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Saline Audiology is a full service audiology practice owned and operated since 1997 by veteran doctors of Audiology, Lisa Richey and Credonna Miller.
With offices in Benton and Hot Springs Village, the clinics offer a wide range of services for infants through geriatrics. Evaluations and follow-up care are provided for all types of hearing problems, dizziness/vertigo, and state-of-the-art hearing aid fittings.
Keeping abreast of the latest technologies in amplification devices and latest research in the field, Saline Audiology provides each patient with the assurance of excellent expertise and knowledgeable guidance with patient commitment being a top priority.
810 N. East Street
Benton, Arkansas 72105
101 Este Way, Suite 2
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 71909
Do we speak to groups about Hearing Loops?
Yes. If you are a member of a group and you believe information about Hearing Loops can benefit you, your group, or any organization your group is associated with, please contact us and we will setup a free presentation.
What is a t-coil?
A t-coil, or telephone coil, is a small copper coil in most hearing aids that picks up a magnetic field from the loop and converts it into electrical energy. This is similar to how a microphone converts sound waves in to electrical energy. By switching the hearing aid to the “T” position, the electromagnetic field is detected. The strength of that field depends on the size of the t-coil, energy or power of the magnetic field and the relative positions of the t-coil. For telephone usage, the t-coil is best when horizontal relative to the phone receiver; however, the best reception for loops is a vertical orientation. So many audiologist set the t-coil at a 45 degree angle to work with both the telephone and induction loops. It is very important for your audiologist to take as much time programming and evaluating the t-coil as the microphone for optimal satisfaction of the user. An M/T position on the hearing aid allows the wearer to hear through the t-coil but also hear through the microphone, which is preferred by some so they can hear the person next to them or others in the room in addition to the direct signal from the loop. A manual “T” or “M/T” switch is a must to allow the user control over the programs.
Be advised that many hearing aids are fitted with a t-coil but the audiologist may not have activated the program or the volume may be set very low and need to be adjusted to hear satisfactorily through a loop. Some hearing aids that do not have a t-coil may be retro-fitted to experience the clear sound through loop in your home or in public venues.
Where are Induction Loops used?
Anywhere that has a Sound Source
Hearing loops are appropriate for two environments: transient/short term and extended/permanent. Extended time induction hearing loops are appropriate for public venues (commercial use), such as churches, auditoriums, meeting rooms and concert halls. Loop systems are available for transient locations such as bank windows, pharmacies, post offices, hotel reception desks, airport counters, information booths, etc. Even tour buses, taxis and trains can be looped. We analyze your public venue to determine the best design for you.
How does a Hearing Loop work?
The loop creates a magnetic field that is picked up by the T-coil in a hearing aid and is converted to audible sound sent from the amplifier. When the T-coil is activated in the hearing aid, feedback and background noise is eliminated or greatly reduced which results in a clearer signal from the source of the sound.
Why Induction Hearing Loops?
Induction loops improve listening clarity for those with hearing aids. The hearing aid must have a T-coil but estimates are that about 65 to 70 percent of hearing aids in use today have T-coils. Nearly all new hearing aids now have T-coils, so eventually all hearing aids will utilize the T-coil technology. Installation of induction loops is a very cost-effective way to improve communication for the hearing impaired population, while conforming to ADA guidelines.
Advantages of a loop system:
– Businesses or venues that install loop systems have virtually no maintenance on the system and do not have to purchase or maintain/sanitize/repair headphones such as those used with infrared or FM systems.
– There is no limit as to the number of users of the system – it is virtually unlimited.
– Users do not have to “advertise” their disability by using headphones – they only have to turn on their T-coil – so there is no stigma attached to the usage of the loop system.
– Users benefit from the loop technology AND their customized hearing aids for the best possible hearing experience. The loop system helps the hearing aid do its job.
– Loop technology uses a universal standard system any T-coil equipped instrument user can use at home in a TV room or worldwide.
– All hearing aid T-coils work with all loop systems. Cochlear implants also have T-coils.
– Listeners use hearing aids they own. Sound is optimized for their personal hearing loss and needs.
– Improved clarity and understanding benefits businesses and individuals.
– A loop system has a reasonable cost to install with minimal or no maintenance.
– Loop systems don’t require you to purchase, maintain, and replace portable receiving units.
– Portable units can be purchased for those without suitably equipped hearing aids at. We include one receiver for monitoring purposes. ADA requires headsets for 1% of seating occupancy so a 400 seat room would need 4 loop receivers.
– Our experience is that loop systems are far more likely to be used – and increasingly used – once installed.
How much does a Loop system cost?
Commercial loop installations vary from building to building, depending on construction, floor coverings, electrical interference, size, etc. A customized quote will be provided for each building and our professional installers will typically complete the installation in a couple of days. A professional installation is a must to ensure a quality system with even sound across the room.
How is a Loop installed?
A loop system from Saline Audiology is installed by professionals. A test loop may be run to make sure the proposed design will work before we do the permanent installation. Installations are required to meet the international standard IEC 60118-4, which defines the magnetic strength field, frequencies and measurement requirements. Installations are tested with a FSM (field strength meter) to confirm compliance.
We offer your church, auditorium, corporate meeting room, bank, senior center or private venue the support you need to successfully go “live” with the hearing loop.
– Custom design and installation to ensure you get the right product for your venue
– Signage to inform that a Hearing Loop is installed
– Plaques to commemorate the generosity of any donor(s) available upon request
– Hand outs to educate users and the general public
– Publish-ready announcements for your newsletter, church bulletin or emails
– We can help you with a news release to send to the newspaper, church magazine or blogs
– We will post your location on our website directory as being accessible for persons who use hearing aids
– With each installed hearing loop system, we will be available to answer questions, offer hands-on instruction and verify that the system works to the satisfaction of the end users. The loop will be in working order as soon as installation is completed. We typically ask that a few known hearing aid users provide us with feedback.
