Hearing Aids Clinic in Los Angeles

House Ear Clinic grew from a one-man practice established by Howard P. House, M.D. After completing his residency training in 1938, he traveled throughout the United States and Europe, visiting renowned physicians and learning the latest treatments for patients with eye, ear, nose and throat (EENT) problems. In 1939, Howard began to practice EENT at the Moore-White Clinic in Los Angeles.
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Four years later, he opened his own office and limited his practice to ear, nose and throat disorders. By this time his interest was focused on the area of ear surgery and he was one of the first ear surgeons to perform the fenestration surgery, an operation to restore hearing. By 1947 he was performing so many hearing restoration surgeries that he limited his practice even further and concentrated on the treatment of ear-related problems only. In 1956 his brother, William F. House, M.D., joined him in practice. By 1958 two additional ear surgeons, James Sheehy, M.D., and Fred Linthicum, M.D., had joined Howard and William House to form the Otologic Medical Group. They soon outgrew their rented offices and built a new medical building to accommodate their rapidly growing group.

By this time, the practice of ear surgery had advanced to the point where patients with hearing loss due to otosclerosis or chronic infections could have their hearing surgically restored. Other advances by the group included reducing the mortality rate of patients undergoing acoustic neuroma surgery from 40 percent to near 0 percent and developing treatments for patients with vertigo resulting from Meniere’s disease and other causes. The physicians, together with House Ear Institute scientists, also developed and perfected the cochlear implant and auditory brain stem implant for patients who are totally deaf.

In 1990, the practice moved into a new facility and changed its name from the Otologic Medical Group to the House Ear Clinic. Today the practice consists of eight ear specialists, six of whom perform surgeries, and two neurosurgeons. One associate specializes in dizziness and one in allergic diseases of the ear.

At the end of 2016, House Clinic merged with Providence Health & Services, renaming their hearing aid dispensing clinics House Providence Hearing Health Centers.


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If you are experiencing hearing loss, odds are good that you’ll benefit from a hearing aid. But choosing the right one is no simple task. Today’s hearing aids are smaller and more feature-packed than their predecessors, offering an array of options. Narrowing the choices down can be tough but there are a few important things you should take into consideration before choosing a hearing aid.

First, you’ll need to have a hearing healthcare provider assess your hearing loss. Severity is measured in degrees, based upon your hearing loss range in decibels. It ranges from normal (-10 to 15 dB) to profound (91+ dB), with a total of seven different degrees.

What is the Frequency of Your Hearing Loss?

Equally important is the frequency of your hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss resulting from damage to the outer or middle ear affects low frequency sounds, while sensorineural hearing loss, in which damage occurs to the inner ear, results in a loss of high frequency sounds. You’ll need to choose a hearing aid that targets the frequencies you have trouble comprehending.

What Features and Functionality Do You Need?

Functionality is an important consideration. With so many available features, you’ll need to decide which ones matter most to you. Popular features include directional microphones, feedback suppression, amplifiers, digital noise reduction, wax guards, automatic volume control and Bluetooth® connectivity. Extra features cost money, so speak with your hearing healthcare provider to get an idea about the pros and cons of these features.

What Kind of Lifestyle Do You Lead?

You’ll also have to take into account your lifestyle needs. Whether you enjoy quiet, intimate gatherings with a few close friends or an active outdoors lifestyle that includes a lot of background noise, there is a hearing aid designed specifically for your activity level.

How Do You Want to Look?

Cosmetic preference is a key factor in choosing a hearing aid. Since you’ll be wearing it every day, it’s got to not only feel good but appeal to your confidence. Hearing aids are available in a variety of sizes and styles, some visible while others are implanted deep within the ear canal, rendering them virtually undetectable. Many are custom-molded to fit each individual’s ears.

What is Your Budget?

Finally, there is cost. Hearing aids can range in price from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars apiece. Price will be a factor, but be sure to consider your specific hearing needs when making this decision. Investing in a cheap hearing aid that is ineffective is a waste of money; conversely, you don’t want to overspend on features that won’t benefit you. Your hearing healthcare provider can offer suggestions that will point you in the right direction.


