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Love at First… Hearing

Love at First… Hearing

Love at First… Hearing

by | Feb 5, 2021 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources

Do you love your hearing aids? Do you love the way they fit? Do you love the way they sound? Do you love the service that accompanies the devices?

As doctors of audiology, we want our patients to love their hearing aids. We want our patients to be able to enjoy the sounds of life. We want our patients to be able to communicate with loved ones – whether in person or on Zoom – without straining to understand.

Admittedly, hearing loss is a difficult problem to solve.

The majority of hearing loss (approximately 90%) is incurable, permanent, and progressive with neurologic implications.

Hearing aids are a man-made device that will never match the ears that we were born with. However, they have come a long way.

Hearing aid technology continues to improve rapidly and satisfaction rates among hearing aid users is at an all-time high.

Our experience suggests several keys to success.

  • First, a comprehensive hearing evaluation helps to ensure a correct understanding of the problem. Some clinics and warehouses offer basic screenings in less-than-ideal conditions that are often inadequate for a proper diagnosis.
  • Second, appropriate selection and fitting of hearing aids is vital. Not every hearing aid is appropriate for every hearing loss. And obviously, the programming and adjusting is critical.
  • Finally, and most importantly, hearing aids require long-term care. The best decision you can make when selecting hearing aids is to choose a clinic that is committed to your long-term hearing healthcare.

Whether you obtained your hearing aids at our clinic or at another location, we welcome the chance to help you love your hearing aids.

High-level Care and Expertise

Our clinic is staffed by the highest credentialed professionals in the hearing healthcare industry: doctors of audiology. Our doctors and our staff strive to provide the highest level of care.

If you or a loved one would like a free consultation with one of our doctors, call us today at (435) 688-8991. Or find us on the web at www.hearingdoctors.net

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Dr. Ryan Whitaker

Dr. Whitaker joined Hearing & Balance Doctors of Utah in 2009. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in 2005 with his Bachelors of Science in Audiology and Speech Pathology. He then received his Doctor of Audiology from the University of Arizona where he minored in Cognitive Neuroscience (the study of how people perceive sound). While at the University of Arizona, he specialized in evoked potentials, specifically researching Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials and the Acoustic Change Complex. He gained clinical experience at Tucson Ear, Nose, and Throat; St. Joseph’s Hospital Balance Center; Arizona Hearing Specialists; and the Center for Hearing Impaired Children. Dr. Whitaker was raised in Orem, Utah with three older sisters and a younger brother (who is also an audiologist). His grandfather was a cartoonist for the Walt Disney Studios where he drew Donald Duck and many characters in Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland before starting the BYU Motion Picture Studio. Dr. Whitaker is married and has three sons. He is passionate about college football and also enjoys hiking in Southern Utah, reading, and traveling. He has traveled extensively through South Asia including Thailand, India, Nepal, and a church mission to the Philippines.

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