Clifford Olson, AuD - Audiologist in Anthem
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Clifford Olson, AuD

Audiologist in Anthem

Doctor of Audiology - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • Excellence Award
American Board of Audiology Certified Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Academy of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association

About Clifford

While entering boot camp in 2002, I failed my hearing test. After numerous sessions with the audiologist for retests, I can remember thinking, "that seems like a awesome job". Fortunately, I was allowed to stay in the military and was able to complete my obligation of 4 successful years as a Security Forces team leader and Scout Sniper team leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

With audiology always staying in the back of my mind, in 2006 I earned my Massage Therapy license and started my own Massage Practice while attending school. As I was in the process of earning my degree in Exercise Science I had to make a decision of becoming a Personal Trainer, Exercise Physiologist, or shock my friends and family and pursue a career in Audiology. After numerous conversations with a family friend who is an audiologist, the decision was made.

I sold my business of nearly 6 years to enroll in the U of I Audiology program. I haven't regret the decision for a second. I was successful during my time in the military because of my ability to interact with people and solve problems which naturally translate to the field of audiology.

I specialize in complicated hearing losses that are difficult to treat.  I strive to always be on the forefront of new hearing technologies and treatments to ensure that my patients always have the best.

Expert Answers

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What are the best hearing aids for musicians?

This largely depends on if you are listening to music that is streamed directly into the hearing aids, or if you are listening to it live or through an external speaker.  If... Read more

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How much does EarLens cost?

The price of Earlens will vary based on location.  Earlens corporation has a suggested retail price which has fluctuated over the past year since they released the device for... Read more

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What analog hearing aids are currently available? I have severe hearing loss and digital aids are...

Analog hearing aids are hard to find, but you may be asking the wrong question.  Individuals who have worn analog hearing aids for years have a difficult transition to digital... Read more

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I have profound hearing loss both ears. I wear Beltone Boost Plus 1795. Is there a better brand f...

There are not a lot of differences between hearing aids when it comes to understanding speech better in a one-on-one situation.  Particularly in a quiet situation.  In-order-to... Read more

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Does Oticon Opn work with Android phones?

Yes it does.  However, only as a remote control.  It will not stream music or phone calls yet.

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How long do rechargeable hearing aid batteries last? Do they need to be replaced frequently?

For a Silver-Zinc battery, you should get a reliable recharge for a year.  For a Lithium rechargeable battery, you should expect around 3 years.  

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I'm considering a MED-EL cochlear implant. What is best hearing aid to wear with it?

While the MED-EL cochlear implant is a good product, it does not currently have a partner hearing aid company that is compatible.  If having compatibility between technology is... Read more

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I have single-sided deafness. What are the differences between the Widex CROS, Phonak CROS, and S...

There are not a lot of differences between these three companies other than personal preference.  However, Widex and Phonak have disconnect signals that are given when the aid... Read more

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Why are in-the-ear hearing aids skin colored? It makes them look like a phone from 20 years ago.

The original intent of a "skin colored" in-the-ear hearing aid was to make them as "invisible" as possible.  However, they ended up being even more obvious.  Many hearing aid... Read more

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I have profound hearing loss and the Naida V50 with the UP RIC sounds great but can be too powerf...

Most likely yes.  The UP Receiver is rated to 136/72 on an ear simulator for the B90/70/50-R.  If you are having success with your Naida, you should be able to swap out the... Read more

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Do hearing aids really block out background noise?

Simply stated, yes, research indicates that hearing aids can block out some background noise.  However, it depends on the level of technology, and where that background noise... Read more

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I have a severe to profound loss in both ears. I've always worn the full shell ITE aids. I like...

There is a chance that you could receive more power before the aids start to feed back.  In terms of better hearing, ITEs are generally as good as BTEs from a sound quality... Read more

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I have sloping hearing loss that is moderate to severe at high frequencies. I am 47, male. My low...

Some IICs can fit up to a severe hearing loss, however, if you have good low frequency hearing, the chance of amplifying the highs while having a vent for natural low frequency... Read more

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Does the Phonak Vitro B Titanium go far enough into the canal to prevent the echo sound and heari...

First off, I applaud your knowledge of the occlusion effect.  The depth of the Virto B Titanium will reduce the occlusion effect compared to a device that does not insert as... Read more

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Is it worth spending the money to buy higher technology hearing aids from the big brands?

Great question!  I wish this had a straight forward answer, but ultimately, it depends.  There are however, a few things that you need to take into consideration before trying... Read more

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I live in a Senior Home. Noise in dining room makes hearing impossible. I have tried Oticon Alta ...