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Choosing a Hearing Aid Style

Hearing aid styles have improved greatly with the advent of digital technology. If you’re picturing big and bulky devices with questionable sound quality, you’ll be pleased to learn today’s instruments are smaller, more comfortable and provide sound that is more natural. They are available in a variety of sizes and styles, so finding one that appeals to your lifestyle needs and cosmetic preferences should be easy. Here are the styles available:

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Behind-the-Ear (BTE):

The most popular style of hearing aid (about 60 percent of users choose this type), a BTE hearing aid is curved to match the contour of the ear and rests directly behind the ear. The housing, which contains all the electronics, is encased in plastic and connects to the ear canal with a thin, clear tube or ear mold. Though more visible than other styles, the BTE is simple to use, making it a popular choice for children. It’s powerful enough for all types of hearing loss.

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Open Fit:

The Open Fit hearing aid is a smaller version of the BTE. Like that device, it rests behind the ear and includes a transparent tube that delivers sound to the ear canal through a very small earpiece. Because the ear canal is left unobstructed, there is less occlusion with this style, and the smaller size appeals to many adults. Prone to low frequency noise leakage, this style is best for mild to moderate hearing loss in high frequency ranges only.

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Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC):

The CIC hearing aid is placed in the ear canal and is the smallest available. It takes advantage of the ear’s natural ability to collect sound, and its discreet size makes the device virtually invisible to others. The trade-off is a shorter battery life, and it may prove difficult to adjust for those with poor manual dexterity. This is a good choice for mild to moderate hearing loss.

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In-the-Canal (ITC):

The ITC hearing aid is also designed to fit in the ear canal, but not as deeply as a CIC device, resting securely in the lower portion instead. It’s a little larger, making it easier to insert and remove and extending the battery life. For patients with mild to moderate hearing loss.

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In-the-Ear (ITE):

The ITE hearing aid is designed to fill the outer portion of the ear, and is larger than those worn in the ear canals. It is less discreet, but the size allows for more features and makes the unit easier to adjust. A bigger battery translates to longer life and means those with severe or profound hearing loss can benefit from this style.

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Receiver-in-the-Canal (RITC):

A RITC hearing aid consists of a tiny housing containing all electronics except the receiver, which is positioned behind the ear. A thin tube connects the housing to the receiver, which is worn in the concha (bowl-shaped portion) of the ear. It’s a small and discreet unit but powerful enough for treating mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

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Extended Wear Hearing Aids:

A recent innovation in hearing aids is the development of extended wear devices. These are placed deep in the ear canal and designed to stay in place for anywhere from 1-4 months at a time without removal. Because they are positioned so close to the eardrum, extended wear hearing aids offer improved sound directionality and reduced feedback, and their design prevents damage from moisture and earwax. These are particular appealing to those with active lifestyles and can be worn while showering, exercising and sleeping. They are completely invisible to others. Despite these advantages, they may not fit all ears, and cause some discomfort for certain patients. Designed for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.


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Lyric™ – Extended Wear Hearing Aid

Lyric is the world’s first extended wear hearing aid and is meant to be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for up to four months at a time. It is sold on a subscription basis; when the built-in battery is exhausted, a Lyric-trained hearing healthcare provider or hearing professional will fit you with a new device during a simple in-office procedure.

Lyric is placed deep in the ear canal, a mere 4mm from the eardrum, and remains in place while you take part in your regular routine. It is safe to wear during all your normal activities including showering, exercising, sleeping and talking on the phone and is completely invisible to others.

How Does Lyric Work?

Lyric works by relying on the outer ear’s natural anatomy to direct sound to the device, which is then amplified and sent to the eardrum. This allows for improved directionality and localization (the ability to tell where sounds are coming from) and sound that is clear and natural. Its deep placement minimizes the occlusion effect and reduces feedback. A special coating technology protects the device from moisture and earwax. Lyric devices fit securely and comfortably and won’t slip around thanks to soft foam seals that conform to the contours of the ear canal. 94 percent of Lyric users rate the comfort as better than their previous hearing aids, and 86 percent report “very natural” sound quality.

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In every aspect, Lyric is a no-nonsense, hassle-free hearing aid. There are no batteries to replace or programming to worry about and no cleaning or maintenance is required.

