At Florida Gulf Coast Hearing Center, we carry a variety of technology levels and styles of hearing aid devices from top manufacturers such as ReSound, Signia (formerly Siemens), Widex, EarQ, Oticon, Starkey, Phonak, Earlens (a light-driven hearing aid), and others.
We will service most models, even from brands not on this list.
Have you ever found yourself asking the following questions? Click to read our answers.Is it time for a hearing aid?
The best way to answer this question is to be honest with yourself! Are you having difficulty hearing people at a restaurunt or in a crowd? Are you having trouble hearing at meetings, church, work, or school? And, most importantly, are other people telling you that you can’t hear? Hearing loss is a normal and acceptable part of aging. If you notice any change in your hearing you should see a medical specialist. A thorough exam and hearing test will identify any hearing problems. Once a hearing loss is diagnosed a medical specialist will decide if a hearing aid or other medical treatments are necessary. If hearing aids are recommended, make sure there is a trial period offered which allows you to return the hearing aids at a low cost if the performance of the hearing aids is less than satisfactory. If a medical specialist recommends a hearing aid, you should ensure that the right hearing aid is being prescribed for your specific hearing loss.
Hearing aids are highly sophisticated pieces of technology, and are not designed as a “one-size-fits-all” product. Your medical specialist’s staff should spend time to educate you about hearing aids and to find the specific aid that fits your hearing needs. There should be an ample trial period that allows you to return the hearing aids at a low cost. You should also be scheduled for return visits in order to discuss your experiences with the hearing aid so that it may be further tuned to meet your satisfaction.
Discuss styles and options with your hearing specialist. Together agree on a course of action. Comparison shopping can be a good idea, but, make certain that you are comparing the same styles and types of hearing aid. Not all aids that look the same have the same function. Oftentimes slightly less expensive aids are significantly less sophisticated, which means the sound quality and your satisfaction will be severely diminished. Hearing aid dealers and some franchises can be misleading. Don’t be fooled by savvy marketing and glamorous display cases!
Hearing affects your balance and direction. Just like you wouldn't put on one shoe or put one lens in your glasses—your brain needs to hear everything in order for you to hear properly.
Most of the time, they will help you. Everybody has a different experience with hearing loss and hearing aids. The good thing to know is that every generation of hearing aid that comes out gets a little bit better. Most of today's devices were designed to tackle this issue for the wearer using advanced sound processing technology as opposed to solely amplification.
Hearing aids are little computers, and like computers, if you take care of them you can get them to last a long time. Of course, a brand new hearing aid may perform better than an older one, but with proper care and maintenance you can get them to last a long time.
No, unfortunately, you'll never hear the way you used to. They are hearing aids, not hearing fixers.
Does it matter where you get your glasses or who you see for other health-related issues? Certainly! You should always find a medical specialist that is highly trained with superior knowledge and skills to meet your hearing needs. You should feel comfortable, have an adequate understanding of the problem, and have all or your question answered to your satisfaction. Beware of dealers who are out to sell you something. Hearing aids are sophisticated pieces of technology. For some individuas they can be intimidating and confusing. You should ensure that your specialist possesses all the personality and skills to give you the best experience possible.
We do not recommend buying hearing aids over the internet, or buying used aids. For optimal performance and satisfaction, hearing aids need to be specifically sized and tuned for each individual. Improperly fit aids can cause trauma and infections in the ear, and can lead to worsening ear function!
The style of hearing aid that is best for a patient is contingent upon a variety of factors, including the severity of hearing loss, lifestyle needs, and more. Typically one of the following types of hearing aids is selected:
Open fit is best for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. Advantages include:
Completely in the canal is best for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. Advantages include:
In the canal is best for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. Advantages include:
In the ear is best for mild to severe hearing loss. Advantages include:
Behind the ear suits broadest range of hearing loss. Advantages include:
Hearing aids do much more than simply amplify sound, and on top of that, we carry much more than just hearing aids. Read below for some additional technology and solutions that we bring to the table.
In addition to the discussion regarding the right type of hearing device for you, please also ask about the following advanced features that we can order for you, including:
We are also proud to carry the following:
Maybe your hearing is fine, but you'd like to keep your ears dry? Not a problem; ask us about:
Several new and innovative specialty hearing devices are now available. Some are used for specific hearing difficulties like unilateral or single sided hearing loss and others have unique features like extended wear capabilities. Click the links below to learn more.
We also carry the following to help connect your hearing aids to the world around you:
We are proud providers of EarQ hearing aids, which allows us to offer the longest hearing aid warranty available in the industry. The EarQ Secure Warranty brings with it protection for a full four years! Make sure the investment in your hearing is taken care of. Ask us about this during your appointment.
2180 Immokalee Rd. #101
Naples, FL 34110
9250 Corkscrew Rd. #3
Estero, FL 33928
6101 Pine Ridge Rd.
Naples, FL 34119