Audiology services we offer at our Phoenix Clinic.

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Hearing Aids & Hearing Aid Fittings

We offer hearing aids from all major brands and fit them using Audiology Best Practices.

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Comprehensive Hearing Tests

We offer very thorough hearing examinations to help uncover how best to help you.

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Hearing Aid Reprogramming

We specialize in hearing aid fittings and re-programmings of most major brands.

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Safe & Effective Earwax Cleaning

Have earwax? Get your earwax cleaned in a safe and professional environment.

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Meet your local Audiologists.

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Audiologists Dr. Olson, Dr. Balderas and Dr. Cook are each committed to providing the highest quality of care by combining their extensive knowledge in industry Best Practices, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and focusing on Patient Centered Care to ensure successful patient outcomes.

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Dr. Cliff Olson
Dr. Leslie Balderas
Dr. Rachael Cook
"Dr. Olson and his staff are fantastic!  The treatment that he prescribed with the new hearing devices has completely changed my life."

What our patients are saying about us.

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"We highly recommend Applied Hearing Solutions! Great people with great skill. The hearing aids we purchased for my husband are wonderful. They even connect to our TV through Bluetooth (which has made all the difference in the world) and to his phone; an added advantage! Dr. Olson explains the technology so well and is always there to help. This is especially great for those of us who aren’t  aren’t techies:). If you need help with your hearing, contact Dr. Olson. You will not be disappointed."

Review on Google

“Let me say right at start that Dr Cliff is a great audiologist and a great person who is really concerned about the hard of hearing community improving their life experience. I look forward to my appointments because it's actually fun and enlightening, If you are anywhere near Phoenix make an appointment!"

Review on Hearing Tracker

"I couldn't be happier that my doctor referred me to Applied Hearing Solutions to address my hearing loss.  Dr. Bryce Altus and staff are very professional and use state-of-the-art technology to ensure each patient receives the best hearing solution to address their individual circumstances.   Dr. Altus took great care to fine tune my hearing aid settings and taught me how to get the best results.  My device is a game changer, especially in social settings."

Review on Google

"I searched for the best audiologists around. It didn't take long to see that Applied Hearing was the top rated place, and now I know why. Dr. Altus patiently and thoroughly brought me up to date on options and fine tuned my new aids to the point I'm now hearing better than anyone around me! Voices all of a sudden are clear and "what" or "huh" are rarely heard in this house anymore...There have been dramatic improvements and the audiologists at Applied Hearing gave me the best best possible hearing experience."

Review on Yelp

"Dr. Olson has been my audiologist for a couple of years now. Even though I must drive 2-3 hours one way to see him, it's worth the trip. His care for me as a patient is superlative. His response when I have problems is, to be honest, completely off of the chart!"

Review on Google

"Before seeing Dr. Cliff Olson I had been to several audiologists with minimal success.  With the hearing aids I received from them I rarely wore them as I felt they didn't provide any improvement in my hearing.  After the first visit with Dr. Olson and with him using best practices I immediately noticed the improvement in my hearing with the new hearing aids I received.  I started to hear sounds that I hadn't heard in years."

Review on Google

I found Dr.Cliff via a web search for top rated audiologists in the Phoenix area and was thoroughly impressed by his reviews and watched many of his YouTube videos before deciding I needed to make an appointment with him...My first appointment and test was 90 minutes long and seriously the most comprehensive evaluation I've ever had done on my hearing. I'd never had any hearing professional spend so much time with me or perform a Real Ear Measurement test.

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Frequently asked questions

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Does your practice staff Audiologists or Hearing Instrument Specialists
What should I expect during a hearing test?

#1. Otoscopy - Basically looking in your ear to make sure there is no wax or other problems preventing sound from entering your ear.

#2. Air Conduction Testing - Usually while wearing Headphones or Insert Earphones, this is where an Audiologist will  play you "beeps" to see if you can hear them.  They are trying to find out the softest sound you can hear.

#3. Bone Conduction Testing - This is where we send sound into your ear by vibrating  your skull.  This will help the Audiologist identify the part of your ear that is causing a hearing loss, if you have a hearing loss at all.  

#4. Speech Recognition Testing - This is where you repeat words until the audiologist finds the softest level of speech that you can hear.

#5. Word Recognition Score - This is where you repeat words at an audible level and the audiologist determines how accurate you can understand them.  They may need to be amplified if you have a hearing loss.