Lyric may not be perfect for everybody. It is best for those with mild to moderately severe hearing loss. If you are interested in learning more about whether Lyric will work for you, contact House Clinic today for a hearing evaluation. Our hearing healthcare providers will either prescribe the device to you or recommend an alternate hearing aid.


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Hearing Aid Accessories

Hearing aids aren’t just available in a wide range of sizes and styles: nowadays, they can also accommodate a variety of accessories. Deciding which, if any, will benefit you can be tricky. You may want to speak with a hearing healthcare provider at House Clinic to learn more about any particular product.

Some of the More Popular Hearing Aid Accessories Include:

  • Wireless accessories

    Utilizing Bluetooth® technology, wireless accessories enable you to hear better in situations where there is a lot of background noise or distance between you and the speaker. These include wireless microphones, remotes and television headsets.

  • Transmitters and receivers

    These are helpful in educational situations (a teacher’s words are transmitted directly into the student’s ears) and for children. Transmitters and receivers work together to overcome background noise, distance and reverberation, and contribute to a better learning experience.

  • Power adaptors and cords

    These add versatility by allowing direct input from various audio sources (FM systems, MP3 players, TVs, and computers). Available with both monaural and binaural cords.

  • Assistive Listening Devices/Personal Amplifiers

    A microphone placed close to the speaker amplifies the sound that reaches your ears, giving your hearing aids a boost. Excellent for lectures, church service, theaters and television.

  • Earwax filters

    Filters prevent earwax, a leading cause of damage to electronic components, from entering the hearing aid. This helps prolong the life of the instrument and provides you with clear, natural sound.

  • Cleaning kits

    Keeping your hearing aids clean can result in a longer life for your instruments. Cleaning kits give you a leg up on keeping your device in prime working condition. They typically include a wax removal brush and pick, a tube and vent cleaner, battery door opener and battery replacement magnet.

  • Batteries

    It’s wise to have extra batteries on hand in case your current ones die in the middle of an important listening situation. Especially helpful when you’re traveling.


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Hearing Aid Batteries

Without batteries, your hearing aids would be unable to function. To keep your devices running as smoothly as possible without interruption, there are a few things to know about hearing aid batteries. We’ve put together some common questions and answers that should help you get the most from your hearing aid batteries.

What Kinds of Batteries Do Hearing Aids Use?

Most hearing aids use disposable zinc-air batteries that are color- and number-coded for easy replacement. The type of battery needed depends on the style and size of your hearing aids and includes: 5 (red), 10 (yellow), 13 (orange), 312 (brown) and 675 (blue).

Most drugstores carry replacement batteries; they can also be purchased from your hearing healthcare provider at House Clinic or ordered online.

How Do Zinc-air Batteries Differ From Other Battery Types?

Zinc-air batteries require oxygen to produce power. They come with a protective seal on the back; once this is removed, oxygen enters through tiny holes to activate them. You should wait at least a minute before inserting your batteries to ensure they have absorbed enough oxygen in order to work properly.

How Long Will Hearing Aid Batteries Last?

On average, batteries last 5-7 days depending on the size and style of your hearing aids, your degree of hearing loss, the amount of time your hearing aids are used and your listening environment.

How Will I Know When It’s Time to Change the Batteries?

Obviously if there is no sound coming through your hearing aids, your first suspicion should be a dead battery. Other signs include sound that is distorted or unclear and unusually low volume levels. Some hearing aids are designed to produce an audible tone warning you when batteries are low.

Are There Steps I Can Take to Extend Battery Life?

Store your batteries at room temperature and avoid exposing them to moist or humid environments. This includes the refrigerator – despite what you may have heard, this is not a good place to keep your batteries as temperature extremes and condensation can shorten their life. Keep batteries away from keys, coins and other metal objects that can cause them to short circuit or discharge. When removing your hearing aids, turn them off and open the battery compartment door to prevent excess moisture and battery drain.

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Hearing Aid Care

Hearing aids are a major investment, and you’ll want to get the most out of them that you can. Regular maintenance can help extend their life, and is a must considering the conditions they are exposed to on a regular basis. Moisture, heat, earwax and dirt can all damage electronic components unless cleaned properly.

