Dr. Hunsaker is from a small town in southern Idaho. He attended both undergraduate and graduate school at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. During his schooling he had clinical rotations at The Hearing and Balance Center at the Elks and Saltzer Medical Group in Boise, Idaho and Regional Hearing and Balance Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He moved to Las Vegas in 2008 and worked for Christensen Hearing Institute for two years. In 2010, he opened Desert Valley Audiology. He has seen Desert Valley Audiology grow from a one man show to the flourishing company that it is today. Dr. Hunsaker holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology(CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association(ASHA).
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Video Transcript for those with Hearing Loss:
Hi Im Dr. Tim Hunsannker of Desert Valley Audiology. This week's video is all about finding hearing aid. If you're like many people, when you go to audiologist, you don't really know what to expect with a hearing aid. They give you different varieties and they give you different choices. But also you are not getting sure of what you are getting. I remember when I was in graduate school, my dad needed a hearing aid. So of course, he sent an audiologist son to look for a hearing aid. I've been in graduate school for two to three months and to be frank I didn't know hearing aids well at that point. So I didn't know what to look for. So I started looking around and went to different audiologist I knew. They asked me some questions. And they said we'll give whatever you would like. As I did more research I kind a begin to be more confused and I really don't know what to expect.
I just didn't really know what to expect. In the end I seek the advice of my colleagues since they are more experienced. But today's video I wanna go over step by step of different parts of the hearing aids and what to expect and what to look at once you are advised what hearing aid to choose.
So here are several features of hearing aids:
First one is directional microphones. Directional microphones are the best improved that we had in hearing aids in the last fifteen years in order to let people hear in background noise. Problem with background noise and hearing aids has been an ongoing one. Oftentimes people say I hear the background noise but I cant hear the person talking in front . So you have two microphone mode. Omni directional meaning it amplifies behind and beside you. directional microphones is actually two microphones on the hearing aid which allow the hearing aid to focus directly in front of you and cut off the things beside and behind you. Directional microphones help people understand better in background noise. We've had other improvements but that is the greatest improvement we had. Not everybody needs it but it is one advantage of hearing aid. Another directional microphone is adaptive directionality. It means that directional microphones put an emphasis directly on whats in front of you. The hearing adapts automatically. When you get into a noisy environment, the microphone automatically go to a directional mode. So you are only amplifying whats in front of you. Some of your less expensive hearing aids do not have adaptive directionality. When you actually need to shift to a directional mode you actually needs to reach for the button or reach your remote control.
The next thing I want to talk about is T-Coil. T coil is a device in the hearing aid that communicated with other electronics through magnetics. T-coil helps to hear with the telephone better. You hear the phone directly through your hearing aid. I think that the T-coil can be used in a lot of public theaters, churches with wired loops. You can hear well whether it is a movie, a play or a church sermon. Now T-coil is not for everybody. Some people find it to be more bother than its worth. But it is an option that you have.
Next We have channels. Five years ago, When you go to an audiologist and you would say, how many channels does this hearing aid have? And that is the way that you can gauge what sophistication a hearing aid have. We started with two channels hearing aids. And we've got up to 32 channels hearing aids. Everybody that really knows channels. Difference in 12 channels and 18 channels is not a big difference. A 12 channel system has a 12 frequencies that you can adjust, 2 channels has two frequencies that you can adjust. So your less expensive hearing aids are two to four channel systems. Usually your mid levels are 8 to 10 channels. Your premiums are 10 to 18 channels.
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