You have just asked the million dollar hearing aid question.  In short, there is no hearing aid that exists today that will help you hear significantly better in that specific... Read more

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What is the average cost of a premium hearing aid? Should I purchase from Costco or an independe...

Great question.  Different clinics will charge different amounts for Premium level devices.  Some bundle the cost of services in with their devices and some don't.  The ones... Read more

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I have Rexton BTE aids that are about 5 years old. The original provider left town and the folks ...

If the clinic is a Rexton provider, they should be able to request the old software if the current software isn't backward compatible.

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What is the best hearing aid for a reverse slope cookie bite loss?

From more of the technical side, treating this hearing loss with any manufacturers hearing aid is complicated.  Depending on the severity, in order to get amplification in the... Read more

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What is the typical cost to have used hearing aids adjusted for a new owner?

Sorry, I can't answer this question for everybody, but in my clinic, there is an $800 fitting fee.  This covers the fitting and a structured follow-up schedule over the course... Read more

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How do I find an audiologist who is good at programming hearing aids for reverse slope hearing lo...

Finding the right audiologist for you can be complicated.  Here is a video I made that can give you some helpful tips on finding that audiologist:

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What hearing aids are best for sensorineural hearing loss?

Whichever aids have the correct power capabilities for your hearing loss, the right features based on your specific needs, and have been fit using Real Ear Measurement by your... Read more

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My audiologist recommended AGX hearing aids, but when I look at all the information on the intern...

I strongly recommend against AGX hearing aids.  They are basically re-branded hearing aids from one of the Big 6 manufacturers.  They are good hearing aids, but they have 2... Read more

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Is Costco a good place to buy hearing aids?

It depends.  If you can find a Costco with a good provider and you don't mind hearing aids that are mildly de-featured then Costco may be a good option.  If you can't find... Read more

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What is the average lifespan of the rechargeable batteries for Siemens Pure Binax?

The Siemens Pure Binax uses Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries.  It has approx. 500 charge cycles and an expected battery lifetime of 1 year.  Beyond this point, the battery may... Read more

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Who makes Kirkland hearing aids?

The current generation is manufactured by Signia (formerly known as Siemens).

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Are there any rechargeable hearing aids that work for profound hearing loss?

Phonak now has the Naida B R Receiver-In-Canal lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid that can treat a severe hearing loss.  It is basically the same thing as the Audeo BR which... Read more

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My first set of hearing aids were Resound. When I lost one, I was told I needed two brand new Res...

This doesn't really make sense at all.  First, there is typically Loss & Damage insurance on most hearing aids for a certain period of time.  Even if this is expired,... Read more


Clifford R. Olson, AuD - Doctor of Audiology in Anthem AZ - Applied Hearing Solutions

Get to know Cliff Olson, audiologist, and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions. Applied Hearing solutions is an audiology and hearing aid clinic in Anthem Arizona. Cliff's YouTube channel, Applied Hearing Solutions, provides information on hearing loss and treatment options.

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Best Bluetooth Hearing Aids In 2018 | Top 4 Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Dr. Cliff Olson, Audiologist in Anthem Arizona, discusses the progression of wireless Bluetooth technology in hearing aids and his 4 favorite Bluetooth hearing aids for Made for iPhone and Android.

Bluetooth has emerged as one of the most popular forms of wireless technology for hearing aids. While technologies like Telecoil, and Near Field Magnetic Induction are still heavily used. Bluetooth increases the functionality of hearing aids that use this form of wireless technology.

Here are my top 4 picks for best Bluetooth Hearing Aids:

#4. Phonak Audeo B-Direct - The Audeo B-Direct is the only Bluetooth hearing aid that can stream phone calls directly from an Android device as well as iPhone. However, it can only stream to one ear at a time. Check out my review of the Audeo B-Direct here:

#3. Starkey Halo IQ - The Halo IQ is the third generation the original Halo that was released in 2014. Starkey is one of the pioneers of Made for iPhone hearing aids.

#2. Oticon OPN - Oticon changed the way that their hearing aids work in a noisy situation. It is one of the main reasons their devices have dominated since their release in 2016. The OPN can Bluetooth connect directly with an iPhone, but can now connect with any phone with their new ConnectClip. Check out my OPN review here: and my ConnectClip review here:

#1. Resound LiNX 3D - The LinX 3D is the third generation of the LiNX line that was also started in 2014. Not only can you get direct Bluetooth connection with an iPhone, but you can use a Phone Clip to gain access to an Android phone as well. You can also use all of the other great accessories that ReSound has and get a custom In-the-ear hearing aid that uses Bluetooth. No other manufacturer has this feature. Feel free to check out my Resound LiNX 3D review here:

The 5 Things You Should EXPECT During A Hearing Aid Fitting Appointment

Dr. Cliff Olson from Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona discusses the 5 things you should expect during a hearing aid fitting appointment. A great hearing aid fitting is critical for success with your new devices.