Routine Maintenance Procedures

Ideally, your hearing aids should be cleaned on a daily basis. Use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe all surfaces. Do not use water, solvents, cleaning fluids or alcohol, as moisture can damage your devices. Don’t overlook the microphone inlet, which can become clogged with debris, and the battery contacts, which attract dust and dirt.

Most hearing health care providers sell a multi-tool, a versatile cleaning tool that consists of a wire loop, magnet and brush. This is useful for removing wax and dirt from hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in your hearing aids, and the magnet aids in battery removal. If a multi-tool is not available, you can usually buy each component separately.

Be sure to apply hairspray and facial lotions before inserting your hearing aids. The same applies to face washing.

Troubleshooting Tips

Despite your best efforts, your hearing aids might still cease functioning normally on occasion. Before taking them in for repair, there are steps you can take at home that might resolve the problem.

  • If there is feedback or whistling when your hearing aids are inserted, the devices might have been inserted improperly. Try removing and reinserting to see if that solves the problem. If not, earwax might have accumulated and clogged the ports; clean them thoroughly with your multi-tool or wax pick.
  • If the sound is distorted or unclear, your battery or contacts might be dirty or corroded. Try cleaning the battery surfaces or replacing the battery. Sometimes merely opening and closing the battery compartment door will help. Make sure your device hasn’t inadvertently been switched to T-coil mode.
  • If there is no sound at all, make sure the battery isn’t dead. Check for a clogged microphone or sound outlet, or try changing the wax filter.

If these tips do not solve your problem, you’ll have to take your hearing aids in for repair. Cost will depend on what is damaged, which replacement parts are needed and whether your device is still under warranty.


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Hearing Aid Repairs

Hearing aids are built to provide many years of useful service. However, regular exposure to a harsh environment means they will occasionally encounter problems. No matter how fastidious you are when it comes to hygiene, the ear canals inevitably attract dirt, moisture and earwax buildup – all of which can wreak havoc with the electronic components in your hearing aids.

Regular maintenance of hearing aids can help keep them in great working condition, but once in a while, they may need servicing or repair. House Clinic can help. If you have tried the troubleshooting tips below and still can’t get your hearing aids to work properly, please contact us to schedule an evaluation.

Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aids

If your hearing aids aren’t working properly, try the following techniques for a quick fix.

If there is no sound:

  • Make sure the battery is inserted correctly
  • Replace the battery if you suspect it is dead or weak
  • Remove excess earwax from earmold or replace wax guard
  • Check tubing for wax buildup or moisture; clean with blower tool
  • Make sure hearing aid isn’t accidentally set to telecoil mode

If you are experiencing feedback or whistling:

  • Remove and reinsert your hearing aids
  • Turn down the volume
  • Make sure there is nothing blocking or covering your hearing aids
  • Have your doctor check your ears for excess wax and remove if necessary

If the sound is weak or distorted:

  • The battery may be dead or weak; replace it
  • Open the battery compartment and clean the contacts with a dry cloth
  • Clean the earmold or tubing with wax removal tools; replace wax guard

What Can I Expect to Pay for a Hearing Aid Repair?

The cost of having your hearing aids repaired depends on a number of factors. We must determine the following:

  • Whether your hearing aids are under warranty (basic or extended)
  • The extent of damage
  • The price of replacement parts
  • Labor charges

If your hearing aids are still under warranty and were purchased from House Clinic, repair costs will be nominal or free. If the warranty has expired, we’ll need to assess the level of damage before providing you with an estimate.

Depending on the cost of repairs, you might be better off investing in a new pair of hearing aids in certain cases. If your current aids are more than five years old, consider an upgrade – technological advances mean today’s digital devices are more powerful and come packed with features for improved sound quality compared with those that are a few years older. Likewise, if the damage is extensive or your hearing aids have already been repaired in the past, it may not be worth paying more money when you can purchase a brand new pair of hearing aids that should last you another 5-7 years or longer.

The expert staff at House Clinic is happy to evaluate your hearing aids and help you decide whether having them repaired makes the most financial sense. We service all makes and models and are here to provide you with assistance. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more.


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Hearing Aid Dispensing

One-type-fits-all hearing aids are a thing of the past. Today’s hearing aids are dynamic in fit, style, size, shape and function. Different types of hearing aids offer wearers different features and benefits. Because the world of hearing aids has become so diverse, getting your hearing aids from a hearing aids expert is vital to ensuring you’re enjoying the full benefits of your devices.

