Why I Decided on Widex Hearing Aids

widex hearing aids reviews by customerA customer of Sound Hearing recently shared why he switched to Widex hearing aids, and you’ll be surprised by the reason. “I’ve known Dale at Sound Hearing forever. I bet I’ve been trusting him for hearing aid help for over twenty years,” says MT. “I consistently look to Dale for recommendations, knowing that taking advantage of his expertise and hearing aid knowledge is in my best interest. Dale avoids fads. I want the best in hearing aid technology, so every four years or so I visit Sound Hearing to upgrade.” When Dale asks how he can help, MT tells him to select the best product for his needs. “You tell me, Dale” MT tells him. “The reason I switched to Widex hearing aids was two-fold; first, the technology was right for my needs, and second, Dale recommended them. I trust Dale.”

“I am able to hear word pronunciation better (with Widex) without losing other sounds around me.”

“When Dale suggested I try Widex hearing aids, I was able to tell an immediate difference. For me, I feel the words (people speaking) are clearer. I am able to hear word pronunciation better without losing other sounds around me. Other hearing aids don’t necessary allow me to have both, but with Widex hearing aids, I do!” MT has appreciated the technology of several other hearing aid manufacturers over the years as technology has advanced. He has had very good experiences with Starkey and Phonak hearing aids. However, right now for his specific hearing needs and technology available, Widex is the right choice. Dale, and his team at Sound Hearing is always focused on customer needs, knowing that each person is different and that it’s critical to listen to their needs.

“The thing about Dale and his team is that they know hearing aids. It is their primary and sole focus, so the staff is very customer oriented. They truly care about my needs, and I am confident they won’t take advantage of me or anyone else. When a hearing aid breaks down, and they do, Sound Hearing is right there to fix it and make it right without nickel and diming. Dale really knows how to take care of his customers. I strongly encourage anyone seeking hearing advice or hearing aids to contact Sound Hearing. I guarantee you that you can’t go anywhere else with a question or problem and get immediate assistance like you’ll get at Sound Hearing. With Dale’s knowledge of hearing aid technology and onsite hearing aid repair lab, I feel like I get instant attention when I stop in.”

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Pulsatile Tinnitus: What is it?

pulsatile tinnitusWhile Tinnitus is a ringing in the ears that can result from a wide range of known and/or unknown causes, pulsatile tinnitus refers to an identifiable cause to the ringing sensation. Furthermore, the cause of pulsatile tinnitus is likely a physical sound, unlike non-pulsatile tinnitus that is usually a perceived sound. Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears effects about one in every five people, so it is quite common.

We do know that hearing loss is one of the main causes of tinnitus, and anything that reduces hearing such as ear wax build up, ear infections, etc can make tinnitus worse. There is treatment for tinnitus and hearing aids is often a solution, but first anyone experiencing tinnitus needs to have proper medical diagnosis.

Sound Hearing has helped many people with tinnitus treatment, and we can help you understand what to do next. It’s important that you find the peace and tranquility you deserve.

Are There Waterproof Hearing Aids?

waterproof hearing aids possible and careWhile technology continues to astound and hearing aids have advanced considerably, they are not 100% waterproof. It’s helpful to know how to get the most out of your hearing aids and protect them from water damage. Today’s hearing aids are water resistant, which is quite different than saying that they are waterproof hearing aids.

Living active, healthy lifestyles while at home, work, and leisure means coming in contact with activities and weather than can be challenging to the protection of hearing aids. Humid weather, rain, swimming, and perspiration are all common situations for everyone.

While hearing aids are not waterproof, there are a few tricks you can use to protect them from moisture or perspiration.

  1. Try to be as careful as possible to keep hearing aids dry. Avoid wearing them in extreme wet conditions or activities.
  2. If the hearing aids have been exposed to moisture or you think they may have been, store them overnight in a sealed container with uncooked minute rice. This method seems overly simple, but it can be quite effective. The rice will draw out moisture.
  3. For hearing aids worn behind or on top of the ear, take a preventative approach prior to exercising. Use your finger to rub a little antiperspirant behind the ear before using the hearing aid. This will help protect and prevent perspiration from coming in contact with the hearing aids.

Why Aren’t There 100% Waterproof Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids are comprised of incredible electronics with impressive computing capabilities. The piece that has the tiny microphone used for hearing sound waves needs to have an opening, even if extraordinarily tiny. This is how sound is transmitted to the computer chip in the hearing aids. As much of the remaining portion of the hearing aids is as waterproof and water resistant as possible, but they can’t be 100% waterproof.

