Your journey to better hearing is like the Space Race in the 1960’s. It took more than a rocket to put a man on the moon. Apollo 11 required the knowledge and commitment of NASA scientists and engineers.
At Alabama Hearing Associates, we know that the right technology combined with the right audiologist makes all the difference!
Hearing loss creates a barrier to good communication, causing the brain to work overtime trying to understand speech. Our goal is to reconnect you to the people you need to hear, so that you can continue to meet your personal goals and live your best life.
Premium hearing aid technology and audiological best practices established by industry leaders are at the core of our treatment recommendations.
This methodical, evidence-based approach to hearing healthcare reunites you with friends, family, and colleagues so that you feel confident tackling each and every day.
Alabama’s Most Trusted Hearing Care Experts
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations
Do You Struggle to Understand Speech in Noise?
Hearing loss can affect anyone, at any point in life, and can be triggered by a number of biological and environmental factors. A common warning sign for hearing loss is the inability to understand conversations in noisy social situations and restaurants.
If you struggle to understand speech in noise, we recommend scheduling a Functional Hearing Assessment. Unlike a basic hearing test, our Functional Hearing Assessment is a comprehensive communication evaluation, from ear to brain.
Advanced Hearing Technology
The Latest Hearing Technology
Our community understands better than most what can be achieved when you combine technology with human intelligence and persistence. It is much the same with hearing technology.
The latest hearing aid technology is incredibly powerful, offering stellar sound quality and performance. Wireless connections allow phone calls, music and television to stream directly to your hearing aids for exceptional clarity.
But hearing aids do not fit and program themselves! For best outcomes, you also need the human touch and expertise provided by our Doctors of Audiology.
LISTENING WITH YOUR BRAIN
At Alabama Hearing Associates, we don't just treat your ears, we treat the whole person. While your ears collect sound, your brain is what interprets it into meaningful speech. In other words, you hear with your ears, but you listen with your brain.
Studies show a strong link between age-related hearing loss and accelerated cognitive decline. Long-term hearing deprivation can affect cognitive performance, especially in complex listening environments.
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It is often the small things that hold us back from making a decision. That’s why we are on hand to help.
Simply complete the Callback form to request a friendly, no-obligation conversation with one of our helpful team members.
Dr. Jan Liles and Dr. Susan Sheehy fondly refer to themselves as, The AuDCouple. They are best friends and business partners who founded one of Alabama’s most trusted audiology clinics, Alabama Hearing Associates.
Through the AuDCouple’s podcast and other resources, many people turn to them for advice, support, and expertise on all aspects of hearing health.
If you have a question, they’d be delighted to answer.
”I am 55 years old and took a stab at hearing aids about eight years ago. At that time, my audiologist in San Antonio ran the basic test of boops and beeps and sold me a set of hearing aids, which he knew nothing about — including how to program them. After about three years of hearing “the same mumbling, only louder,” I put the aids in a drawer and moved on, resigned to lip-reading and asking people to repeat what they said. Jump to March 2021, when I discovered YouTube videos about how hearing loss and cognition decline are related. Dr. Cliff’s channel in particular, explains a diagnostic technology called the Cognivue Thrive. He also lists providers who use his best practices to thoroughly test your hearing in real life scenarios to develop a comprehensive look at the activity between your ears and your brain. Alabama Hearing Associates is on that list!
Working with Dr. Susan at Alabama Hearing Associates is the best decision I’ve ever made. My first appointment was eye-opening and informative. In addition to the initial beeps and boops test, they take you through an adaptive session of several different types of hearing EXPERIENCES. And that’s what makes hearing loss so difficult, right? It’s the different kinds of situations that confuse your brain, when your ears can’t hear very well. This technology (and Dr. Susan, of course!) tests sound tolerance levels, speech to noise ratios and much more. Once Dr. Susan reviews the results with you, she offers suggestions for all of the different options to improve your life and reach your goals. She takes measurements inside your ears, using cutting-edge sonar technology and begins initial programming with a set of hearing aids.
In adjusting the programming, you go back through some of the speech-to-noise testing and can actually see the measurable, quantitative improvements in your hearing. Finally, you get to decide the level of service you want and the type (and color!) of hearing aids that will be engineered specifically for you. My experience was fantastic! My wife was encouraged to come with me to provide insight into my hearing and cognitive behavior. She was moved to discover how hard my brain had been working to compensate for my hearing loss. She was also impressed with the thorough exam and wealth of information Dr. Susan shared with us. We both know so much more now, and I can finally enjoy a summer evening around the firepit with friends — when I don’t have to struggle to read lips in the dark. Give yourself the gift of a lifetime and make your appointment today!”
– An Alabama Hearing Associates Patient
‘The world was a new place for me’
About 7 years ago, I began to realize I was saying ‘What?’ a lot when others spoke to me. I couldn’t catch every word on the TV, and I avoided calling my family who all live in other states because I wasn’t able to understand every word over the phone. I began to notice I was interacting with co-workers less and less. When my husband became frustrated with always repeating himself when he spoke to me, I finally went for a hearing test.
– Carolyn Seeley
‘I was blown away with Susan’s compassion and helpfulness’
I realized that I had a hearing loss when I had to ask people to repeat themselves almost all the time. My husband also asked me one night if I could hear the bird outside our bedroom window. I thought he was making a joke, but he was not. I thought that since I could hear ‘fairly’ well and that I wasn’t deaf that I was perhaps over-exaggerating my hearing concerns.
– Diana Dowdy
‘Better hearing has returned my life to normal’
My husband kept telling me I needed to do something. I kept asking him to repeat himself. But when I finally admitted I needed help was when I noticed I wasn’t hearing my customers. I was constantly asking them to repeat themselves and it became embarrassing.
– Janice Hudgens
‘Life is so much more enjoyable’
I became concerned about my hearing when I started not hearing the doorbell ring when I was in the bedroom. My sons noticed and said, ‘Mom, you don’t hear anything!
Then I realized I didn’t understand what was being said in Mass many times or in restaurants. I was a little embarrassed to admit I had a hearing problem.
– Jeannie Anderson
‘Having better hearing has tremendously changed my life’
I started having hearing challenges in 2003. I was still working at that time and I was concerned how colleagues might respond to my situation. Dr. Susan was the first audiologist I saw. I heard the advertisement on the radio.
My first appointment with her was very positive and this was important to me. Dr. Susan was genuinely understanding my hearing problems.
– John (Jack) L. Smith
‘My life has dramatically improved since I can hear’
I realized I had a hearing problem when I was in a meeting with two co-workers. I could not understand what they were saying. At home, I had trouble hearing my husband and the TV.
Prior to my first appointment at Alabama Hearing, I had no fears. My father has used hearing aids for over 40 years.
– Julie Brown
‘I never knew I was missing so much!’
A few years ago, I realized I couldn’t hear the students sitting in the back of my classroom. At first, I think I was in denial. In fact, I couldn’t believe that I needed hearing aids at my age.
Alabama Hearing Associates were highly recommended by a trusted friend, and I was not very happy with the first clinic I went to.
– Karen L. Young
‘Very professional and explained everything very clearly’
I was attending a lectureship and realized that I could not hear what was being said. I knew my hubby was hard of hearing, so I leaned over and said, ‘When we return home, we are getting our hearing checked.
– Linda G Romine
‘We are an Alabama Hearing Associates family’
I first became concerned about my hearing when I was subbing at school and realized there was something about the tone of the children’s voices – I couldn’t distinguish the words. Before my first appointment with Alabama Hearing, I was worried about the cost of the hearing aids.
– Monesa (Missy) Andrews
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