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Hearing Aids Tailored To Your Life!

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Hearing Aids Tailored To Your Life!

Over 10,000 lives transformed
since 1996 in Silicon Valley

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Hearing Aids Tailored To Your Life!

Over 10,000 lives transformed
since 1996 in Silicon Valley

When we think of hearing ability, we usually think it is our ears that do all the work, but that isn’t true: our brains actually do most of the hearing and understanding. Our ears bring noises in, but interpreting that noise, distinguishing what is useful from what is garbage, and understanding speech and other sounds is all done by the brain. So if we want to improve our listening skills, there is something we can do: we can train our brains and improve our ability to engage our environments.

Communication 101

In order to communicate with others, it is vital that we are able to listen to them. With hearing impairment come hearing aids, which can help you to hear more of the world around you, yet they cannot improve your listening skills. To listen, we must be able to block out distracting background noises and hone in on the sounds that are valuable.

Any time we are actively communicating with other people, we are training our brains to listen better. Practicing active listening is vital to maintaining communication skills as we age.

Listening and Hearing are not the Same

Recognizing the presence of sound is the act of hearing. You can be startled by a loud bang or turn your attention to a source of noise, but neither of those require much understanding. Scientists call this signal-based processing. Both hearing and knowledge are requirement for active listening, however.

Communication Skills and Strategies

As we age, the distinction between hearing and listening may become more evident. Often older people report being able to hear what is being said but not quite understanding it like they used to. Fortunately, there are tools, training and information that can help us to improve our listening skills. Our brains can be trained to hear and listen at an appropriate level.

Here are a few tips for improving listening and communication:

  • Listening improvement classes can help teach you how to train your brain
  • Understand the limits of a hearing aid
  • Ask those around you to speak clearly and succinctly to help you
  • Learn about other technologies that can help with noise cancelling and background distractions
  • Use closed captioning or subtitles while watching movies and TV

Here are a few exercises that can help to train your brain and improve listening skills:

  • Read and listen to a book at the same time
  • Sit with a friend and listen to them read a newspaper aloud, then read it along with them
  • Watch a show or movie without closed captioning, then watch it again with it, and evaluate your comprehension

To challenge you further, you can try each of the above exercises in noisy environments with background noise to help you focus in on sounds you are trying to hear.

Simply having the ability to hear does not guarantee good listening and communication skills, so while hearing aids are a big help, they are not the only strategy. The good news is you can practice active listening to help you improve your communication skills and listening abilities.

Los Gatos Audiology is here to help you protect your hearing and your health. Call today and come in for your yearly hearing exam so you can stay ahead of the curve and protect your hearing, your brain and your health.

We’ve served San Jose and the Bay Area for over 40 years, providing the right solution for Your Life. Your Style.

 

YOUR NEW TOP-RATED & FAVORITE LOS GATOS, CA, AUDIOLOGIST ...

Christine Throm is an excellent audiologist, technologist (she can fix, pair, tweak and whatever else, most hearing aid problems. Others go back to the factory) and on top of the latest developments in her field serving as current President of the California Academy of Audiology. Above all else, she is a caring person who will put your best interests first. Always. You will be pleased

- L. Egherman
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I've been a client of Christine Throm for over 10 years (and 3 moves... you always stay with the best). She is a VERY dedicated professional, she is knowledgeable, and caring. My hearing loss has never been managed more effectively and the she has access to the latest and most advanced technologies. She has personally selected her staff to reflect her own values and high standards. Everyone there is friendly helpful. To top it off, they are now conveniently located adjacent to the "Mission Oaks" campus of Good Sam in a suite of beautiful, "state-of-the-art" offices.She is the GREATEST! Enough said.

- R. Henry Richards
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Dr. Christine Throm was very knowledgeable and thorough. After one visit I understood what my hearing losses are and what I could expect from hearing aids. I have visited other audiologists with poorer results. I will be returning to Los Gatos Audiology.

- B. Naden
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I’ve been a patient of Los Gatos Audiology for several years and am on my second set of hearing aids that have been prescribed here. The staff is always friendly and helpful. Dr. Christine Throm is the best. She’s always takes time to understand any aspect of my personal hearing issues to provide the best care for me. I simply wouldn’t go anywhere else.

- Carl Borbons
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*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Los Gatos Audiology. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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15899 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd. Suite 8
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408.652.8455

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Monday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Our Los Gatos
Audiology Office
15899 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd. Suite 8
Los Gatos, CA 95032

408.652.8455

Office Hours:
Monday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

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