Sound Hearing is here to answer any of your questions and help with any needed repairs. Don’t wait to contact us if you are concerned about the condition of your hearing aids.

Another Landmark Hearing Aid Emerges: Widex

Having worked in the hearing aid industry over 36 years, I am honored to watch new technology emerge that helps millions of people live happy, healthy lives. During this time, there have been a handful of hearing aids that have stood out as truly revolutionary and extraordinary. These hearing aids were each unique in their own way, and looking back, they’ve set a standard for manufacturers to build upon. I’ve found another landmark hearing aid, Widex, which many manufacturers are benchmarking for their own technology, and I would like to share a piece of the history that makes this finding so noteworthy.

Hearing Technology Evolves Around the User Experience

I’ve been working in the hearing industry since 1979, and 3M™ was briefly in the industry in the late 1980’s with their model “Memory Mate.” It was a two channel hearing aid with eight separate memories. This allowed a consumer to choose between eight selections of sound designed specifically for environments the consumer typically would experience. It also kept track of how long the consumer would use the hearing aid and how long they spent in each memory. This data logging system and multiple memory programming has carried on even in today’s hearing aids. Ironically, we found people would only use one or two memories and the remaining six would be forgotten or really didn’t sound much different than the two they used most often. What was impressive was the fact that having these choices allowed the consumer to be the driver of the sound. It gave them more control, and they could find the sound they preferred rather than having it set and being told, “this is the setting for you.”

Hearing Innovations Advance to Help More People

3M™ sold the hearing aid division to a new company called ReSound in the mid 1990’s. ReSound already was making a strong mark in the industry, and when they took over the 3M™ product it made ReSound even stronger. I still see some hearing aids that were built during this era and they still have a soft spot in my heart. I don’t think there was a better hearing aid on the market at the time, although there was close competition with another new company called Sonic Innovations. I liked both companies because they were innovative, made a solid product and it allowed people to hear well.

These hearing aids carried a strong presence in the industry until one of the older companies came out with a product that leapfrogged all the others with their new developments. In 2006, Starkey Labs (Now Starkey Hearing Technologies) introduced the Destiny 1200 that seemed to magically control background noise and clarify close up speech like no other model in the industry.
Soon other companies had their own competitive models and we could count on most all the leading companies to work well in difficult environments.

landmark technology widex hearing aids reviewThose Who Wear Widex Hearing Aids Give Approval

Today I am happy to have found another landmark hearing aid that many manufacturers are benchmarking for their own technology. For the last year and more, we have been fitting a majority of our products from Widex. When consumers honestly give me feedback that is noticeably telling, I take careful notice. Our patients have been commenting far more about the Widex products than what I have been hearing since 2006. The hearing aids are fantastic, and patients are writing emails, sending texts and calling to let me know they are in meetings, plays, concerts, restaurants, church and many other environments and the sound is allowing them to engage in the events they have been missing. Once again, I feel we are fitting products that are exceptional. Your voice is what convinces me.

If you have been wearing the same hearing aids for 5 years or more, it might be time to try Widex. Call (612) 824-8698 to make an appointment to find out what makes these products that much better. You can also fill out this online form anytime, and we’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible to schedule an appointment

Sound Hearing Launches Newsletter

The advancements in hearing technology are astounding. It is important that our customers be kept up-to-date on what matters most, and we’re committed to providing helpful news and resources to help people are able to live healthy, active lifestyles.

Sound Hearing will be launching its first electronic newsletter filled with hearing aid news, reviews, helpful tips for maintaining hearing aids, interesting products and stories, and more.

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If you have topics you’d like covered in our newsletter or on our blog, fill out our contact form. We appreciate your thoughts on what would be helpful to you as a customer or as a family member of someone with hearing loss.

Today’s Hearing Aids are Changing Yesterday’s Hearing Aid Stereotypes

Hearing Aid Stereotypes and new technologyWe live in a digital society dependent upon technology in virtually every aspect of our lives. Americans of all ages are using technology in innovative ways, and we see a new norm emerging in the form of technology worn on our wrists, waists, ears, and arms in order to communicate and stream music, books, lectures, GPS directions, fitness achievements, and more. With all the technology around us, today’s hearing aids are one more example of extraordinary technology used by individuals looking for modern solutions; solutions that are changing hearing aid stereotypes and stigmas attached to hearing devices.

Another contribution to changing stereotypes is today’s ability to share stories and videos with a wide audience to aid in better understanding. Every day we see inspiring stories on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube of people using technology to better see, hear, or walk. With constant sharing of positive stories, it’s uplifting for people to know they are not alone in their journey to use technology in order to live active and healthy lifestyles with similar abilities as their peers. Social media has a way of making the world a smaller place and building relationships and comradery for those who in the past may have felt alone.

