Free hearing test kiosks available at local pharmacies

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Photo by Jason Miller/Coborn Pharmacy

Photo by Jason Miller/Coborn Pharmacy

NEW HEARING TEST STATIONS IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA

I recently spoke with Jason Miller, Director of Clinical Pharmacy at Coborn’s Pharmacy, about the new free hearing check kiosks that are available at select locations in the St. Cloud area.

Kiosks are free and are now available at Coborn’s on Pinecone Road in Sartell, as well as Ramsey.

HOW HEARING TEST KIOSKS WORK

The Kiosk software has the ability to diagnose the level of hearing loss a person is suffering from and the type of loss they are suffering from. If the test shows you have a hearing loss they will either refer you to a professional (if you have a significant loss detected) or if less severe they will offer you hearing aid products at an incredibly affordable for obtaining hearing aids, which are significantly lower than what you would receive from a professional.

There are several types of devices on offer, including headphones, low-end personal sound amplifiers, as well as high-end Bluetooth app-controlled hearing aids. The price range can range from $500 to $1,500, compared to possibly $6,000 for hearing aids from a professional.

HOW COMMON IS HEARING LOSS?

Jason informed me that hearing loss is the 3rd most common health problem after heart disease and arthritis, and most people wait 5-7 years before seeking help for hearing loss.

Hearing is not just a function of the ear, but also a function of the brain, so having a hearing aid can improve brain function and cognitive health, helping people avoid hearing deprivation.

Remember that it takes some getting used to buying a new hearing aid and to give yourself time for your brain and ears to adjust to the change.

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