase had this handled years ago with “News for the Hard of Hearing”. There’s no reason to be concerned about others in the room…

If by chance you aren’t interested in going old school and want to consider some of the latest technology. Give me a call. I’m not as funny as these guys, but I bet I can help you hear better.

The Importance of a Sound Booth

Sound Booth being installed at Berger Audiology

Sound Booth being installed at Berger Audiology

One of the things I wanted to do when I started my own practice was upgrade to the best equipment to serve my patients. I did my research and invested in some of the best equipment on the market. In this post, I thought I would talk a bit about the importance of having your hearing tested in a sound booth, also know as an Audiometric test booth.

As you can see to the right, during installation, our booth was bolted to the concrete floor and isolated from the adjacent walls. The booth is double wall thickness with a sealed door and a separate ventilation system to isolate outside sound and distraction.

Patients tell me that the experience is completely different from what they have had with headphone-only testing. The experience is much more immersive and allows them to better concentrate on the testing.

Our booth is also set up with a built in computer monitor allowing me to show test results interactively immediately upon completion. This provides immediate feedback on the test, and for returning patients, the software has overlay capabilities that let me show graphic comparisons of current tests against previous tests. This allows the patient to see any changes in their hearing over time and gives me the opportunity to explain these changes..

Testing Booth Installation Being Completed at Berger Audiology

Testing Booth Installation Being Completed at Berger Audiology

I still use a portable audiometer for hearing screenings and you may have received a hearing screening from me at one of the Senior Expos or at another venue. While these are valuable first looks, they are nothing compared to the in depth information we can gather together through a complete hearing test in the booth at our office.

Come visit me so I can show you this and some of the other state of the art equipment I have to make sure your audiology experience is the best it can be. I look forward to the opportunity to showing you what a full service Audiology office can offer.

Dr. Rebecca Berger