You are not alone in hearing loss. In fact, it’s estimated that 48 million Americans have some level of hearing loss. Today, many people with hearing loss find that hearing aids are sleek, light, and minimal, making them easier to wear and harder to notice. Many modern hearing aids and devices are either invisible or look similar to in-ear devices worn by people of all ages for other reasons.

Don’t let outdated perceptions of hearing aids limit you from hearing well and living the lifestyle you desire. We’ll be happy to help answer any questions you may have about better hearing, hearing aids, or stereotypes. Sound Hearing is here to listen and help any way we can.

Free Hearing Test

free hearing testAnyone wishing to get a free hearing test or a second opinion on a prior hearing test is welcome to set up an appointment with Sound Hearing of Richfield, MN. A hearing test, also called a hearing evaluation, consists of a series of different tests to determine if you have hearing loss. A hearing test will also determine the extent of hearing loss and other factors that need to be addressed. After complete, your hearing test will give you a unique and specific recommendation. Sound Hearing can help you select the best hearing technology and devices for your needs.

Sound Hearing is uniquely positioned to help you through the entire process. From performing the initial hearing test and recommendation, to purchasing and fitting hearing aids, we’ll be with you every step of the way clearing hurdles and answering your questions. Sound Hearing will continue to be a resource for you long after your purchase, should you have questions, concerns, hearing changes, or need assistance with hearing aid maintenance or repairs. We have technical expertise that surpasses most hearing aid clinics, coupled with a desire to get to know your unique story and keep you as a life-long customer.

Don’t wait. Schedule your free hearing aid test today!

Widex Hearing Aids: Reviews and Featured Products

Widex Hearing Aids ReviewSound Hearing sells many brands of hearing aids, and it is our goal to review your options with you and help you find the best solution for your hearing needs. As we collect reviews from customers who have purchased Widex hearing aids and wish to share their stories with others, we will publish them on our website. In addition to reviews and customer stories, we will share any other helpful information or news from each hearing aid manufacturer.

Share YOUR Widex Hearing Aids Review

We love hearing from our customers. If you would like to review your Widex hearing aids or share your story with Sound Hearing, simply complete our Contact Us form. We will follow up with you on how your review or story might help others live a healthy, active lifestyle that includes hearing well.

Widex Hearing Aids Review

While we work to compile our own customer reviews of Widex hearing aids, Widex offers a collection of reviews searchable by product.

About Widex Hearing Aids

Widex offers several models of hearing aids for mild, moderate, and profound hearing loss; Dream440, Dream330, Dream220, Dream110, Clear, and Super hearing aids, as well as several assistive devices for landline phones and cell phones. We have many of your Widex hearing aid selections on our website. If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Lots of Questions about Hearing Aid Insurance

hearing aid insurance coverage questionsOur goal at Sound Hearing is to make hearing aids accessible and affordable for people who need them. By working with many hearing aid manufacturers and offering choices to our clients with exceptional service and transparent pricing, Sound Hearing customers appreciate the specialized help we provide.

Hearing aid insurance and funding are often questions people ask and need help navigating. With over 36 years of experience in the hearing aid industry, we’ve encountered many health insurance questions and funding options. We will work with you in any way we can to help you utilize your health insurance benefits to your advantage.

Hearing Aid Insurance and Your Coverage

As you know, each insurance company is different and everyone’s individual plan varies greatly. Coverage is subject to change on a continual basis, so there is no singular answer to your question “does my health insurance cover hearing aids?” However, once we have a chance to discuss your hearing evaluation recommendations and unique situation, we can offer suggestions in regard to submitting to your health insurance provider for coverage. We can also review other options that have worked for customers in a similar situation.

Rest assured, if you have health insurance coverage for hearing aids, Sound Hearing will make sure you have what you need to submit the proper paperwork to take advantage of your coverage.

Two options that work well for people are Health Spending Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts. Many people use these benefits to set aside pre-tax money for hearing aids. Sound Hearing can work with you to order one hearing aid in December and the other one in January to take advantage of the offsetting years and maximize your health savings plan.

If it is determined that your health insurance does not cover any part of your hearing aid purchase, you can apply for Care Credit which offers patient payment plans and healthcare financing for a variety of medical expenses, including hearing aids. However, we’re certain you’ll discover, like so many other people, that our prices are some of the lowest in the industry.

Again, it’s important to us that if you are in need of hearing technology of any kind, that we create an easy, affordable, and comfortable solution to generate a desirable outcome for better hearing for you!