Ken-Ton Hearing
3306 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY 14217
(716) 874-1609
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3306 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14217(716) 874-1609

Why you shouldn’t buy hearing aids from a Big Box Store

Your hearing is one of the most important senses that you have. When it comes to buying hearing aids, you should take the time to find the best hearing aid that will meet your hearing needs. Too often people with hearing loss will shop around to find the best deal they can find. What they don’t realize is that price should not be the most important factor when choosing your hearing care provider.  As Doctors of Audiology, we pride ourselves on using our education and experience to help determine the proper hearing aids for each individual’s listening and lifestyle needs.

1) Hearing Aids are medical devices that you wear in part of your body. They need to be precisely tuned for your hearing loss and hearing needs. Quite often during the period of hearing aid acclimation it may take several trips to your audiologist. It is necessary to make sure you are hearing the best possible way for your hearing loss and listening environments. One also needs to make sure the hearing aids are physically comfortable during this time. Your hearing care provider should be an expert in their field and have the education to back that up.  As Doctors of Audiology, our in-depth educational background in the auditory system, hearing, and hearing aids will provide you with quality healthcare for your hearing needs.

2) There are many manufacturers of hearing aids. Big Box stores offer limited styles and limited brands. They are often stripped down versions of similar models that are available from an independent provider. Like a franchised hearing aid provider, you will not have all the technology options available; therefore you may not be given the best choice available for your hearing loss. When you purchase hearing aids you want to make sure you can get the best hearing aids for your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.

3) Good service is probably the most important part of choosing a hearing care provider.  We pride ourselves in our customer service at Ken-Ton Hearing.  Quite often the hearing aids sold at big box stores cannot be taken to your local, independent provider for service.  You want to be sure that you have reliable service available when you need it.  We provide our patients with free routine cleanings on their hearing aids for the life of the hearing aid.  We allow our patients to walk-in anytime if they are having an issue with their hearing aids.  We have trained staff to look over the hearing aids and see what might be wrong with the aid while you wait.  If needed, we can provide loaner hearing aids when your aids need to go to the manufacturer for repair.  In addition to our routine cleanings, we also provide our patients with a 60-day trial period with their hearing aids, a 100% money-back guarantee, and free batteries.

4) Hearing aids are a financial investment. Don’t let the prices you hear from others scare you away, but also be wary of those full-page ads you may see that advertise that “too good to be true” pricing.  At Ken-Ton Hearing we provide you with quality hearing aids at affordable prices.  We work with you to make sure you are getting the best product that you can afford, with the best service possible.  There are many ways to make hearing aids affordable.  We accept most insurances and also provide interest-free financing options.

By |April 1st, 2015|Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Ken-Ton Doctors|Comments Off on Why you shouldn’t buy hearing aids from a Big Box Store

Helpful tips to for hearing aid users.

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Hearing aids are made to be as automatic as possible by adjusting to your hearing needs and listening environment no matter where you are. Still, there are things that you as a hearing aid user can do to get even more power, sound, and battery life from your devices.Whether you’re a new hearing aid user or an old pro, these tips will keep your aids – and ears – happy!

6 hearing aid tips

  1. Keep them clean: Whatever the type of hearing aid, water or other fluids should not be used to clean it. Instead, clean the surfaces of the hearing aid with a soft, dry cloth and use the special brush tool supplied with the hearing aid to clean around the sound outlet, microphone opening and vent.
  2. Keep them safe: Lean over the table when inserting and removing your hearing aid. Hearing aids could be damaged if they fall on the hard floor.  Always store them in the case you were provided with when you are not wearing them to avoid losing them or stepping on them.  Keep them away from pets.  Dogs like to eat hearing aids so always keep them put away in your case.
  3. Keep them dry: Hearing aids should never be exposed to high temperatures or moisture. Don’t wear your hearing aids while showering, swimming, during radiation treatment, or when using a hair dryer. If they are exposed to moisture, there are hearing aid dehumidifiers available to store them in to absorb out any moisture.
  4. Keep in touch: Your level of hearing loss may change over time, which means that your hearing aids will have to be adjusted to meet your new hearing needs. It’s important to keep in touch with your hearing professional and have regular hearing evaluations to get the most out of your hearing aids.
  5. Keep your batteries fresh: Open your hearing aid battery door when you aren’t using it to assure that your device isn’t using power when it’s not in your ear. Unopened hearing aid batteries should be stored in a dry place at room temperature – like a drawer. It is not necessary to store them in a refrigerator.  We do not recommend storing them in your vehicle because extreme hot or cold temperatures will decrease the battery life.
  6. Keep them on: It is common for new users to feel strange wearing their hearing aids. New sounds and the feeling of a medical device in your ear takes some getting used to. The best way to adjust to wearing hearing aids is to wear them as much as possible. Start with short periods of time and gradually work up to a couple hours and eventually wear them every day. Soon you won’t even realize you are wearing your hearing aids.
By |March 13th, 2015|Hearing Aids, Ken-Ton Doctors|Comments Off on Helpful tips to for hearing aid users.

Advancements in hearing aids

If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss that can be addressed with a hearing instrument, you may recall images of the clunky devices that your parents or grandparents wore.   If so, you should know that modern hearing instruments bear no more resemblance to those pieces of equipment than a rotary-dial telephone looks or performs like an iPhone.   Not only are today’s models much smaller than their older counterparts, but they also harness digital technology that makes them exceedingly adaptable.  For instance, noise-cancellation systems and programmability enable wearers to walk from a quiet environment into a noisy one without missing a word. Hear the difference for yourself. Many hearing instruments are equipped with Bluetooth technology that enables users to go wirelessly to their phones and TV.  Today’s personal hearing devices are like mini computers-they’re digital with wireless technology that allows the instruments to connect to cell phones, televisions,  iPods,  landline phones, etc. One only needs to listen to these instruments to experience better hearing and understand what they have been missing.

By |August 8th, 2014|Hearing Aids|Comments Off on Advancements in hearing aids