At Northwoods Ears, Nose & Throat our main goal is to fit you with a hearing aid that best suits you as an individual. Not everyone needs a hearing aid. When you visit us, we will first make sure your ears are in their best health. Dr. Slater will examine your ears and advise you. Then our Audiologist will perform a hearing test which will determine if you have a hearing loss and if your hearing loss can be aided with hearing aids. If Dr. Slater prescribes hearing aids our Audiologist will sit one on one with you for a hearing aid demo.
We currently work with the following hearing aids
Widex Hearing Aids
Like everyone, people with hearing loss are exposed to a wide range of different sounds and at different levels. So it’s important to have a hearing aid that helps you hear soft sounds while making sure that loud sounds are not too uncomfortable.
The Widex Sound means that you can hear a full spectrum of sounds – from background noise, to whispers to voices in a crowd.
But it goes beyond that. We make sure that all our hearing aids can be fit so that they suit your exact hearing loss and the way you listen. And that they are designed to be comfortable to wear. So you can hear the most natural sound possible. Whoever you are and wherever you are.
THAT’S THE WIDEX SOUND.
Oticon Hearing Aids
The Oticon story starts with one man’s passion to help his wife lead a better life, unhindered by her hearing loss. This passion to empower people in need of hearing support is what drove us through the last century, what drives us now, and what will take us into the next.
Phonak Hearing Aids
Phonak’s goal is to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss. Phonak is the innovative force in hearing acoustics. With our creative solutions, we strive to overcome technological limitations – so that all people are able to hear, understand and fully enjoy life’s rich landscapes of sound.
ReSound Hearing Aids
Since the company was founded in 1943, ReSound has been known for great sound quality, design excellence and meaningful solutions that help hearing impaired people rediscover sounds.
The Baha Auditory Osseointegrated Implant System or BAHA is an alternative hearing device that utilizes bone conduction to improve a person’s hearing versus a traditional hearing aid. With the BAHA, there is an abutment that resembles a small post that is surgically implanted into the temporal bone by an ENT surgeon. The abutment will then osseointegrate with the bone. A sound processor is attached to the abutment and programmed by an audiologist, which provides sound to the wearer via bone conduction.
The surgery for the BAHA is typically simple outpatient surgery. Following surgery, there is a 3 month waiting period before activation. This time period allows for the implant to osseointegrate with the temporal bone. After the 3 month waiting period, the BAHA processor is activated by the audiologist. Many health insurances cover most of the costs for a BAHA system.
The BAHA is approved through the FDA for adults who suffer from conductive or mixed hearing loss or single sided deafness. It is also cleared for children older than 5 years of age. The best way to determine if a BAHA system will work for you is to have an assessment and demonstration with our audiologists and then meet with the ENT surgeon that surgically implants the BAHA. Please call our office and set up your appointment today at (231) 348-5900.
Northwoods Ear, Nose & Throat, PC
Dr. James J. Slater DO, FAOCO
Maria Thompson MA, CCC-A
2611 Charlevoix Ave.
Petoskey, MI 49770
125 N. Main St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721