House Clinic is a licensed dispenser of hearing aids and accessories, allowing our patients to get a complete range of hearing services within our modern specialty hearing center. Once your hearing loss has been assessed and diagnosed, you will work with your hearing healthcare provider to choose the perfect pair of hearing devices for your needs. Once you’ve determined which hearing aids are right for you, it is time to order your devices, which will be custom created for your ears.

Benefits of Getting Hearing Aids From a Hearing Aid Expert

  1. Expert Knowledge

      • Choosing the best hearing aid isn’t as easy as selecting a product from a list. Only a professional hearing healthcare provider has the breadth and depth of knowledge to help you select your ideal pair of hearing devices. The hearing healthcare providers at House Clinic are here to help you during every step of the hearing aid selection process.
  2. Counseling Services

      • For most people, adjusting to life with hearing aids doesn’t happen overnight. Since the process of adapting to hearing aids can be challenging, counseling services are an important part of adapting to life with hearing devices. Our expert staff understands what you’re going through and is here to help you learn about life with hearing aids so you can acclimate to your devices comfortably.
  3. Careful Fitting

      • Your new hearing aids will be custom fitted to your ear; however, adjustments are still necessary for optimal hearing device performance. If you buy hearing aids directly from the professionals at House Clinic, you can expect careful and continuous care throughout the entire fitting and follow-up process.
  4. Precise Adjustments

      • As you adapt to life with hearing aids, you will need to adjust your devices occasionally in order to keep your hearing aids working their best. To keep up with maintenance and adjustments within the days, weeks, months and even years after you get hearing devices, you will need the expert help of our audiology staff.
  5. Accessory Assistance

    • Today’s hearing aid technology is phenomenal, but it’s still necessary to pair your hearing devices with hearing aid accessories to be able to listen clearly in certain situations. When you get your hearing aids with the help of our hearing clinic, you will also learn more about which accessories may pair well with your devices to improve your hearing in large groups, noisy restaurants, movie theaters and other challenging locations.

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Traveling with Hearings Aids

Traveling with hearing loss and/or with hearing aids can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some travel tips to make your trip easier.

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    • Before you go, there are arrangements you can make to make traveling with hearing loss easier. In fact, making as many travel arrangements in advance as possible can make a big difference, because communicating with hearing loss can be difficult. Meeting with a travel agent can help because it will be easier to communicate with them in person, and they can contact airlines, hotels and attractions to make necessary reservations. Always get written confirmation and bring it with you.
    • Transportation can also be difficult if you’re traveling with hearing loss. You may miss announcements in the airport, train station or bus station. It’s best to tell the ticket representative that you are hearing impaired and ask to be notified personally when it’s time to board. Also, inform the flight attendant that you are hearing impaired and request that in-flight announcements be made to you in person.
    • Lodging should be reserved in advanced, but bring a copy of your reservation with dates and prices to help you communicate with the front desk. Also, tell them that you are hearing impaired. This is very important for emergency situations. Some hotels provide visual alert devices to help hearing impaired guests recognize a telephone ringing, knock on the door or a fire/emergency alarm. Let them know when you are reserving your stay that you are hearing-impaired to make necessary arrangements for additions such as visual alert devices.

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    • Activities are often the best part of traveling, but can be difficult if you’re hearing impaired. You may want to bring assistive listening devices with you or confirm they are available at attractions before you go. FM listening systems can provide direct amplifications in large areas using a radio frequency. This can be helpful for lectures, tours and other attractions. There are also portable TV band radios that can be tuned to compatible TV channels and listened to through an earphone. Check with the attractions to see if they offer anything for hearing impaired guests or speak with your hearing healthcare provider about items you may want to bring.

  • Hearing aids should be easy to travel with if you follow some simple tips. First, be sure to pack all the cleaning and repair items you need for daily use including plenty of batteries. You may also want to bring a dehumidifier, especially if you are traveling to a warm, humid climate. Don’t pack your hearing aids in checked luggage in case your luggage is misplaced. Remember too that the security scanners shouldn’t harm your hearing aids. You should be able to leave them in during the security check, but you should let security know that you are hearing impaired.


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