If you haven't had a hearing test in the past 5 years, you should.  Find an Audiologist near you to see how well YOU hear.

Watch Dr. Cliff's video on hearing tests
What hearing aid brands do you offer?

As an independently owned and operated audiology clinic, we have the flexibility to recommend devices from any manufacturer. Consequently, we routinely recommend hearing aids from any of the leading manufacturers depending on the best interest of the patient. Before recommending a device, we take into account each patient's unique situation and hearing loss. Phonak, Widex, Signia, Oticon, Resound and other options are available at Applied Hearing Solutions in Phoenix.

What happens during a hearing aid fitting?

#1. Subjective Questionnaire - Pre and Post questionnaires are a great way to determine how much success you are having with your hearing aids in your natural environments.

#2. Physical Fit of your Hearing Aids - Get this part wrong and nothing else matters.  Fit affects more than comfort.  It can dictate how well a hearing aid can be programmed and functions.  

#3. Real Ear Measures - REMs are the only way to ensure proper programming of your hearing aids.  Watch my Real Ear Measurement Video in the next FAQ.

#4. How to use your new hearing aids - It would probably be a good idea if you knew how to put them in your ears and turn them on.

#5. Realistic Expectations - Getting used to hearing aids takes time, and it isn't always easy.  There will be some sounds that you hate, but it will get better.  Your hearing care provider should discuss these with you so you know what to expect.

Watch Dr. Cliff's video on hearing aid fittings
What are Real Ear Measurements (REMs)?

Real Ear Measures, or Real Ear Verification, is the only way to ensure your hearing aids are fit appropriately. Real Ear Measurement is the gold standard method of verifying these hearing aid prescriptions. With this process, your hearing care provider will place probe microphone tubes inside of your ear canals along with the hearing aids that they are programming. These microphone tubes will record the level of amplification coming out of the hearing aids. By playing a known calibrated signal from a loud speaker in front of you, we can measure to see if the amplification coming out of the hearing aids is meeting your prescriptive targets.

Watch Dr. Cliff's video on Real Ear Measurements
Once I have hearing aids, is follow-up care necessary?

There are 4 main reasons why you should be seeing your hearing care professional no less than 2 times per year.

1) Most people produce significant amounts of earwax and this earwax can block your ear canals and stop sound from your hearing aids which can limit your benefit.

2) Hearing aids are precision medical devices that are not intended to go for long periods of time without maintenance and proper cleaning.

3) Your hearing aids will eventually malfunction. Your hearing care professional can perform Electroacoustic Analysis (EAA) to ensure that your devices are performing up to specs.

4) Your hearing can change.  -  Just because your hearing loss was at one level last year, doesn't mean that it hasn't changed since then. If your prescription has changed, then your hearing aids need to be reprogrammed.

Watch Dr. Cliff's video on hearing aid follow-up care
How long do hearing aids last?

You can't determine how long hearing aids will work based on how many years you've had them.  However, you can make a logical decision on when the time is right based on the following 5 KEY FACTORS:

1. Are your hearing aids capable of handling your hearing loss? - Hearing losses can change.  Whether this is gradual or sudden, if you don't have a hearing aid capable of providing you will the level of amplification you need, you will need new hearing aids.

2. Will Insurance cover the cost? - Despite popular belief, more insurances are covering a portion of hearing aid costs.  Some cover a significant portion of new hearing aids every few years.

3. Warranty & Repair costs - Most hearing aids come with a 1-3 year warranty.  You can continue to extend the warranty, but this can get expensive.  However, paying repair costs can be expensive if you are out of warranty.  The last thing you want to do is pay high warranty &  repair costs for old hearing aids when you could put that towards a new set.

4. Technology Improvements - Technology is continuously improving.  When there is a new feature that will have a massive improvement on your ability to hear, it makes sense to consider it.  When the made for iPhone technology was introduced, it dramatically improved hearing on the phone and music.  When the Oticon OPN came out, it changed how well people could hear in background noise.  To maximize the benefits of new technology, you need to make sure you have real ear measures performed.  

5Are you still in a service plan? - If you pre-paid for service in a "bundled" model of care, you don't want to purchase new hearing aids until you've exhausted your service plan.   For instance, if you paid $8,000 for hearing aids and are promised 5 years of service, you shouldn't purchase new hearing aids sooner than 5 years.  To avoid this issue, purchase your hearing aids "un-bundled" so you never over pay for service costs.

Watch Dr. Cliff's video on how long hearing aids last

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