My Hearing Centers was started by entrepreneurs in Sandy, Utah in 2010 with the goal of bringing a fresh approach to hearing education and hearing care.
Since then, My Hearing Centers has grown to over 100 offices in 10 states and continues to grow faster than any practice in the Western United States. We hope our growth is a sign that we are doing things right!
My Hearing Centers operates on the following principles:
1. An educated hearing patient is a happy hearing patient.
2. We pride ourselves on working to constantly improve the patient experience, ahead of our industry peers.
3. We are convinced that good hearing care requires an excellent care giver, a dedicated and willing patient, and supportive spouse, partner, and friends. Together, this team once paired with top level hearing aid technology, can make a dramatic difference in hearing quality of life.
4. No individual hearing aid manufacturer is right for everyone. We pride ourselves on carrying every major manufacturer and finding the product that is right for the patient.The best indicator of a happy patient is when they trust us enough to send their family and friends to see us.
My Hearing Centers is comprised of seasoned industry professionals. Despite our growth, we recognize that we must maintain the local touch in each of our offices. Our local care givers are dedicated, career hearing care providers who care deeply about the changes they bring to their patients. Check out some of our real patient testimonials here.
Come see us! We really are changing lives through better hearing. We’ll prove it!
All About Hearing Loss
How We Hear
Many individuals often ask the question “What is hearing loss and how does it really affect me?” A person with hearing loss generally is able to hear some sounds very well while others seem muted, faint or not at all. 4 out of every 1,000 babies are born with hearing loss, making it one of the most common birth defects in the United States. To further understand what hearing loss is, it helps to understand how we hear. Sound waves entering the ear canal are directed to the eardrum, which conducts vibrations through the small bones of the middle ear to the cochlea. The cochlea is a snail shaped organ, known as the organ of hearing, and is lined with thousands of tiny little hair cells. Each hair cell or nerve ending responds to certain sound frequencies that send nerve impulses to the brain which are interpreted as sounds.
So your brain actually does the hearing, the ears are simply the mechanism to convert sound energy outside your head to nerve impulses your brain translates into sounds. Any sound impulse in your right ear is sent to the left side of your brain and any sound impulse in your left ear is sent to the right side of your brain.
Untreated Hearing Loss
If you or a loved one is suffering from untreated hearing loss there are some important facts you should know. Not being able to hear can have long term health consequences aside from creating the obvious communication problems. A number of studies have shown that not being able to hear is linked to brain atrophy in older adults which directly increases your risk of conditions like Alzheimer’s or Dementia. If you or someone you care about is suffering please take action today. The cannot afford to continue putting hearing loss on the back burner of your health care needs.
Untreated Hearing Loss Can Affect the Following:
- Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
- General communication
- Sense of control over your life
- Social participation
- Perception of mental functioning
- Emotional stability
- Communication in relationships
- Untreated hearing loss may increase your risk of Alzheimer’s. (Archives of Neurology Feb. 2012)
- Mild hearing loss linked to brain atrophy in older adults (Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Aug. 2011)
- Hearing Loss is twice as common in adults with diabetes (Annals of Internal Medicine July 2008)
Types of Hearing Loss
A free diagnostic hearing examination from My Hearing Centers can determine what type of hearing loss you have and what steps are necessary to correct the problem. My Hearing Centers has locations in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah, California, and Wyoming. Please contact a location nearest you to learn more hearing loss and improving your hearing.
Age, noise exposure, disease, medication, trauma, and heredity or all common causes of hearing loss. Your hearing is a very complex sense and actually the most important one that you have. Most people would suggest their eyes to be the most important sense. But when you think about it, your eyes keep you in touch with objects or things. Your ears keep you in touch with people. There are three basic types of hearing loss:
The most common type, it occurs when nerves in the cochlea are damaged and do not properly transmit auditory signals to the brain. This type is typically caused because of age or noise exposure and is very correctable with hearing instruments.
Is typically the result of obstructions in the ear such as wax or physiological problems to the mechanics of the eardrum or small bones of the middle ear. In some cases these issues can be treated medically or surgically.
A combination of sensorineural and conductive.
Hearing Aid Styles and Brands
Hearing aid technology has improved dramatically over the last few years creating new options, features and benefits.
These new developments provide better solutions for those suffering from hearing loss. The first hearing aids invented were large amplifiers with headphones. Today, hearing aids range from a variety of styles, colors, and technology. You are no longer asking yourself, “Do I want to hear better?” you get to ask, “How do I want to hear better?” or “How do I want it to look?” and, “What else can the hearing aids help me hear?”
Wireless Hearing Aids
These are not your father’s hearing aids! With wireless technology, your devices can connect to your TV, iPod, and your cell phone. Wireless technology also allows your hearing aids to communicate to each other. Working together, your hearing aids make automatic adjustments that eliminate the need for you to manually adjust each device separately.
Invisible Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are very inconspicuous today. With advancements in micro-technology, you don’t have to hide your hearing instruments; your hearing instruments hide themselves. We have hearing aids so small that they are actually invisible. An excuse of vanity is longer a reason to put off taking control of your hearing loss.
Digital Hearing Aids
By digitizing sound, we can use additional technologies to manipulate and refine sounds before it reaches your brain. Digital hearing aids can now: filter down background noise, separate speech from noise, eliminate buzzing and whistling, automatically adjust for music and television, and soften impulse sounds like ruffling paper or breaking glass.
