Ask the Professionals

We’ve taken some of the most common questions that we get from patients and prospective hearing aid users and asked our experienced, expert team of providers to answer them.

Debra Swift of Swift Audiology

Debra Swift, B.C., H.I.S.

Owner & President

4 Offices Serving the Pittsburgh Region
Allison Park | North Hills | South Hills | Washington
35th Anniversary

Q: Why do I see so many price ranges advertised for Hearing Aids??

A: We understand that in today’s market—and more than ever before— individuals are flooded with options for amazing medical class, state of the art digital hearing aid technology to help improve the quality of their life. Choice is in the patient’s hands. Our Hearing Healthcare providers help educate our patients on their options by taking into account their needs, lifestyle, budget and hearing profile. Price ranges can go from $895 per hearing instrument to $3,500 per instrument depending on the technology to help you understand in noise and the Professional service involved.

Advertisements make it very confusing to distinguish between OTC (over the counter), PSAPS (personal sound amplifiers) and Medical Class Hearing Devices. There are (and always have been) many choices which do not include Professional testing, fitting, or follow-up care.

Through Swift Audiology’s Hearing Aid Test Drive Program, patients can test drive their hearing ads in real-time and in real life. “You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive, so why would you buy a hearing aid without one?” asks Swift.

Are you willing to risk your health to a cheap over-the-counter device? While cheap, so is the benefit to the wearer. Call 412-851-6435 to learn more.

“There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little
worse, sell a little cheaper and the people who consider PRICE only, are this
man’s lawful prey!” – John Ruskin

Dr. Megan Myers-Auria, CCC-A

AUDIOLOGIST – Swift Audiology

4 Offices Serving the Pittsburgh Region
Allison Park | North Hills | South Hills | Washington
35th Anniversary

Q: What is tinnitus? How can hearing aids help?

A: Many people suffer from tinnitus.  Tinnitus is defined as the perception of a sound that has no external source. Some of the more common sounds reported are: ringing, humming, buzzing, and cricket-like, according to Richard Tyler, PhD, from the Better Hearing Institute (BHI).  Tinnitus also can be constant or occasional and change in tone and loudness as well.  Tinnitus is not a ‘phantom sound’. There is real neural activity in your brain that you are hearing as your tinnitus (Tyler, BHI).  Common causes of tinnitus: Hearing Loss, Stress, Medication, and Diet/ Lifestyle (High caffeine, high salt intake).  Four ways to treat tinnitus: Avoid possible irritants. Reduce your exposure to things that may make your tinnitus worse. Common examples include loud noises, caffeine and nicotine. Cover up the noise. In a quiet setting, a fan, soft music or low-volume radio static may help mask the noise from tinnitus. Manage stress. Stress can make tinnitus worse. Stress management, whether through relaxation therapy, biofeedback or exercise, may provide some relief. Hearing aids.  Many hearing aids now can help reduce tinnitus.  Tinnitus maskers are also available in many hearing aids to help alleviate the sound. If you or someone you know suffers from tinnitus, call 412-851-6435 for an evaluation today or visit our website at swiftaudiology.com.

Dr. Lauren Carmen, Au.D.

AUDIOLOGIST – Swift Audiology

4 Offices Serving the Pittsburgh Region
Allison Park | North Hills | South Hills | Washington
35th Anniversary

When is the RIGHT time to get hearing aids?

At Swift Audiology, my patients constantly tell me, “I wish I would have gotten my hearing aids sooner!”. The truth is, it takes most people about five to seven years to pursue hearing amplification once they have been diagnosed with an aidable hearing loss. Some reasons why people delay the process include: vanity, a lack of knowledge about hearing aids, fear that the devices will be bothersome, and mistrust from experiences with previous health care professionals. Do you constantly feel like people are mumbling? Are you having trouble hearing in noisy situations?  Is speech difficult to understand while watching your favorite television show or movie?  If your ability to hear is affecting the quality of your or a loved one’s life, then I would suggest scheduling a hearing evaluation. Hearing aids have proven to boost your mood, keep your mind sharp, and most importantly, improve your quality of life. The journey to hearing better may seem intimidating at first, but at Swift Audiology, we take adequate time needed to educate you on your hearing loss and how hearing aids may help.  We make the process easy by working together to find the right solution for your personal listening needs.  Although there is not a universal “right time” to get hearing aids, the sooner you start the process the better.  So…what are you waiting for?  Call 412-851-6435 to learn more.

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