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At Hearing & Balance Centers Of New England, our commitment to patient care is built around comprehensive science, patient empathy, and human trust. We do far more than offer hearing aids in Worcester, MA. When you visit our Worcester hearing center, we will help you with a comprehensive hearing loss rehabilitation program.
Here’s what we offer to patients and what we believe makes Hearing & Balance Centers of New England the premier Worcester audiologists:
Our commitment to each patient begins before you ever step foot in our office. To provide education to our patients on our process and treatment options, we will send you an information packet, along with Dr. Darrow’s bestselling ‘Stop Living In Isolation’ book and accompanying audio CD. In this book, Dr. Darrow will answer two dozen of the most popular questions he has received from his patients over the past 20 years. You will hear answers to everything from “How are hearing loss and dementia are connected?” to “What are the different treatment options?” and “How affordable are hearing loss treatment options?”
Performed by Doctors of Audiology or board-certified hearing specialists, our Dr. Darrow Approved Hearing Assessment is a comprehensive diagnostic procedure intended to define the degree of hearing loss and examine the impact of hearing loss on understanding words and conversation in both quiet and background noise environments. The best treatment begins with the best evaluation; Excellence in Audiology™ certified clinics all over the country are using Dr. Darrow’s proven evaluation skills to provide the best treatment in restoring clarity.
We hear with our brains, not our ears.
NeuroTechnology™ hearing aids – the new generation of hearing loss technology – are designed to treat the cognitive impairments of hearing loss. Unlike traditional hearing aids that are manufactured to simply make things louder, today’s treatment options restore clarity of speech in all listening situations, including rooms with significant background noise. There are several NeuroTechnology™ options available depending on results of your hearing assessment.
NeuroTechnology™ that stimulates the auditory system is dependent on several factors, including the extent of impairment and the delay in treating hearing loss. Treatment begins at the initial appointment, and over the first few weeks there is an adaptive process that occurs as the patient’s brain adjusts to restored clarity.
In an ideal world, we would begin treatment for each patient on the first day their hearing loss started. However, research statistics tell us that patients tend to wait an average of 7+ years before starting hearing treatment.
Stimulation of the auditory system has a positive impact on the entire brain – and needs to be delivered at a conservative pace to insure a successful treatment. Dr. Darrow’s method of adapting clarity and volume levels within the first few months has been shown to be the most effective treatment rate – with the highest patient satisfaction.
Upon beginning treatment, the patient will begin to enjoy new experiences and new sounds, and they should expect to visit the office 2-3 times over the first 30-60 days to evaluate exact sound stimulation levels. While science is the driving force behind NeuroTechnology™, patient experience and feedback help guide the treatment process.
Understanding the adaptive process of the brain is the basis for our comprehensive training program that encompasses total auditory rehabilitation and active, engaged living for our patients. As your hearing diminished over time, so did your brain’s ability to orient, localize, and focus on the speech sounds you want to hear. Think of this stage of treatment as “physical therapy” for your ears.
Our comprehensive auditory and brain stimulation program will help you think faster, focus better, AND remember more of what you hear.
It is critical that your treatment be scientifically verified and validated. “Real-ear” measurements provide a method to objectively assess the accuracy and stimulation levels of NeuroTechnology™ when placed in your ear. Real-ear measurements are considered the gold standard for achieving proper clarity and stimulation.
Your hearing needs continue to change throughout your life, and we value our ongoing relationship with patients. We are committed to working with each patient for many years to come. Our comprehensive treatment program includes service, cleanings, supplies, annual hearing assessments, and ongoing support for years to come. When you work with our practice, you have a partner in enhanced hearing and improved quality of life. We look forward to seeing you whenever you need our help.
Just like any great partner, we look forward to helping you and your family for generations. From hearing protection devices, hearing aids, and follow-up hearing care – to our comprehensive education and outreach programs – we are your full-service Worcester audiology practice.