#1. Subjective Questionnaire - Pre and Post questionnaires are a great way to determine how much success you are having with your hearing aids in your natural environments.

#2. Physical Fit of your Hearing Aids - Get this part wrong and nothing else matters. Fit affects more than comfort. It can dictate how well a hearing aid can be programmed and functions.

#3. Real Ear Measures - REMs are the only way to ensure proper programming of your hearing aids. Watch my Real Ear Measurement Video by clicking this link:

#4. How to use your new hearing aids - It would probably be a good idea if you knew how to put them in your ears and turn them on.

#5. Realistic Expectations - Getting used to hearing aids takes time, and it isn't always easy. There will be some sounds that you hate, but it will get better. Your hearing care provider should discuss these with you so you know what to expect.

What is an Audiologist? | The Hearing Doctor

Dr. Cliff Olson, Audiologist from Anthem Arizona, discusses what an Audiologist is, and what makes them a Hearing Doctor.

The Most Important HEARING AID Video You Will EVER Watch! | What are Real Ear Measures?

Dr. Cliff Olson, founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona, discusses Real Ear Measures (REM) which is the one thing that is more important than the hearing aids you wear. Real Ear Measures, or Real Ear Verification, is the only way to ensure your hearing aids are fit appropriately. Does your hearing care professional do them?

BOSE Hearphones Detailed Review | NOT Your Typical BOSE Headphones

Dr. Cliff Olson, Audiologist from Anthem Arizona, provides a detailed review of the BOSE Hearphones which are not just another pair of typical BOSE Headphones.

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BOSE Hearphones:

The BOSE Hearphones are not just your typical set of BOSE Headphones. They look a lot like the QuietComfort 35 noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones, but the HEARphones are BOSE's "Conversation Enhancing Headphones". While they may be intended to treat hearing loss, BOSE is not able to advertise them as devices that can do so until regulations for the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act are drafted by the FDA, which will be a few years from now. Until then, let's see how good this product is for hearing loss.

Pro#1. Comfort - The Hearphones are comfortable, really comfortable. The soft eartips can be worn easily for hours at a time which means you can wear them the majority of the day.

Pro#2. Bluetooth - Because it has a neck collar, you get a strong Bluetooth signal with the device you are streaming sound/calls from.

Pro#3. Quality of Music - It's no surprise that BOSE gives you high quality sound with all of their products. The Hearphones definitely do not disappoint.

Pro #4. They can meet a Mild and Moderate Hearing Loss Prescription - Using Real Ear Measurement, was able to program the BOSE Hearphones to a Flat Mild & Moderate hearing loss, as well as a High Frequency Moderate hearing loss. Learn more about Real Ear Measures in this video:

Pro #5. Noise Cancellation - In true BOSE fashion, the Hearphones can cancel background noise with music, and reduce background noise when amplifying Real World Sound.

The Hearphones are impressive but there are a few Cons in my opinion.

Con #1. The Collar - I'm not a big fan of wearing anything around my neck. Plus, I feel that I am being rude by wearing the headphones during a conversation.

Con #2. Phone Call Clarity - You actually get good clarity from the Hearphones, but it does transfer some noise to the person you are talking to on the phone. Just don't talk on the phone through the Hearphones if you are in a noisy environment.

Con #3. Feedback - The Hearphones do NOT have good feedback cancellation. This means you are at risk for them whistling at you if you increase the treble too much along with real word sound.

Con #4. Occlusion Effect - The Occlusion Effect occurs when you block off your ear canals which occurs with the closed Hearphone ear tips. This makes your voice seem really loud to yourself, particularly if you have normal low-frequency hearing.

Overall, I was super impressed with the BOSE Hearphones. Will they outperform a pair of traditional hearing aids that are programmed well? The answer is no, but do I think they could be a viable option for someone to use if they have a mild hearing loss?...The answer is actually YES!

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Find Clifford

Applied Hearing Solutions
4122 W. Innovative Drive
Suite 101
Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Arizona 85086
United States of America

Services Provided

Adult Hearing Evaluations

Adult Hearing Aid Fittings

Earwax Removal

Tinnitus Assessments

Tinnitus Counseling

Musician's Earplugs

Unbundled Hearing Aid Pricing

Hearing Aid Repairs

Hearing Assistance Technology

Tympanometry Evaluations

Real Ear Measurements

Noise Protection Earplugs

Video Otoscopy