I have been wearing hearing aids since I was in 3rd grade as someone born partially deaf in one ear and profoundly deaf in the other. My first hearing aid was actually built into my glasses, with a little tube connecting to an earpiece in my ear. When I was in grade school, we had a group of profoundly deaf kids trying to integrate into the world with the rest of the kids. They had to wear boxes with wires to plugs in their ears to hear. While the boys teased them, the girls learned sign language from them. Myself? I was somewhere on the border between them and the regular kids since I could hear enough to have conversation and not have to use sign language.
I have seen many, many hearing aids over the course of my life, so I've had the chance to watch them progress over time. I have also met many hearing aid dispensers along the way. Today, I'd like to introduce to you, The Hearing and Balance Center.
Early this year, I had mentioned to a friend of mine that I didn't participate in conversations at crowded restaurants. I tend to withdraw in restaurants because I have a hard time picking out the voice of the person I'm talking to. He asked about how long it had been since I had looked at hearing aids and I said it had been a couple of years. His suggestion to me was to check out the state of the art in hearing aids. So I made a cursory call to my insurance and was referred to the Hearing and Balance Center.
I want to say right off that setting an appointment with them around working hours was quite easy. They take appointments as early as 7:15 in the morning, so you're in luck if you're a morning person. I was able to conduct all of my appointments with negligible impact on my work schedule. So far so good.
Once there, I was greeted by friendly staff in a warm and toasty reception area in the middle of Winter. I filled out the standard paperwork to start our relationship and waited for my appointment time. I can't say that every appointment went off perfectly. There was one missed appointment by them and by me. But eventually, things smoothed out.
Qualified and credentialed staff are on hand to perform hearing tests with sound booths on site. They performed standard tests for hearing in quiet and noisy environments for the full range of frequencies. They made the process simple to follow and comfortable to work with. At the end of the tests, they had a pretty good idea of what I might need to compensate for my hearing deficiencies.
If you find you need a hearing aid, and you don't have the cash up front, financing is available. They also accept insurance from major carriers, such as Select Health.
When all was said and done, I walked out with a great hearing aid as a happy customer. I highly recommend the Hearing and Balance Center for your hearing needs. Even if you don't need a hearing aid now, a test from time to time will help you to identify damage to your hearing. In this day and age of portable music, cell phones and and really loud theaters, it is well worth the time to get tested.
In my next installment, I'll review the hearing aid. Stay tuned....
Hearing and Balance Center
230 South 500 East, Suite 150
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102