Hearing Aids

16 Jul 2019
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Announcing Starkey HearCare!

We are excited to announce Starkey HearCare is our new brand name. The tremendous service you’ve received from All American Hearing will continue under are new Starkey HearCare name.

We are setting a new standard for excellence in hearing healthcare with commitment to our Patient Journey philosophy. This philosophy is driven solely by the unique needs of our patients and our commitment to serve them. That means carefully guiding you on how to choose the best style and technology to enhance your lifestyle.

Our patient-centered approach and philosophy means your specific social, medical and economical needs are the most important considerations in determining which recommendation we make.

  • “State of the Art” Technology. As the evolution of digital sound technology continues to improve the performance of hearing instruments, we resolve to be the first to offer innovative products and services to you.
  • Team approach. Our staff functions together as a cohesive group of hearing professionals. We coordinate the individual expertise of all staff members to provide the best possible care for you.
  • Mobile testing. For those in our community who are unable to visit our office, we will provide all services at their residence at no additional charge.
  • Patient Satisfaction. We want our relationship with you to be a long lasting one. We encourage you to visit regularly, so we may continue to assist you in any way possible.
  • Community spirit. We will offer the community free hearing evaluations at our office and participate in health fairs and other community events.

Now is the time to take the first step and treat yourself to better hearing with Starkey HearCare.

30 Apr 2018
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Hearing Aid Feedback

Have you ever heard someone’s hearing aid buzzing and whistling? Nobody wants their hearing aids to whistle. Hearing aid feedback happens for two reasons: either the hearing aid doesn’t fit correctly or there is too much power. In both cases, sound from the hearing aid leaks out of the ear and is re-amplified by the hearing aid, causing the annoying high-pitched squeal.

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Hearing aid feedback used to be a huge factor when recommending instruments for our patients. That is, until Starkey revolutionized the industry by creating the PureWave Feedback Eliminator.

Hearing aid feedback used to be a huge factor when recommending instruments for our patients. In the past, we would occlude the ear with a mold or the shell of a hearing aid to prevent sound from leaking out of the ear. This prevented feedback, but also caused an unwanted effect: to the wearer, their own voice sounded like they were in a barrel or a cave.

It wasn’t until Starkey revolutionized the industry by introducing venting technology — allowing the provider to open up the earmold to reduce occlusion. Now the most common style of hearing aid dispensed in our offices is the open-fit, behind-the-ear device. This allows us to amplify the patients’ hearing aids to prescriptive levels without any feedback issues.

Today, patients can enjoy virtually feedback-free listening because of cancellation circuitry such as the PureWave Feedback Eliminator. Another benefit is the hearing aids’ power settings can be increased if the patient’s hearing requires a stronger prescription later, without causing the instrument to feed back and squeal. Why is this important? As time goes on, patients tend to lose more and more hearing, i.e., they have a progressive hearing loss. In the past, every time a patient’s hearing loss would get worse, s/he had to purchase a stronger set of hearing aids.

Today, we can increase the prescription in the hearing aids to accommodate for these changes in the patient’s hearing loss. However, the stronger we make the prescription, the greater the chance of feedback. Today’s industry-leading hearing aid feedback cancellation system allows us to increase patients’ prescriptions without feedback. This is very important and can extend the life of a set of hearing aids by years.

5 Oct 2016
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Why You Should Bring a Third Party to Your Hearing Test

Having a family member or close friend at your hearing test appointment can be valuable in more ways than one. Why?

  • They know you on a personal level: Hearing loss does not just affect the individual with the hearing loss, but rather it affects everyone they communicate with. At your first appointment your family member or friend knows you better than the Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist. They have a better idea of your lifestyle, interests and what situations become harder for you to hear in, so it is important to have them help explain what brought you in for the examination.
  • Familiar voice: Bringing an individual with a familiar voice is very useful during your initial hearing test appointment. Not only can your third party help the provider during the testing process, it is beneficial to for the patient to have a familiar voice and support system while the provider reviews their hearing test results in the office to help the individual better understand their level of loss and the hearing instrument options available to them.
  • Another perspective: Someone who has experienced these struggles with you can share their perspective on the situation. A lot of information is provided to you at your first appointment and it can be an abundance for one person to absorb. The third party can help you recognize your need for the treatment, and provides  support for the patient during the decision process. The third party can also be there to help ask questions that you may not have thought of in that moment. With the provider’s instructions, the three of you can determine which hearing aid make and model would be best suited for your lifestyle.

Starkey HearCare wants to make your transition into better hearing as easy as possible and we would be happy to lead you and your companion through this process. To schedule a complimentary hearing test, click here.

22 Sep 2016
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Southern Illinois Helps Give the Gift of Hearing!

Last month marked the 9th annual Starkey HearCare Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament in West Frankfort, IL. The tournament benefits the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which provides free hearing aids to people in need. Major League Baseball Hall of Famers, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson, from the St.Louis Cardinals, were at the event to sign autographs and to help raise money for this great cause. This year’s event has the biggest turnout to date. A handful of both children and adults were fit with hearing aids.

