At this year’s recent American Academy of Audiology conference in Columbus, Ohio, our publication entitled “Evaluating Select Personal Sound Amplifiers And A Consumer Decision Model” was awarded best of hearing aid research. [Read more…]
This Just In!
Dr. Leavitt and the Corvallis Hearing Team have been at it again!! They will be recognized nationally for their research and presentation on the Subjective and Objective Characteristics of People Who Score Normally on Speech in Noise Test with Hearing Aids. [Read more…]
The heart of Corvallis Hearing Center and the passion and purpose of Dr. Ron Leavitt is to serve the people of our community.
One of the ways we strive for this is being a part of Oregon Association for Better Hearing and offering once a month educational seminars at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center here in Corvallis. Our hope and desire for these meetings is to arm the community with knowledge and power on hearing health and hearing options. [Read more…]
Typically it is thought that we hear with our ears. We actually hear with our brain. The ear is just the path it takes to the brain.
Our brain and our ears work together as a team. The ear collects the sound waves and the brain processes those sound waves/electrical signals into speech or into something we can identify around us. [Read more…]
In recent years the focus on hearing health care has shifted from the ears to the brain. One needs to only Google hearing loss and cognition to find dozens of articles in medical and hearing health care journals in the past few years.
Of particular interest is a recent article published ahead of print in Ear and Hearing February 22, 2019 by renowned Swedish and U.S. researchers Danielsson, Humes and Ronnberg who looked at the changes in the aging brain that affect speech understanding. [Read more…]
Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?
As Founder of the 32-year-old Oregon Association for Better Hearing (OABH) this question has been posed dozens of times during our monthly meetings.
When you look at the literature concerning hearing aid expense, several explanations for the high cost of hearing aids are put forth.
The first involves the evolution of technology. In all technological areas when a product is notably improved the price for such product increases. This has been true for hearing aids. [Read more…]
Several sources estimate Medicare will be insolvent by 2028. This dire prediction has produced numerous suggestions regarding how to cut medical costs and maintain Medicare.
In the area of hearing healthcare this charge for Medicare cost efficiency is led by otolaryngologist Frank Lin of Johns Hopkins Medical University.
Dr. Lin has suggested hearing healthcare could be more affordable by first removing all medical oversight for adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss allowing them to self-diagnose and self-treat their hearing losses. [Read more…]
Many view hearing loss as an inconsequential condition that can be ignored without serious implication. Why else would Medicare deny benefits for hearing loss evaluation and rehabilitation to those over 65? Why would people delay seeking hearing help for years? Scientific evidence no long supports this laissez-faire attitude. [Read more…]