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2425 Tecumseh Rd. E. 
Suite 110
Windsor ON N8W 1E6
(519) 252-9196, extension 2
Fax: (519) 256-8926

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How do I know if I need a hearing aid? 
After your appointment with Dr. Tietze and an audiologist, your hearing will be evaluated and you will be told if you would benefit from a hearing aid. A hearing aid evaluation could then be set up at our office (or any hearing aid dispenser you choose) where you could try a hearing aid for one month to determine if it would benefit you. Several sessions may be needed during that adjustment period to make sure the hearing instrument is adjusted properly and that you are doing what you are supposed to do. Fees are available during your hearing aid evaluation appointment.

Can digital hearing aids help me hear better? 
In most cases, patients report better results with digital hearing instruments. This is because digital products have the ability to continuously analyze the incoming sound signal and try to differentiate between noise and speech signals. Units equipped with two or more microphones may also improve the signal to noise ratio, especially in noisy environments. The result is typically clearer speech reception. 

How much do digital hearing aids cost? 
There are basically two factors that affect the cost: (1) hearing aid size and (2) the level of sophistication of the circuit. The smallest hearing aid is called a “completely in the canal” (CIC) hearing aid. It is designed to fit deep in the ear canal and not be noticeable. It is the most expensive style of hearing aid because it is the hardest to build. Then there are varying degrees of sizes that get a little bigger. The largest ‘in the ear’ size is called a “full shell in the ear” (ITE). It fills the entire outer ear. There are also more traditional “behind the ear” (BTE) units that accommodate more severe losses. Price can also be driven by the type of digital circuit ordered. The top of the line digital circuit has all of the bells and whistles included to try and help the user hear better in quiet and noisy listening environments. Bottom line, what you need is determined by your listening environments and personal desires.  Those with Bluetooth capability and rechargeable hearing aids are also more expensive.

Why does my hearing aid squeal? 
Squealing from a hearing aid is called 'feedback'. It can result from sound leaking around the hearing aid and getting re-amplified. Wax in the ear can also cause feedback. With a hearing aid behind the ear, cracked tubing in the ear mold can also cause feedback. Contact the office for any of these concerns to see if an office appointment with the audiologist is needed.

Can digital hearing aids eliminate feedback? 
Yes, in many cases digital instruments can eliminate feedback. This is accomplished by comparing the returning signal to a static filter set that is stored in the hearing aid chip. If the returning signal is different from that stored image, a phase shifting of the signal occurs which stops the whistling. Different manufacturers have different methods for reducing the feedback.