IlluminEar Tinnitus & Audiology Center
Audiologists located in Central Medical District, Austin, TX
Hearing aids are one of the most valuable tools available to allow those with hearing loss. Working out of the IlluminEar Tinnitus & Audiology Center in Austin, Texas, Dr. Kristen Keener can help you find the hearing aids you need to bring the joy of sound back to your life.
Hearing Aids Q & A
What types of people benefit from hearing aids?
Although hearing aids are not a solution for every audiological condition, most people with hearing loss can benefit from them. Hearing aids, contrary to popular opinion, do not actually restore your hearing to normal levels after you’ve experienced hearing loss. However, hearing aids do improve your hearing so that you can participate in the areas of life that you’ve been missing out on.
What types of hearing aids are available and how do they work?
For those interested in hearing aids, there are three different types available: behind-the-ear, completely-in-the-canal, and in-the-ear. When you talk to your audiologist, they will help you decide which type of hearing aid is best for you depending on your type of hearing loss and how comfortable each kind of hearing aid feels on your ear.
Hearing aids work by amplifying sounds to make them easier to hear. Your hearing will pick up the sounds around you, transform these sounds into electrical pulses, and send those pulses to the speakers of your hearing aid, which, in turn, transmits those sounds into your ear. Some modern hearing aids are even capable of picking out and enhancing certain sounds that are affected directly by your hearing loss.
How do you get a hearing aid?
Many people can be intimidated by the process of getting a hearing aid, but when you work with a skilled audiologist like Dr. Keener, it’s actually quite easy. The first thing that will happen is that you will undergo a hearing test. If the test comes back with any medical issues, you may be referred to another doctor that can handle them more effectively. Next, you will be given a hearing aid evaluation—a test that will fit you for your hearing aid and then calibrate it to your specific needs. Finally, you will have a follow-up appointment to gauge how well your hearing aid is working for you. Once the process is finished, you’ll be amazed at how easy it was and how much your new hearing aid has improved your life.
Accepted Insurance Providers
We are happy to file your insurance claim, regardless if it is in or out-of-network. Please call the office with any insurance or financing questions.
Words from our patients
"No one else had given me as much real information about my tinnitus. The actual solutions she offered me were well thought out, and tailored to my lifestyle."
"Every aspect of my time spent with Dr. Keener was very rewarding. Her interest and attention given to my tinnitus condition far exceeded my expectations."