HIGHLAND PARK, N.J., Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Central New Jersey-based audiology practice The Hearing Center is offering comprehensive hearing healthcare for those with hearing loss, including those who may have already purchased their hearing aids at a different location.
"We see patients who have had negative experiences with hearing aids, through internet or big box purchasing," Dr. Eric Sandler of The Hearing Center said. By comparison, when going to an audiologist, "they will work with a doctorate-level expert, concerned with all aspects of hearing health care. Not at the place where they buy their toilet paper."
Oftentimes during the holiday season, people who use hearing aids are left at a disadvantage around the dinner table due to ill-fitting hearing aids. At The Hearing Center, comprehensive hearing aid care reduces these struggles by ensuring that hearing aids fit and function properly and are custom-tuned and verified.
"At The Hearing Center, each device is expertly programmed, avoiding a cookie cutter formula," Sandler said. "We make sure that the hearing aids we fit are doing what we expect them to do because each person's hearing loss is different. The acoustics of the individual's ear need to be taken into account."
The Hearing Center helps patients adjust to hearing aids with free classes led by trained audiologists that guide patients on how to maximize the benefit of their hearing aids. In addition to classes, patients can draw on the expert care and state-of-the-art technology that ensure maximum benefit from the hearing aids for each patient. Sandler's practice also identifies medically treatable hearing loss for proper physician referral.
"We work closely with physicians to make sure that medical issues are treated," Sandler said. "We are doctorate-level audiologists who understand the science and physiology of the ear. Hearing aid manufacturers will often put lesser technology in big box stores, who market that technology as 'premium' even though it is not the most up-to-date technology."
Sandler said that lesser technology at other outlets -- including recent efforts of hearing aid manufacturers to purchase stores and practices where hearing aids are sold -- can be detrimental to unknowing patients.
"There has been a lot of consolidation in the industry, where hearing aid companies are buying practices," Sandler said, noting that The Hearing Center remains independent and not tied to any particular hearing aid manufacturer or representative. "People don't know when their practices are owned by a hearing aid company, whose employees are pushing those particular products."
Sandler explained that while a cheaper price can be appealing to those on a budget, the unsuspecting patient is likely not receiving comprehensive hearing healthcare.
"People will oftentimes shop around for price," Sandler said. "You need an audiologist to ensure that you adjust [to the hearing aids] accordingly. A lot of places will advertise cheap hearing aids but won't tell you that service terms may not be included."
Visit the center's website to learn more about The Hearing Center or to book an appointment in one of their three New Jersey offices, located in Highland Park, Manalapan and Clark.
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SOURCE The Hearing Center