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Hearing aid technology has come a long way in the last twenty years, making patients’ lives better and brighter than ever before. It keeps people with a hearing loss connected to the world and means everyday life is less challenging.

One of our patients recently expressed that he didn’t know how he would have managed without his hearing aids during the past couple of months.

He works from home—like many are, due to the pandemic—and spends hours each day on the phone with clients. His hearing aids connect to his phone, allowing him to hear with ease. He says, “It’s made all the difference!”

Hearing technology comes packed with options, so we always encourage our patients to never give up – there is a solution for everyone. Options like remote microphones …

What is a Remote Microphone?

Another patient and long-time hearing aid wearer recently found herself struggling to understand her family and friends, and she was desperate for help.

So we programmed her a pair of new hearing aids along with a remote microphone to see if her conversational hearing could improve.

A remote microphone is given to the person you are talking to, and it streams their voice directly to your hearing aids for clearer sound. In this case, the patient’s word recognition score went from 0% to 80% when speech was transmitted from the remote mic to her hearing aids.

She is completely thrilled with her new technology and is hearing her loved ones better than ever!

Sometimes hearing aids need help from additional features, such as remote microphones, to provide the best word recognition and performance in more challenging environments.

To explore whether remote microphones or any other add-ons could boost your hearing performance, give us a call at (256) 319-4327, and we’d be happy to discuss further options with you.

Updates from the office

August was a busy month for us as we proudly flew the flag for Hearing Health Awareness Month. It was great to connect with so many people in the community and spread the word about the importance of early hearing loss treatment. 

We also produced material relating to this on our website – including why so many people have an untreated hearing loss. Visit our Patient Resources page for all the latest news and support.

Hearing Loss and Dementia

A recent report by Lancet Commission, Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care: 2020, states that hearing loss is the number one modifiable risk factor for dementia and has the greatest impact when hearing loss is corrected in midlife.

In addition, twenty-eight leading experts indicate that cases of dementia in America could be reduced by 40 percent if the general public addresses 12 key risk factors.

Protecting ears in high-stress environments and seeking treatment at the first signs of hearing loss rank high on their list of measures people should take.

Studies show that your hearing is crucial in how your brain processes information.

Therefore, researchers believe that hearing loss prevents your brain from functioning optimally, reducing your overall cognitive capacity.

Social isolation, often a side effect of untreated hearing loss, may add to this problem.

If you know someone who has a concern, contact the team about a comprehensive hearing assessment – it’s the best way to diagnose an issue.

Useful Resources 

What Happens at a Hearing Assessment?

This step-by-step guide for first-time patients explains everything you need to know about your hearing assessment appointment…

Learn more…

Why Do So Many People Have an Untreated Hearing Loss?

Learn why thousands of people don’t treat their hearing conditions at the first sign of their symptoms…

Learn more…

Have a question or need help? Then we’re here for you.
Call us at (256) 319-4327.

Have a great September!
The team at Alabama Hearing Associates

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Dr. Susan Sheehy

Dr. Sheehy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in audiology at the University of Alabama before beginning her career as a clinical audiologist in Huntsville. In 2005, she received her doctorate in audiology from Salus University. Dr. Sheehy is one of a specialized subset of audiologists certified in tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT). By appointment from the governor, she has served as a member and chairperson of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
    Basic Hearing Test

    A basic hearing test begins with an air conduction test. You will be seated in a soundproof booth and single-use, foam earphones will be inserted into your ear canals. The Audiologist will ask you to push a button or raise your hand when you barely hear a series of beeps (tones) presented at various frequencies (pitches) to obtain your air conduction thresholds.

    To determine whether your hearing loss is a conductive (mechanical) loss, sensorineural (permanent) loss or combination of the two, we perform a bone conduction test.  

    For this test, a head band is place on the bone behind one of the ears to obtain your bone conduction thresholds. This process provides a different form of sound transmission using vibration, which bypasses the eardrum and the middle ear bones and directly stimulates the auditory nerve. When you hear the beeps/tones, you will push a button or raise your hand.

    If bone conduction thresholds are better than air conduction thresholds (through the foam inserts), you have a conductive hearing loss. This suggests a problem with the mechanical structures (moving parts) of the ears.

    Conductive hearing loss is often a medically treatable condition for which we will provide you with a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician. However, if bone and air conduction thresholds match, it indicates a sensorineural hearing loss (permanent), and the treatment will likely involve hearing aids.



    Comprehensive 5-Year treatment plan with premium technology

    If you want premium “out of this world” technology and the highest level of service and expert support, our All-Inclusive treatment plan is the right investment for you.

    The All-Inclusive treatment plan offers long-term value for your on-the-go lifestyle, providing everything you need to connect with family and friends for years to come.


    • Stellar hearing devices from top manufacturer (rechargeable option available)

    • Wireless accessory included at no charge

    • Comprehensive Annual Visit including hearing assessment, hearing device adjustment, and 19-Point preventative maintenance valutaion

    • Bi-annual hearing aid software update and reprogramming

    • Same day diagnosis and in-office repair during weekdays for devices dropped off before 3:00 p.m.

    • 5-Year full-service repair warranty

    • Unlimited remote hearing aid adjustments

    • 100% moisture removal by Redux and cleaning

    • Hearing aid supplies (stock receivers, batteries, domes and filters)

    • $1000 contribution towards purchase of upgraded technology within 48 months

    • 3-Year replacement warranty for loss or damage (no deductible)

    • Dedicated team of hearing care experts at your service

    • Unlimited teleaudiology appointments

    • Access to our “speed of light” repair specialists