Hearing

Good hearing is a major challenge for maintaining high quality of life as people grow older. Hearing is important for appropriate responses to everyday happenings and for participating in conversations and social gatherings. Poor hearing is frustrating and isolating for people. Hearing loss can happen for a variety of reasons. Simply aging is one of those reasons. Hearing loss is accelerated by chronic exposure to loud noises through a job. Some medical conditions result in hearing loss. A hearing evaluation and diagnosis is the first step in helping to address hearing problems. Once a diagnosis is made, there are a variety of tools and technologies that can help, ranging from hearing aids and implants to assistive listening devices.

(207) 561-6512

849 Stillwater Avenue, Bangor, ME, United States

Services:  Comprehensive hearing evaluations at Beltone include an assessment that provides information about: what you are having difficulty hearing, whether there is blockage or ear wax that could be contributing to the problem, a comprehensive audiometric hearing test that measures hearing at different sound levels, and understanding of speech in diverse listening environments.  The professional will demonstrate the effect of correcting your hearing with recent hearing aid technology.

(207) 581-2009

University of Maine, Orono, ME, United States

Services: 

Audiology services include:

  • Hearing screenings,
  • Full audiological evaluations, including assessment of middle ear function, and
  • Recommendations and suggestions for communication improvement, hearing aid options, and assistive listening devices.

 

Hearing aid services include:

  • Hearing aid dispensing, evaluation and fitting, modification and repair, and consultation, and
  • Options for conventional hearing aids, multi-memory hearing aids, and digital/programmable aids.

(207) 623-6799

Services:  The Department of Labor serves persons who are deaf, late deafened, or hard of hearing.  The department publishes a resource guide and a newsletter, provides information, referral, advocacy.  The Department also offers Certification of Hearing Dogs, and a promotes accessibility.  The Department of Labor can advise about vocational rehabilitation for deaf or hearing impaired people.

Voice/TTY: (207) 797-7656; Video: (207) 766-7111

68 Bishop St, Portland, ME 04103, United States

Services:  MCD helps qualified individuals obtain emergency alert notification equipment and other telecommunications equipment, deaf-blind equipment, and hearing aids.   A statewide communications directory is published annually and includes a list of TTY users and TTY access numbers for public and private agencies.  They also have peer support groups and visual-gestural communications training.