Starkey HearCare feels fortunate to once again be able to provide the gift of hearing to those that otherwise would not get the hearing help they deserve. To learn more about the Foundation, or to donate, click here.

22 Aug 2016
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Doctors Warn About the Dangers of Earbuds

Earbuds, headphones and Bluetooth devices are present everywhere today. From being plugged into your iPhone to MP3 player, they provide listening at gyms, at home and in the workplace. Ear buds are the most popular choice for listening, they weigh almost nothing and are cheap to purchase. The problem is that earbuds are causing hearing damage at an alarming rate.

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that “1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss because of personal audio devices, such as smartphones, and damaging levels of sound at entertainment venues like electronic dance music festivals, where noise levels can top 120 decibels for hours.”

Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri, an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist from Munster, Indiana stated that the largest cause of hearing damage in millennials is the use of iPods and smart phones as music devices. Since the 1980’s and 90’s hearing loss in teens is reportedly 30% greater. “You (once) had a Walkman with two AA batteries and headphone thongs that went over your ears,” said Cherukuri. “At high volume, the sound was so distorted and the battery life was poor. Nowadays, we have smart phones that are extremely complex computers with high-level fidelity.” It is a growing problem that could get worse if people do not take necessary precaution.

Some facts to consider:

  • At full volume, iPod and MP3 players, along with other digital music devices, can produce as much noise as if you were attending a live rock concert.
  • 89% of people tend to turn up their earbud volume as cars, lawn mowers, etc. are in the background. Be conscious of this behavior!
  • Follow the 60/60 rule: do not listen to these devices over a 60% volume and for no more than 60 minutes per day.

Cherukuri makes it his mission to educate and attempt to stop young people from wearing earbuds altogether. Since earbuds are so close to an individual’s ear drum, they can raise the volume as much as 9 decibels. People need to be aware that permanent hearing damage can happen in minutes and once the damage is done it is irreversible. It is important to remember to not only protect yourself, but also your children at sporting events, music concerts, riding the subway, etc.

How is your hearing? Get immediate results right now by taking this test online.

25 Jul 2016
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So The World May Hear 2016 Awards Gala

The Starkey Hearing Foundation celebrated their 16th annual So the World May Hear Awards Gala on July 17, 2016 in St.Paul, Minnesota. The event raised a record breaking amount for the Starkey Hearing Foundation and was a night to remember!Capture

The evening celebrated the milestone of the opening of the Starkey Hearing Institute in Zambia, which is a school that equips students with academic rigor, resources and tools to advance in hearing health care services. Along with this exciting achievement, the Starkey Hearing Foundation is expanding it’s missions with more programs and services, specifically with the Foundation’s Hear Now program. The Hear Now program is planning to have a 15% increase in 2016 over 2015 to provide more hearing devices to those in need domestically.

This years honorees included Paula F. Goldberg, co-founder and executive director of PACER, a program and lifeline for parents of children and young adults with disabilities. Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who was honored for his philanthropic achievements in advancing the future of Africa and Jennifer Garner, award winning actress, who was honored for being an advocate for early childhood development and her commitment to this growth.

There were several special guests and performers who provided entertainment throughout the evening. This included Jay Leno, the Hollywood Vampires, featuring Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, country duo Maddie and Tae, and both the Tenors and former American Idol winner Trent Harmon who serenaded the audience. The evening ended with a performance by John Mellencamp who closed out the event with a few crowd favorites. For more information on the Starkey Hearing Foundation, click here.

22 Jul 2016
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The Hidden Healthcare Cost Behind Untreated Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact your life by leading to depression, cognitive decline, deteriorated relationships with family and friends, and most recently a study found higher costs associated with your medical bills.

According to a new study conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina, those with untreated hearing loss had significantly higher medical bills than those without hearing loss. But how much higher?

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery compared 562,000 privately insured individuals between the ages of 55 and 64, both with and without hearing loss. The individuals had similar employment, health conditions and low-deductible health insurance. The study compared their inpatient and outpatient costs and prescriptions over an 18-month period.

The results found that those with hearing loss had significantly higher medical bills than those without hearing loss. Specifically, over an 18-month period those without hearing loss spent $10,629 and those with hearing loss spent $14,165.

While it may appear that the difference results in treating the hearing loss alone, that was not the case. The costs were higher for those with treated hearing loss than for those who did not suffer from a loss at all, but the individuals with untreated hearing loss spent the most, even more than those who had a loss and had purchased hearing instruments.

Hearing loss puts patients at a disadvantage when it comes to medical care. One conclusion is that these individuals avoid seeking medical assistance due to the stress of trying to communicate with the medical provider. This stress may delay them seeking the correct medical attention which in turn can lead to them needing more expensive care in the future.

Eventually, untreated hearing loss can lead to physical and emotional distress along with financial consequences if left untouched. The rate of hearing loss triples between the ages of 50 and 60. If you believe that yourself or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss, schedule a hearing examination at one of our 200 locations today. You could not only lower your healthcare costs long term, but also live a healthier and happier life in the process.

