Practical Hearing

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Our Services

Your sense of hearing is a vital link to your world—a source of pleasure, and information and communication.

Hearing Assessment

A hearing assessment is necessary to learn more about your hearing capabilities.

Even a mild hearing loss which goes untreated can have a negative effect on your health and attitude, leading to stress, depression, and isolation. As with any health-related issue, your hearing should not be neglected.

A complete evaluation will help determine in which part of the ear the problem is located, and whether or not medical intervention is needed.

Test results also help to determine whether a personal hearing device is needed, and if so, which type is most appropriate.

Testing is completed in a soundproof booth for most accurate test results.

Hearing Aid Sales

From the voices of people in conversation, to the song of birds, to the rustle of a newspaper, the sounds around provide us much information and enjoyment.

The advanced technology of today’s hearing devices allows access to this richer world of sound.

The most appropriate style and level of technology will be recommended based on your personal needs. These may include the smallest custom device deep in the canal, to larger custom devices, to small and discreet over-the-ear devices.

Hearing Aid Repair

Depending on the problem either an in-office repair can be done or the device can be sent to the hearing aid manufacturer for repair. The cost depends on the extent of the problem, the age of the device and whether it needs to be shipped to the manufacturer.


You should store your batteries at room temperature. Heat will shorten their life.

Keep track of your battery life. After removing the tab to activate the battery, put the tab on the calendar on the day you change it. Doing this routinely will allow you to track how many days you typically can expect from your batteries.

Humid/tropical environments can cause the battery to take on moisture, have a shorter life, and potentially swell.

Dryness from colder environments can sometimes dry out the battery causing premature failure. Sweat and perspiration can cause the battery to short out. It is important to keep your hearing devices dry.

Noise Protection

Musician’s Earplugs
Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings and they are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods. They require different amounts of protection depending on the sound level they encounter during rehearsals and performances.

For Hunters and Shooters
Custom-fit earplugs for effective hearing protection to prevent serious, permanent hearing loss.

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Swim Plugs

There are an infinite number of colors and combinations. Made from premium American-made silicone. They float, so they’re hard to lose. Custom fit to your own ears.

Special Assistive Listening Devices

Besides personal hearing devices, there are available assistive listening devices specific to phone use, TV listening, hearing doorbells, alarm clocks, smoke detectors, etc. A variety of these devices is on display and ready for demonstration.

Hearing Aids and Special Listening Devices


Oticon Opn™ brochures & other resources.


I hear but I can't understand.

Sometimes I hear and sometimes I don't.

Sometimes I can lipread and sometimes I can't.

Learn coping strategies to understand speech even when your hearing is not the best. Learn how to speechread. Learn about how the ear works, what can go wrong with it, and what you can do to preserve the hearing you have left.

“Jane has a unique capability of putting technical language into layman terms all people can understand.”

Jerald V. Robinson, MD

The class includes a brief description of the anatomy of the ear, how it works, what can go wrong with it, and what can be done to correct hearing loss. We will discuss individual hearing test results and whether hearing devices are indicated.

There will be a discussion on the design and features of current hearing devices. An explanation is provided of the capabilities and limitations of hearing aids in general.

Considerable emphasis is placed on the analysis of the speechreading process and practice drills are included.

Classes are offered through the Older Adults Program of the North Orange County Community College District and are free of charge and open to the public. The class is held at various locations throughout north Orange County. For current time and location call 714-525-6990.

Class Topics

  • How the Ear Works
  • Ear Protection
  • Consonants and communication
  • Pitch and Volume of Speech Sounds
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Speechreading
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hearing Aids
  • Special Hearing Devices
  • Manipulating the Environment


Jane F. Steckler, MA, FAAA

Clinical and Rehabilitative Audiologist


  • Bachelor of Arts, Hunter College of the City University of New York
  • Master of Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara


  • Los Angeles Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic
  • Instructor, California State University, Northridge
  • Director of Audiology, Providence Speech and Hearing Center, Orange, CA
  • Accounts Manager, