A lifetime of hearing loss improves with new technology

More than 69 years ago, Tom Sheppard experienced partial hearing loss at the tender age of one. “I’ve never known what it’s like to fully hear,” says Tom. “My entire life, doctors told me that hearing aids would do me no good.” But that changed last year when Tom was fitted with digital hearing aids from Winneshiek Medical Center Decorah Clinic Audiology. “I thought I’d look into using my hearing aids when my wife kept telling me to turn the TV down,” Tom says.

Cynthia See, Au.D., Mayo Clinic Health System audiologist at Winneshiek Medical Center says, “Digital hearing aid technology has improved in recent years and while Tom’s hearing is not fully restored or perfect in all situations, it did improve.”

In addition to convenience, there are distinct advantages of visiting Winneshiek Medical Center Decorah Clinic Audiology for hearing care verses a retail dispensing company. At Decorah Clinic, you are cared for by a doctor of audiology who dispenses the most advance hearing aid technology with easy to operate models that are discrete, competitively priced and guaranteed. “We also provide hearing aid demo models that patients can try for a week before finalizing their purchase,” says Dr. See.

In addition, Winneshiek Medical Center now offers replacement batteries and accessories available for purchase at the audiology reception desk on Decorah Clinic lower level. “I’ve always gotten ads from various places about hearing aids and my family doctor told me that if I was seriously looking at hearing aids, I should go to Decorah Clinic,” says Tom. “The hearing aids here seem to be less expensive.” Dr. See also provides follow-up appointments to help make sure everything is working just right.

“We know how hearing loss affects our patients’ quality of life,” says Dr. See. “Hearing aids aren’t always the answer to hearing loss either. That’s why it’s important to be evaluated by an audiologist.” Dr. See works closely with William Remington, M.D., full time Mayo Clinic Health System ear, nose and throat specialist in Decorah. Together they provide specialized hearing care for patients in unique situations with specialized needs so they get exactly the attention they need, when they need it, close to home. “My hearing is better than it was,” says Tom. “High pitched sounds like tearing papers would sound more like ripping aluminum. But with Dr. See’s custom fitting and expertise my hearing aids sound more natural.”

With more than 18 years of experience Dr. See provides newborn screenings, rehabilitation for adults and children and custom fits the most advanced hearing aid technology available. You may not need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment. Audiology services are covered by most insurance companies, check with your insurance provider for details. Quality, economical hearing aid batteries (by the pack or case), audiowipes, dehumidifiers, wax guards and wax loops are now available for purchase at the Decorah Clinic reception desk on the lower level of the clinic. Learn more at www.winmedical.org/audiology or to make an appointment with Dr. See, call 563-382-2911 or visit us online at www.winmedical.org/make-an-appointment.