Experience our new, cloud-based hearing program
Grand Opening Event
November 6th – November 13th
A new program without participants is no fun. So we’re holding a launch event to (hopefully) start things off with a bang.
Following a quick hearing threshold test, we’ll setup a pair of cloud-compatible devices for you to experience in the office. If you like what you hear, you can purchase the devices and go home with them that same day. hearAnywhere then allows you to request and receive fine-tuning adjustments from home.
There’s no sales pressure either. We’re local doctors of audiology and a preceptor site for Towson University’s doctoral program. If you don’t like what you hear, and you decide that you don’t want to proceed with the hearAnywhere program, that’s ok!
And yes… we’re willing to bribe.
We aren’t the kind of practice that gives away free turkeys with hearing aids. During this launch event, each participant who purchases new hearing aids (as part of this new program) will receive their choice of a compatible wireless device to use with their new hearing aids – for free.
- TV streamer – hear TV sound directly through your hearing aids
- Mini-mic – a lapel mic that acts as an extension to your hearing aids
- Multi-mic – like the mini-mic, but a little bigger – also turns your hearing aids into wireless headphones
- Bluetooth phone clip – clip it on and use your hearing aids to talk on your cell phone hands-free
- 16GB iPod touch® – for those who don’t already have a compatible smartphone, we’ll purchase a device for you. This one is just like an iPhone®, but without the phone part (so no monthly fees)
Each device costs us between $179 and $350. But you’re worth it – and we really want to start getting people into this new program.
Call us at (410) 569-5999 to enroll
It’s 100% risk-free with a 90-day return period
Questions & Answers
hearAnywhere is what we call our cloud-based hearing aid program. It’s an alternative to the traditional process of acquiring and adjusting hearing aids. There are numerous components to the program, but they each focus on leveraging available technology to allow you to spend less time in an audiologist’s office – and more time with those you love. Among other things, it enables you to request and receive adjustments to your hearing aids from home.
We didn’t invent any groundbreaking technologies for hearAnywhere. Most of the hard work was putting together existing technologies in a way that gets the job done. For example, hearing aids that can be adjusted through the internet are not exclusive to our office. Users of these hearing aids can use an app to request simple adjustments to their hearing aids remotely. We’ve built on top of that technology to handle more complex adjustment requests, enable faster responses, provide appropriate information when needed, and automate much of the process using bots and “machine learning”.
Cloud-compatible hearing aids don’t cost any more than regular hearing aids with comparable technology. Hearing aids and programming services through our office cost between $1300 and $2800 per ear. Cloud-compatible hearing aids purchased through hearAnywhere cost between $1700 and $2800 per ear, including programming services and follow-up through the first year.
If real-ear measurements are so important, how can you accurately adjust my hearing aids without me even being in the office?
It’s true that we’ve been vocal advocates of using real-ear probe mic measurements when programming hearing aids. This hasn’t changed. Everyone’s ears are shaped differently, and these differences affect the sound that reaches the eardrum. The only way to accurately program hearing aids is to actually measure the output sound by placing a microphone near the eardrum. Admittedly, this is impossible to do while making adjustments to someone’s hearing aid remotely.
However… we can use probe mics to make an “acoustic map” of the ear when you’re initially fit with the hearing aids. That acoustic map can then be used (with or without your presence) to simulate real ear measurements while adjusting your hearing aids. Research shows that this method is very accurate, and it’s been used to make accurate adjustments to the hearing aids of squirmy infants and restless children for years.
Participating in our hearAnywhere program doesn’t limit you at all. It’s designed to minimize the amount of time you have to spend in the audiologist’s office. But you’re just as welcome to visit us as all of our other patients. If you decide that self-direct, cloud-based follow-up isn’t for you, no problem. We can easily switch over to a more traditional follow-up process.
Insurances don’t care if your hearing aid is cloud-compatible or not. Although hearing aid coverage is rare (outside of government employees), if your insurance includes a hearing aid benefit – that benefit can be applied through the hearAnywhere programmed in exactly the same way it would normally be applied.
The only exception would be when an insurance company requires their members to purchase their hearing aids through a specific 3rd party to use their benefit. In these rare cases, we’re limited to working with the hearing aid models offered by the 3rd party, and we have to follow their prescribed follow-up procedures.
Molly B. Day, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Katherine A. Duffy, B.A.
Doctor of Audiology
Matt Perry, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Call Us at (410) 569-5999 to Reserve Your Spot
We love technology. And when you visit our office, it’s obvious. It’s in the hearing aids we work with, the diagnostic equipment we use, and the multimedia equipment we use to review your test results and demonstrate hearing aids. We even have our own proprietary software systems that we’ve created to efficiently manage patient records and improve the patient experience.
“I’ve been wearing hearing aids since the 1980’s, and I’ve been to countless hearing aid clinics. I have never had my hearing aids programmed as well as they did at Harmony Hearing. The equipment they used to program my hearing aids was unlike any I’ve ever seen. I came to them with hearing aids I had purchased earlier from another clinic. After they reprogrammed them, they are like a whole new pair of hearing aids. What a Difference!”
John K. – Baltimore, MD – 21234
The diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss is a science. As such, countless scientific articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals showing clinicians the best way to practice – if they want the best possible outcomes for their patients.
Unfortunately, many hearing clinicians ignore the scientific research.
If a cardiologist ignored the research, people would die, and they’d lose their license. But if a hearing clinician ignores the research, no one dies. People just walk around not hearing life as well as they possibly could – having no idea that things could be so much better.
If you want the best possible hearing healthcare, and we assume you do, you need to work with a facility and team that practices research-proven, evidence-based audiology.
We Use Real Ear Measurements
In-situ, probe mic, real ear measurements are used to determine frequency-specific amplification amounts when programming and adjusting hearing aids. Because everyone’s ear is shaped differently, the amount of sound that actually reaches the eardrum differs from person to person. For example, considering two people with the exact same hearing aids and the exact same hearing loss, a 6’6″ man with large ears is probably going to require more amplification from a hearing aid compared to a 5’1″ woman with tiny ears. Although the hearing aid software displays how much sound is being pumped out of the hearing aid, what really matters is how much sound actually reaches the eardrum, and the only way to know that is to perform real ear measurements.
Only 30% of hearing clinicians routinely perform real ear measurements. (Mueller, 2014)
We Don’t Rely on Default Hearing Aid Settings
When a hearing aid is initially programmed, they are adjusted according to the patient’s hearing test results by the manufacturer’s software. These default settings are known as the manufacturer’s “first fit”. But manufacturer “first fits” often emphasize comfort over clarity, and there is almost always room for improvement – if the clinician knows what kind of adjustments need to be made (using real ear measurements). Many clinicians rely on the manufacturer’s default settings, but studies show that only about 12% of the time does the sound delivered to the eardrum match the prescription for the patient. Hearing aid programming decisions need to be based on real ear measurement, patient feedback, and clinician experience – not manufacturer preferences.