Image of Audiologist demonstrating hearing aids to patient.While most hearing aids contain the same basic components, they are hardly created equal.

Neither are all buying hearing aid purchase locations created equal. When you buy from an audiologist, you get the hearing healthcare expertise that you won’t get with a sales representative at a big box store.

Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida reminds you that you owe it to yourself and your hearing to receive guidance from the highly trained professionals who make suggestions based on comprehensive evaluations.

Audiologists possess either a Master’s or Doctorate degree and use the most advanced equipment available to provide customers with higher quality testing methods and diagnostics. Audiologists typically have access to a wider list of manufacturers, helping you get the best hearing aid for your situation. They also work closely with primary care physicians and specialists such as neurologists.


Technological Advances

Hearing aid advances have greatly improved the listening experiences of those with hearing loss.

The latest devices’ four basic parts – microphone, processor, receiver and power source – are capable of much more than the analog versions were. Many of the modern advancements found in premium hearing aids have improved the processor, which takes the signal picked up by the microphone and delivers it to the receiver, which in turns delivers the sound to the ear canal.

  1. Background noise: Digital noise reduction systems detect unwanted noise, such as background sounds, decreasing its volume to make it less noticeable and annoying. Basic hearing aids have limited options in customizing these levels.
  2. Directional microphones: These systems give a boost to the intended sound source while reducing other noise. This can drastically improve the understanding of speech in noisier environments, such as restaurants. Smartphones can be also used as microphones for modern hearing aids.
  3. Managing feedback: Feedback loops make a whistling noise that makes listening uncomfortable. While basic hearing aids fight feedback by reducing sound amplification as a whole, more advanced devices address the problem while maintaining the overall amplification of desired sounds.
  4. Bluetooth compatibility: A wireless feature that connects hearing aids to smartphones and other electronic devices, Bluetooth compatibility increases the signal-to-noise ratio, without adding to interference, a common problem with FM compatibility.

Insurance Accepted

Manatee Ear Center provides hearing tests and hearing aids to the residents Manatee and Sarasota County, Florida. Check out the list of insurance providers that we accept.

We also provide free hearing screenings to adults age 50 and older. To learn more about our hearing aid services, call us at 941-745-1518 or request an appointment online.