If you need more information, please contact us for a free consultation.
A hearing loop provides significantly enhanced functionality
for hearing aids and cochlear implants.
*Even with the most up-to-date technology, hearing aids and cochlear implants cannot completely separate important sounds from background noises; nor do they pick up all sounds from a distance such as those in a performance hall, a place of worship or even a home TV viewed from across the room. In such difficult listening settings, hearing (induction) loops are often a solution. A hearing loop is a wire connected to an electronic sound source that transmits that sound to the telecoil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant.
A hearing loop can discreetly surround a room, a chair in your home, or even be worn around the neck. Hearing loops can be connected to a public address system, a living room TV, a telephone (land line and cellular), or any source that produces sound electronically.
*A hearing aid and most cochlear implants equiped with a manually controlled T-switch is needed to hear in a hearing loop. The telecoil, also called t-coil, receives the signal from the loop and turns it back into sound in the hearing aid, often eliminating much of the background noise. The listener then hears only the sounds they desired; whether it is speech from a pulpit, a stage, a telephone conversation, or the television.
*Hearing loops can double hearing aid and cochlear implant functionality. Using the telecoil in conjunction with a hearing loop is a cost-effective way to improve the usability of your hearing aid or cochlear implant. The telecoil can also be used in conjunction with a variety of wireless or hand held hearing assistive listening devices.
Where are hearing loops used?
* Theaters and performing arts centers
* Places of worship
* High school and college auditoriums
* Court rooms and government chambers
*Board rooms and large meeting rooms
* Banquet and sports facilities
* Ticket counters and information booths
* Doctors’ offices and pharmacy counters
* Drive thru and pick up windows
* Elevators, trains and buses
* Museum exhibits
Hearing loops are also helpful in the home by using a neck or small room loop:
* Television or computer
* Telephone or cell phone
* MP3 player, iPod or stereo system
* To find a loop venue look for this sign
FACTS ABOUT HEARING LOSS
Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss.
*More than half of the people with hearing loss are younger than age 65.
*Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being—hearing impairment can decrease your quality of life!
*Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States.
Signs you may have a hearing loss:
*Difficulty hearing people talk in noisy environments such as a restaurant, shopping mall, in a car, or at the movie theater.
*People seem to “mumble” all the time.
*Family, friends, or colleagues often have to repeat themselves when speaking with you.
*You have trouble hearing people when they are not facing you or are in another room.
*You have trouble following conversations.
* You have ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in your ears.
What causes hearing loss?
*Exposure to excessive loud noise.
* Ear infections, trauma, or ear disease.
*Damage to the inner ear and ear drum from contact with a foreign object (cotton swabs, bobby pins, etc.) .
*Illness or certain medications.
*Deteriorating hearing due to the normal aging process.
How to protect your hearing:
*Wear hearing protection when around sounds louder than 85 dB for a long period of time. There are different types of hearing protection such as foam earplugs, earmuffs and custom hearing protection devices. Contact your local audiologist for custom hearing protection devices.
*Turn down the volume when listening to the radio, the TV, MP3 player, or anything through ear buds and headphones. (Visit www.TurnItToTheLeft.com)
*Walk away from the noise.
*And, other than hearing protection, do not put anything in your ear!
For more information on audiology and hearing loss, visit www.HowsYourHearing.org.
Diabetes and Hearing Loss
Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. Nearly 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss.
The numbers are similar — is there a link?
Yes, says the National Institute of Health (NIH). In fact, the NIH has found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. Also, of the 79 million adults thought to have pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than in those with normal blood sugar.
How does diabetes contribute to hearing loss?
Hearing depends on small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. Researchers believe that, over time, high blood glucose levels can damage these vessels and nerves, diminishing the ability to hear.
I don’t think I have any problem with my hearing.
Are you sure? For most people, hearing loss happens over time. The symptoms can be hard to notice. Quite often, family members and friends notice hearing loss before the person experiencing it.
Your doctor may not always screen for hearing loss during a physical. Even if your doctor does check for hearing loss, you may still “pass” the screening test in a quiet exam room. Common signs of hearing loss include:
I’m not even 65 — how could my hearing be bad already?
Most people with hearing loss are younger than 65. Hearing problems can even happen in children.
What should I do if I suspect a hearing loss?
Talk to your primary care doctor. You may then want to seek help from hearing specialist like: an audiologist, a licensed hearing aid dispenser or a doctor who specializes in hearing problems. From a full hearing exam, you’ll learn more about your hearing loss. You will also be told what can be done to treat it.
What can be done to treat a hearing loss?
Sometimes the problem is just an earwax build-up and the patient is referred to a doctor to remove the wax. Treatment will depend on the type of hearing loss. The most common type of hearing loss is called “sensorineural hearing loss.” This is the kind usually found with diabetes. It cannot usually be cured. However, most cases of sensorineural hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids.
How can I be sure that hearing aids will help?
Hearing aids have changed a lot in the past few years. Instead of making all sounds louder, like the old kind, newer hearing aids are better at making what you want to hear more clear. These hearing aids also have special features. They may have automatic volume control and can reduce background noise.
But I don’t want to be seen wearing hearing aids.
Hearing aids are getting smaller and smaller. It is unlikely anyone will notice when you are wearing them. The truth is, people are more likely to notice your hearing loss. People who don’t treat their hearing problems can become depressed and try to avoid their friends. On the other hand, studies show that people who wear hearing aids often have a better quality of life.
The American Diabetes Association