At Uber Hearing, we’re thrilled to report that our first year of business is shaping up to be an unrivaled success.
Aside from great sales figures, the lowest prices in Ontario, and high satisfaction rate, we haven’t had to sacrifice our two-hour long Advanced Hearing Tests, which enable us to program your hearing aids better than you’ve ever experienced them before. What makes Uber Hearing different from all other hearing aid providers? What's the secret to our success?
How does mild-to-moderate, age-related hearing loss happen, and what are it’s symptoms and impacts on your life?
Typically, mild-to-moderate hearing loss doesn’t pose a problem until it robs us of the frequencies where speech is located. At a certain point, you may struggle to hear the sound of soft consonants, like the letters “s”, “f”, and “th”, as well as other high-frequency speech sounds. In ideal conditions of quiet, in close proximity to the desired speaker, those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss may fare relatively well. However, in less than ideal circumstances, such as noisy social settings or trying to hear a distant speaker, the frail, soft consonants are masked by lower frequency noise, rendering speech inaudible.
Those experiencing mild-to-moderate hearing loss will generally have little-to-no low frequency hearing loss, can hear noise well, and know when they are being spoken to, but struggle to understand what is said, when in challenging environments. Often, those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss complain that other people are mumbling due to their inability to hear the particular consonants which offer clarity.
As well as inconvenience, mild-to-moderate hearing loss often presents with tinnitus, which is one of the brain’s possible responses to hearing loss, ringing or buzzing in the very frequencies in which hearing has been lost. The tinnitus often reported by those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss is in the high frequencies, described as sounding like crickets.
For those suffering mild-to-moderate, age-related hearing loss, what qualifies as an effective, good-value solution?
To avoid feeling plugged up, hearing aids should be sufficiently vented, leaving natural, low-frequency hearing to function as it always has. One way to ensure the hearing aid has been effectively vented is to put it in the ears with the sound turned off and confirm that the client hears their voice sounds relatively natural, and has been minimally affected. When turned on, the hearing aid must be able to adequately amplify higher-frequency sounds and, to ensure there is no pain or discomfort from loud, amplified sounds, compression of sudden loud sounds needs to be implemented.
Another risk when fitting hearing aids for mild-to-moderate clients is the perception of an “echo”, which is actually the time delay between natural sounds (a spoken word) and amplified sound (the word, amplified through the hearing aid). This can be avoided by ensuring not to over-amplify frequencies where both natural sound and amplified sound are audible.
Tinnitus? For the vast majority of tinnitus sufferers, simply amplifying sound in regions of hearing loss reduces their perception of tinnitus while wearing their hearing aids.
Advanced noise reduction philosophies, including Directionality, Rapid-Noise-Reduction, Beam-forming, and others, function by reducing noise in varying ways. However, those features are only impactful when hearing aids are not vented for comfort. Studies report that over 50% of the noise reduction capability of a hearing aid is lost when the hearing aids are vented for comfort . As well, the need for noise reduction and other premium features usually increases proportional to the degree of hearing loss.
Basic hearing aids do not lack any of the required technology to address the most common type of hearing loss - mild-to-moderate, age-related loss. The basic hearing aids of today are the premium hearing aids of yesterday. There may have been a time when basic hearing aids were noticeably lacking, as compared to their premium counterparts. Not so anymore. Today’s basic hearing aids are powerful instruments that continue to surprise clients with their effectiveness, versatility, comfort, and overall utility. Today’s premium features, while exciting, tend to be non-audiological features (those which have little to no bearing on sound quality), such as smart-phone connectivity and rechargeable options.
We’ve had the privilege to perform a great number of adjustments on hearing aids purchased elsewhere. When a person with hearing loss does not wear their hearing aids, there is usually a good reason why. Oftentimes, clients feel embarrassed, thinking that they have failed the process by not persevering or adapting. Obstacles to hearing aid success can often be remedied by thorough testing, correct interpretation of test results, a proper hearing aid adjustment for sound, and client counseling and training. We’ve been able to dissuade people from replacing their current hearing aids, having written them off as ineffective, and instead helped them experience their hearing aids anew, by doing the correct testing, re-establishing appropriate targets, and making the appropriate adjustments. If you’ve given up on your hearing aids, please don’t accept that it’s because you didn’t spend enough money. We’d be happy to help you give them another try.
Uber Hearing makes it a priority to keep abreast of emerging technologies, assessing their value in addressing varying types of hearing loss. We offer a diverse range of products, including the latest in rechargeable solutions, smart-phone connectivity, self-adjustability, invisible hearing aids, and more, knowing they are of value to many of our clients. However, our primary focus will always be audiological considerations first, because that’s the reason you come to see us.
The hearing aids we select with you must sound excellent, feel excellent, and provide audibility and comfort in all sound environments. Today’s basic hearing aids can handily meet those objectives for the majority of the clients we serve. Whether you prefer an in-the-ear or behind-the-ear discreet solution, smart-phone connectivity and adjustability, recharge-ability, or a custom hearing aid in a variety of sizes, Uber Hearing has a hearing aid for you, all for the lowest prices in Canada!
How can Uber Hearing offer such low prices?
Another way we can keep prices lower is that we don’t charge you an additional $600 to $1000 for a service plan that you may not ever use. Instead, we train our clients to easily maintain their hearing aids, through minimal daily care. If you do require a visit, we charge only $25.00 for a cleaning or an adjustment, if you’ve purchased your hearing aids at Uber Hearing. These optional, Pay-As-You-Go services are a far more affordable option than a hefty service plan fee.
We’re also happy to offer longer warranties of up to 4-years duration, and free loss and damage replacement on many hearing aid models, as well as lengthy evaluation period for any hearing aids purchase. We also offer a 100% money back guarantee.
At Uber Hearing, we’re proud of the way we choose to sell hearing aids. Our refined processes and commitment to testing and proving audiological benefit enable us to deliver premium hearing solutions without the premium price tag. If you have age-related, mild-to-moderate hearing, the journey to better hearing has never been easier and more affordable.
Call us today to book a FREE hearing test to start the journey to better hearing.