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Welcome to Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center

Let us help improve the way you hear the world.

Hear and enjoy the world around you better with the help of Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers. Our staff has the experience, knowledge and products you need for a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life.

We work with all types of patients suffering from diminished or altered hearing due to:

Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center Offers Special Assistive Devices for the Hearing Impaired.
And other causes.
We are happy to help when you need a consultation, fitting, replacement or repair for your hearing instruments.

Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center Offers Special Assistive Devices for the Hearing Impaired.
Choose Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers because

We use the most advanced and effective, state-of-the-art hearing instruments and aids.
Our staff is familiar with the newest hearing aid technology.
We offer the best care and aids for your hearing needs.
Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers has built a reputation for providing the best service and care. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today!Hearing Instrument Evaluation and Fitting

Our services include the following:

Consultants in Audiology to Medicine, Education, Industry and Recreation
Hearing Testing
Hearing Instrumentation Consultation
Hearing Instrument Evaluation and Fitting
Digital Technology Fittings
We offer an experienced and caring staff.

We have been helping the hearing impaired since 1963
We began practicing in the Boca Raton area opening two well-equipped offices in East and West Boca in 1984.
We have over 100 years of combined experience in the hearing health care field.

Royal Palm Hearing Aid Centers are conveniently located in East Boca Raton 561-393-8955 | West Boca Raton 561-368-7600 Email us at rphac@aol.com

West Office
New Location:
Lakeside Shopping Center
8122 Glades Rd.
Boca Raton, Florida 33434
(in the same shopping center as home goods and marshal’s facing Boca rio Rd.)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

East Office
Royal Palm Place
180 Esplande 52-A
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone: 561-393-8955
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hearing Loop Samples

Samples of Hearing Loop Before and after.




(before) - OUT OF THE LOOP     




(after) - IN THE LOOP     




Please follow the link below to view to samples published by  The Hearing Journal.


Samples of Hearing Loop Before and after.

In the Loop

Creator: The Hearing Journal
Duration: 0:33
The Hearing Journal  Recording made by Juliette Sterkens, AuD, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh demonstrating sound via a loop listener with a T-coil. Listen to “Out of the loop” to compare with recording via a laptop microphone.

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Out of the Loop

Creator: The Hearing Journal
Duration: 0:30
The Hearing Journal  Recording made by Juliette Sterkens, AuD, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh demonstrating sound via a laptop microphone. Listen to “In the loop” for a comparative version recorded via a loop listener with a T-coil.

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Cognition noise and hearing aid signal processing

Cognition noise and hearing aid signal processing

The first studies that systematically investigated individual cognitive differences and the benefit of compression speed were those of Gatehouse, Naylor and Elberling (2003, 2006). Later studies have corroborated the early findings (Lunner & Sundewall-Thorén, 2007; Rudner et al., 2011).


Testing individual benefit of compression release settings in background noise

Early studies indicated that cognitive factors correlate with aided speech measures, depending on the speed and complexity of the signal-processing, and the nature of the speech and background signals used to test performance (Gatehouse, Naylor and Elberling 2003, 2006; Humes 2003, 2007; Lunner 2003).


This study aimed to replicate the patterns of candidature in the domain of cognitive capacity found by Gatehouse et al. (2006).  Working memory performance was assessed in the same way as in Gatehouse et al. (2006). Speech recognition in noise was assessed by the Dantale 2 speech corpus. Test conditions were fast- and slow-acting compression, in either unmodulated or modulated backgrounds. Tests were performed after 9 weeks of acclimatisation to the compression setting.



Consistent with Gatehouse et al. (2006), this study indicated that subjects showing a low score in a cognitive (working memory) test performed better in the speech recognition test with slow time constants than with fast time constants. They also performed better in unmodulated noise than in modulated noise. Meanwhile, subjects with high scores in the cognitive test showed the opposite pattern.



Furthermore, cognitive test scores were significantly correlated with the differential advantage of fast-acting versus slow-acting compression in conditions of modulated noise. The pure tone average threshold explained 30% of the variance in aided speech recognition in noise under relatively simple listening conditions, while cognitive test scores explained about 40% of the variance under more complex, fluctuating listening conditions, where the pure-tone average explained less than 5% of the variance. This suggests that speech recognition under steady-state noise conditions may underestimate the role of cognition in real-life listening.


Two more studies with a similar test design were published after the aforementioned initial studies: Cox & Xu (2010), with a somewhat shorter test time (4 weeks) for each compression setting, and Rudner et al. (2011), with a longer test time (9 weeks). Cox and Xu (2010) showed a different pattern of results, while Rudner et al. (2011) corroborated the earlier findings.


Thus the pattern of results seems to be the following: The effect of cognition on speech understanding in modulated noise with fast-acting compression may only pertain after a period of four to nine weeks of familiarisation. Prior to this, persons with lower cognitive capacity may benefit more from slow-acting compression.


The finding that persons with high working memory capacity performed better in modulated noise with fast-acting compression agrees with findings of previous studies involving a familiarisation period of at least nine weeks.



Further reading

Cox RM, Xu J (2010). Short and long compression release times: speech understanding, real
world preferences, and association with cognitive ability. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 21, p. 121-138.