CROS hearing aids are specifically for people with a unilateral hearing loss, or hearing loss in one ear. Some individuals have a damaged ear on one side and are completely deaf on the other. Traditionally we would only fit the ear that is damaged with a hearing aids. Now we can put hearing aids in both ears. Using wireless technology, a CROS technology takes sounds from the side of your head with the deaf ear and send them wirelessly over to the better ear. Now it does not matter where someone sits in relation to your better ear.
Hearing Aid Styles
In-the-ear hearing aids sit in the shell of the ear, with all parts contained in one component. There are many different kinds of ITE hearing aids, including in-the-canal and completely-in-canal.
In-the-canal and completely-in-canal hearing aids fit partly or completely in the ear canal. As the smallest hearing aids, they provide discreetness, but they may be difficult to remove for less dexterous wearers.
Receiver-in-canal hearing aids are similar to BTE in appearance, but differ in that the speaker of the hearing aid is placed inside the ear canal. The plastic tubing in RIC hearing aids contain electrical wires. These also treat many different degrees of hearing loss.
Behind-the-ear hearing aids are made of several different parts. The electronic components are housed in a component that rests behind the ear, while a thin, plastic tubing feeds sound into the ear canal. BTE hearing aids treat mild to moderate hearing loss and are discreet in style.
My Hearing Centers supplies instruments from the industry’s top manufacturers.
Oticon was born in 1904 in Denmark with a man who wanted his hard of hearing wife to live a life full of sound. From this simple desire, he created a hearing aid empire. To this day, Oticon produces high quality listening devises that take all the work out of hearing.
Say goodbye to straining your ears, and check out Oticon’s new OPN hearing aid that gives you better hearing in noise than normal listeners. OPN uses an open sound solution to provide wearers a wider sound picture. Oticon’s BrainHearing is their groundbreaking program that reduces listening effort in every environment, giving ease in social settings. With less listening effort, you’ll have greater speech understanding, and can get back to enjoying the important things in life.
Phonak has been producing high quality hearing aids for over 70 years, and continues to impress. With representatives in over 100 countries, we’re not the only ones in love with Phonak hearing aids. Their AutoSense OS technology automatically analyzes the entire sound environment, recognizes patterns, and adapts to your surroundings, all with no effort on your part. It mixes settings from multiple programs to provide optimal hearing like never before.
New to Phonak is the Audeo B, one of the first hearing aids to be powered by a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery that provides up to 24 hours of hearing on a single charge.
ReSound is committed to providing clear sound through innovative technology. Founded in 1943, ReSound is a leader in connectivity and smart hearing. They recently released Linx2, a Made for iPhone hearing aid that’s all about connecting you to the technology you use every day. With direct streaming from your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple watch, Linx2 hearing aids act as wireless head phones that allow you to connect in the same way as everyone else. This technology is fully customizable via a handy smartphone app.
Siemens has been manufacturing hearing aids for more than 100 years, and continues to be a trusted name in hearing technology. Recently bought by the Sivantos group, they continue to produce high quality hearing aids under the Siemens brand. Favorite hearing aids include the binax, the first hearing aid proven to outperform normal hearing in challenging noise situations, and the Aquaris, the world’s only fully dust and waterproof hearing aid. Siemens hearing aids offer exceptional hearing in any listening environment.
While Sivantos has kept the Siemens brand alive, they recently launched a new brand called Signia. Building from Siemens heritage of quality technology, Signia is committed to helping you hear better with less effort. By highlighting speech in challenging environments, and developing tinnitus relief technology, Signia’s debut model, the Primax is one of the most innovative hearing aids to date.
Widex got its start in Denmark in 1956. Today it’s a leader in hearing aid manufacturing, with hearing aids in over 100 countries, and more than 4,000 employees around the world. With advances in digital technology that set them apart from the competition, they are responsible for the world’s first digital in-the-ear hearing aid that provides quality, natural sound. Their Unique series used digital technology to capture and analyze more sound than ever, giving you clear hearing like never before.
Founded in 1967, Starkey is changing lives one hearing aid at a time. It all started with William F. Austin, who set out to change the world by making hearing accessible. Not only does Starkey provide you with advanced hearing solutions, they are all about giving back. For every hearing aid purchased, they donate funds to provide hearing aids for people all over the world. So far, they’ve given over 1 million hearing aids to adults and children worldwide. Starkey is continually creating new hearing aids that provide better ways to hear, like their line of digital and fully programmable invisible hearing aids that sit so far into the ear they are undetectable. If it’s connectivity you’re after, the Halo2 hearing aid features Made for iPhone technology. Starkey has even improved on nanotechnology in hearing aids, producing waterproof hearing aids that are revolutionizing where and when you can hear.
Unitron is a global company that creates reliable hearing instruments. They are customer centered, and work to create hearing aids that fit the unique needs of their clients. Balancing comfort, aesthetics, and function, they strive to deliver products that are sure to please. What keeps Unitron so fresh is their new innovations like their Moxi Now. This tiny hearing device is the world’s smallest receiver-in-canal hearing aid, providing a sleek hearing aid that has all the features you need to get you through the day. It’s hearing aids like this that won Unitron a Red Dot award in 2016.
Our specialists are experts at helping you find the right hearing solution for you. Schedule a FREE hearing test and consultation at one of our over 50 locations by calling one of our local offices.
Our Convenient Locations
1070 N Curtis RoadSuite 110 Boise Idaho 83706
Phone: (208) 488-3224