8 Jul 2016
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Congratulations to Schmidt’s Hearing Center, Family Hearing Center of Marlton, Audibel Hearing Centers, Hearing Unlimited & Sound Decision!

The Starkey HearCare Network would like to congratulate the following offices on their standard for excellence in hearing care. Please join us in acknowledging Schmidt’s Hearing Center, Family Hearing Center of Marlton, Audibel Hearing Centers, Hearing Unlimited and Sound Decision Hearing on the following awards each location received:

1. Schmidt’s Hearing Center-Stuart, Florida: “Best Hearing Care.”FLORIDATerry Walters, HAS

 2. Family Hearing Center of Marlton-Marlton, NJ: “Best Hearing Aid Specialist by the Burlington County Times.”


Terry Jackson, HIS, Tiffany Berth, Sc.D, Au.D, CCC-A, FAAA & Cindy Abbott, Patient Services Coordinator

3. Audibel Hearing Center-Athens, TN: “The Best Place to Purchase a Hearing Aid.”

2016 Athens-Ribbon1stC4. Hearing Unlimited-Ames, IA: “Best of Story County Award” & “Best Audiologist.”


5. Sound Decision Hearing-Sioux City, IA: “2016 Best of Sioux City Awards for Hearing Aids.”

6. Audibel Hearing Centers-New Ulm: “2016 Best of New Ulm Awards for Audiologist.”

Congratulations to all locations for receiving these awards and your commitment to serve your patients!

22 Apr 2016
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Hearing Loss & Music

No matter your age, you have most likely been exposed to loud music during several points in your lifetime. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “more than one billion teens and young adults are at risk for losing their hearing.” While many people enjoy music at concert venues, personal listening through headphones, or do it for a profession, it is important to note that once you lose your hearing you cannot get it back.

Many factors can attribute to this. These can include but are not limited to: how loud the music is, how close you are to the speakers, if you are listening to the music with headphones on, the amount of concerts you attend per year, or your family history of hearing loss.

The inner part of your ear contains tiny hair cells with nerve endings. These hair cells are responsible for picking up sound vibrations and carrying these signals to the brain where they are recognized as a sound. These hair cells can become damaged overtime due to exposure to loud noises. Just like any body part, too much exposure to something can damage it. There are several ways to practice safe listening habits.


  • Wear foam ear plugs to help reduce the noise or get custom fit musician plugs which allow you to hear the music at the same quality, but in a safer range.
  • Stand 10+ feet away from the speakers or sound system.
  • Move around and seek a quieter spot.

Ear Buds:

  • Decrease the amount of time you wear headphones for, take listening breaks.
  • Decrease the volume. The level of damage you can cause to your ears is correlated with the length and the volume of the sound.
  • Download a smartphone app to help monitor safe listening levels.

So when should I seek help if I believe I am suffering from hearing loss? While there are several unique symptoms, here are some key ones:

  • Asking others to repeat themselves.
  • Turning up the TV or radio to volumes that others would find too loud.
  • If it sounds like people are slurring or mumbling their words.
  • Have trouble hearing on the telephone or in a restaurant or public setting.
  • You have ringing in your ears.
  • Missing important information in professional settings, such as meetings.
  • Avoiding social settings or becoming anxious or depressed.

Click here to learn more about Starkey’s new hearing technology that processes speech and music independently, allowing hearing aid wearers to hear music the way it is meant to be heard.

Hearing loss can impact your life in many ways. If you or a loved one believe they are affected by noise induced hearing loss, a hearing aid is a life changing device that can improve your quality of life and prevent any additional damage from happening.

1 Apr 2016
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10 Reasons Why You Should Get a Hearing Test

10 Reasons Why

Hearing loss is more common than you think. In fact, it is the third most common health problem in the United States, according to WebMD. Hearing loss is treatable, especially if it is detected early on. Starkey HearCare believes that every individual should be getting a hearing test annually and this is why:

  1. A hearing test is painless and takes an hour or less.
  2. Hearing loss may be correlated to several other health conditions within the body including: hypertension, heart health, osteoporosis, diabetes, smoking, eye health and much more.
  3. The Mayo Clinic recommends baseline hearing tests for all adults.
  4. Untreated hearing loss increases your chance of dementia, falling, depression, social isolation and more.
  5. Hearing loss treatment has been shown to improve learning power, in fact a Better Hearing Institute study showed that people who have untreated hearing loss lose as much as $30,000 in annual income.
  6. A majority of clinics serve free coffee and cookies.
  7.  Hearing tests are free of charge.
  8.  You get your eyes checked and teeth cleaned-keep up with your hearing health!
  9.  Those with untreated hearing loss experience a 30-40% greater decline in thinking abilities compared to those without hearing loss.
  10. Because you want to be proactive about your health and live a healthy lifestyle!

If you think you or a loved one have hearing loss, find out by scheduling a hearing test at one of our 250 locations by clicking, here. Hear better, live better!