Humes LE (2003). Modeling and predicting hearing aid outcome. Trends in Amplification,7, p. 41-75.


Humes LE. (2007). The contributions of audibility and cognitive factors to the benefit
provided by amplified speech to older adults. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 18(7), p. 590-603.


Lunner T (2003). Cognitive Function in Relation to Hearing Aid Use. International journal of audiology. Supplement, 42(1), 1S49-1S58.


Gatehouse S, Naylor G, Elberling C (2003). Benefits from hearing-aids in relation to the interaction between the user and the environment. International journal of audiology. Supplement 1, 42(1), 1S77-1S85.


Gatehouse S, Naylor G, Elberling C (2006). Linear and nonlinear hearing-aid fittings -1. Patterns of benefit. International journal of audiology, 46(3), p.130-152.


Gatehouse S, Naylor G, Elberling C (2006). Linear and nonlinear hearing aid fittings -2. Patterns of candidature. International journal of audiology, 46(3), p.153-171.


Lunner T, Thorén ES (2007). Interactions between Cognition, Compression, and Listening Conditions: Effects on Speech-in-Noise Performance in a Two-Channel Hearing Aid. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 18(7), p. 604-617.

Testimonial from Happy Customer

I want to thank you for testing my hearing and selecting the proper hearing aids for me. Words cannot express my satisfaction with the entire process. With these new Siemens hearing aids which you and Elisa suggested for me, I am hearing well and better than I have for at least five years.

I appreciate the professionalism of all of The Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center staff. You made the entire hearing evaluation, selection and fitting of the hearing aids a pleasure.

I send my best to you, Elisa, and Sondra. Thanks for everything.


CBS 12’s Extraordinary People: The Hearing Loop Project

CBS 12’s Extraordinary People: The Hearing Loop Project

Story By: Michele Wright, CBS 12 News Anchor
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BOCA RATON, Fla.– Thousands of residents across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are hearing impaired. Thanks to a new project called “The Hearing Loop” life as they know it will change forever with the gift of sound in public places.

Elissa Sorkowitz Lejuene from Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center in Boca Raton is one of the partners of the project that uses a person’s hearing aid to LOOP sound from anything over a PA system.

“It’s a very exciting time in our industry that we can connect people in all different kinds of ways. “For them to be able to watch a movie. It takes people from out of their homes and into the world.”

Retirement community Edgewater Pointe Estates in Boca Raton was the first to install The Hearing Loop their auditorium.

“It’s great to go over and see how they react and see how it’s been a life-changer for them. I can’t tell you how happy everyone is.”

Bob Scheppske also with Royal Palm Hearing is a Hearing Loop partner . He says American Disability Acts law was passed to help the hearing impaired.

“Anywhere there is an amplifier, microphone and where 2 or more people meet there needs to be some sort of assisted living device.”

Bob says the best part is being able to give the gift of sound.

“When you see their eyes light up when they hit their t coil and their understanding everything and there are looking around like where’s that sound coming from? It’s an awesome feeling.”

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There is a copper wire that’s is put around the perimeter of the room attached to a sound driver, which is attached to whatever is coming through a sound system, mic etc. in a room such as an auditorium, etc.

There is a technology in the hearing aid called a tcoil.  Many people do not even know they have a tcoil in their hearing aid.  The tcoil can be turned on in hearing aids by a hearing care professional.  It is accessed through a button on the hearing. When the patient walks into a place such as the auditorium and they have a tcoil, they can push the button and connect wirelessly.

The way it works is kind of like two magnets attracted to each other.  The wire emits an electromagnetic signal that attaches itself to the tcoil program within the hearing aid that is attracted magnetically to that signal.  It clarifies the sound for the patient amazingly well in public place. It is amazing for the spoken word. It is the most effective way to hear in a public space.

To connect to the Hearing Loop, it’s important for hearing impaired people to buy hearing aids have tcoils.

halo mfi

Product News

Starkey Hearing Technologies Introduces Halo MFi

TruLink_phone and aidStarkey Hearing Technologies, Minneapolis, Minn, has introduced Halo™, a Made for iPhone® (MFi) hearing aid engineered to be compatible with iPhone, iPad®, and iPod® touch. The Halo hearing aid is designed to provide the more than 26 million Americans with untreated hearing loss a new discreet option that seamlessly connects with Apple devices.

Available March 31, Halo combines Starkey’s hearing aid technology with iOS to deliver a  new hearing solution that makes every aspect of life better —from conversations to phone calls to listening to music. Halo will connect with the TruLink™ Hearing Control app, which is available as a free download in the App StoreSM.

“Halo brings what people love about Starkey hearing aids to anyone who suffers from hearing loss,” says Dave Fabry, vice president of Audiology and Professional Services for Starkey Hearing Technologies. “Halo delivers new standards of performance and personalization, while providing convenient control and connectivity to iOS devices.”

Building on iOS features that let you do everyday things like making phone and FaceTime® calls, listening to music and using Siri®, Halo takes advantage of TruLink technology and compatible iOS devices to meet the needs of today’s demanding and tech-savvy consumers. In addition to seamless integration with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Halo hearing aids are also standalone hearing aids that are reportedly packed with best-in-class performance features, including feedback cancellation, adaptive noise management, and directionality.