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We train our staff in the latest and greatest technology, offering a complete selection of hearing aids and devices from the top manufacturers in the industry. Let us take care of you today with our unrivaled solutions to hearing loss.
We are proud to offer comprehensive hearing evaluations and will work with you to find the hearing solution that best fit your needs, lifestyle, and budget. We understand that for most individuals, better hearing means a better life. Dr. Jessica Dimmick, AuD
Hearing Aid Solutions for the Hearing Impaired
Statistics show that only 22% of individuals who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them. In fact, there are many people with hearing loss that don’t realize that they have a problem until it is brought to their attention by someone else. Once an individual is aware of their hearing loss, however, our audiologists frequently find that people’s concerns regarding cost, comfort, and appearance are to blame for never pursuing hearing aids.
At Hearing Doctors of Iowa, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Hearing testing and hearing aid fittings take precision.
After all, your hearing aids should fit you, not the other way around! With a careful selection of the best features in today’s technology to fit your unique lifestyle, our team will ensure that you are equipped with quality sound to power through your day.
Get the Most Out of Our Unrivaled Hearing Aid Solutions!
Your provider may be one of the 70% of hearing practices that do not perform hearing aid verification measures.
Don't settle for hearing aids without the proper settings and calibrations. This happens all too often, in fact, according to the American Academy of Audiology, it is suggested that only 30% of hearing practices report doing performance measuring verification on these intricate devices.
We follow best practices to unlock your instruments true potential.Schedule an Appointment
Two Ways We Optimize Your Investment in Hearing Aids
If you are looking for the gold standard in hearing care, understand that Hearing Doctors of Iowa adheres to best practices in the fitting of your hearing instruments using real ear verification.
Verification is how we make sure your hearing aids are working RIGHT for your unique needs.
Validation is where YOU have a say in how your hearing aids sound and how your feedback improves your hearing aid experience.
What is Real Ear Verification?
Verification is the way to measure hearing aid performance to establish truth and accuracy. It is an objective measure based solely on the empirical evidence recorded by the instrumentation. We use verification to ensure that the powerful processors inside of hearing instruments are able to meet a specific standard, giving the patient what their hearing loss requires. Without proper verification practices, there is no way of knowing if the hearing aids are performing correctly. Some providers may refer to this process as “verifying your prescription” because, in essence, this procedure compares the real-time study of sound inside of your ear canal to prescribed amplification required for your individual hearing loss.
Hearing aid verification corrects areas of over or under amplification causing less than ideal performance. Dr. Nora Martin, AuD
Performing Hearing Aid Verfication
Hearing aid verification is performed by a qualified hearing healthcare professional by placing a small microphone in the patient’s ear canal that works to measure the sound coming from the hearing aid, evaluating how it travels to the eardrum. This process generates a hearing aid report and can identify any specific problems with your hearing aids that need fixing.
Without this measure to program your hearing aids properly, the outcome will be equivalent to using eyeglasses that have the wrong prescription lenses. Sure, you might be able to see a little better, but you still do not see as well as you could. Without proper verification for patients, it is merely a guessing game. Rely on the seasoned audiologists at Hearing Doctors of Iowa to deliver hearing tests and verifications to ensure you are equipped with hearing aids that suit you.
What is Hearing Aid Validation?
After the verification measurement has been completed and the proper adjustments have been made, it is crucial for a patient to validate their hearing aids or assess their effectiveness from their own perspective. We will fine-tune your hearing aids to your exact preferences, ensuring that the hearing aids are not only performing accurately, but are also comfortable and meeting your needs.
It is important to note that it is a necessary practice to schedule a follow-up appointment for further adjustments after verification and validation. These appointments are another integral part of overall hearing aid success, as we will ask you questions regarding your experience. These questions are designed to provide our audiologists with the needed information to make adjustments to that hearing sweet spot, maximizing the benefit of your hearing aids for you. Your feedback is an essential piece of the hearing puzzle that is being designed specifically for you. Your hearing needs are unlike any other and require a high level of effort to achieve optimal results. We put in this effort because you’re worth it!
Explore Our Additional Services
Besides hearing aids and hearing tests, we also offer customization options.
Our team can take impressions of your ears and order custom ear plugs and other in-ear products for your maximum comfort. Our custom hearing protection options offer a solution for preventing hearing loss in the first place, even when you need to be exposed to loud noises.
What Determines the Cost of Hearing Aids?
The cost of hearing aids varies but is mostly determined by specific features and functions. Advanced features and higher level of performance will come at a higher investment. Iowa residents should beware of cheap imitation “hearing aids” that are basic sound amplifiers and only turn up the volume on everything- background noise and fire sirens alike! Internet hearing aid sales and mail order hearing aids are also not advised due to a lack of regulation on products not sold in an office by a licensed professional.
Some patients are not interested in hearing aids because they are uninformed about the technology that is currently on the market. The hearing aids on the market today are not your grandpa's hearing aids. Come see what is new in hearing aid technology! Manufacturers have been improving speech in noise abilities, the sound of your own voice and they even have the capability to stream phone calls direct from any smartphone!Dr. Katie Ranshaw, AuD
Where do your hearing aids come from?
The hearing aids fit at Hearing Doctors of Iowa are digital, programmable hearing aids that were researched and designed by reputable hearing technology manufacturers worldwide. As an independent audiology practice, we have access to all manufacturers of technology. We are not a franchise, and we never lock the programming on your hearing aids with proprietary software. This gives you the freedom to have your hearing aids adjusted, no matter where life takes you.
What will my hearing aid look like?
Hearing aids come in many sizes and styles. Based on your hearing loss and technology requirements, you may be a candidate for any style of hearing aid. Much like we can’t judge a book by its cover- the look of the instrument does not determine the technology inside. All hearing aids will have a microphone, amplifier, and speaker.
Small Chip, Big Power
The brains of a hearing aid lie in the computer chip that powers it. Since the invention of digital hearing technology, hearing aids have gotten much smaller and much more comfortable to wear over time. The miniaturization of hearing instruments paved the way for invisible technology to penetrate the market in the last five or so years.
Bluetooth connectivity between your electronics and hearing aids is now available in several hearing aid technology platforms. If you’re considering hearing aids, now is a very exciting time to get reconnected to life with better hearing!
Will my hearing loss be cured by the hearing aids?
The treatment of hearing loss is much like any rehabilitation process; it takes practice to get better. The moment hearing aids are put into your ears, you'll likely be able to notice an improvement. The process of helping you adjust to the sounds you have been missing will often take some time. We urge you to remember to be patient with yourself during this process. Hearing loss usually takes years to develop.
It's essential to work closely with your ear doctor to make sure that you are comfortable while still reaching your goals for better hearing. Though there technically isn’t a cure for hearing loss, hearing aids have come a long way, and today’s hearing aids come equipped with technological advances that significantly improve your ability to hear in most environments.Learn More About Hearing Loss
How Can Hearing Doctors of Iowa Help Me?
From diagnosis to treatment, and through the life of your hearing instruments, Hearing Doctors of Iowa provides our patients with the best care in the industry. We started this practice in 2017 knowing that better hearing means a better life, which is why we strive to offer the best care and services to our patients in Ankeny, Clive, Boone, and Fort Dodge. If you have any additional questions about your hearing aids, contact us today. We look forward to addressing your hearing issues with compassion and professionalism.Schedule an Appointment