These days, you can shop for just about anything from the comfort of your own home. And you’re apt to find some pretty good deals online, too.

But there are some things that just shouldn’t be purchased over the Internet.

Hearing aids are a perfect example.

You should only purchase hearing aids from a licensed, experienced audiologist.


  • To ensure your safety and satisfaction, you need comprehensive diagnostic audiometric testing to determine the extent and type of your hearing loss. The Internet (and even big box retailers) cannot provide the extensive testing that's critical for choosing the right hearing aid.

Have you been shot by Cupid's arrow? Do you want to whisper to your spouse just how much you love him? If your husband has untreated hearing loss, the two of you may not be able to communicate like you did in the past. Has his hearing loss weakened your emotional connection?

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show your spouse that your love is still as strong as the day you fell in love. Convince him to get his hearing check and accompany him to his appointment.

At Manatee Ear Center, we offer comprehensive hearing evaluations and will work to find a solution to meet his unique needs.

Contact us today with any questions you may have about our services or to schedule an appointment. We would love to help you strengthen your love connection.

When seeking advice about your health, it is best to seek out someone with the most knowledge, education and experience to help you make the best decisions. When it comes to hearing loss, it should be no different. It’s a wiser choice to go see an Audiologist rather than big box stores, such as Sam’s and Costco. There are many differences between the two.

Here are some of them:

Today's world is noisy. We all know that most restaurants are noisy, bowling alleys are noisy, but hearing aid users cannot escape from noise in their own homes. Hearing in noise is easier when an individual is fit with 2 hearing aids instead of 1. Two aids help with better sound quality and helps with listening in noise. Directional microphones are the most effective noise reduction strategy in hearing aids.

The main goals when fitting hearing instruments are to improve the ability to hear comfortable, soft or distant sounds and to improve speech understanding. Even with the best hearing aids, some individuals will still encounter hearing difficulties due to a damaged auditory system, reduced cognitive ability and/or difficult hearing environment.

Assistive listening devices will sometimes help. With the wireless hearing aid technology today, assistive devices can improve understanding for TV, phones or remote microphones.

Every hearing instrument has one or more microphones which pick up sound from the environment. This acoustic signal is transformed to an electrical signal. It's then amplified and adapted according to the individual's hearing loss. The receiver (or "loudspeaker") reconverts the electrical signal into an acoustic signal which is directed down the ear canal.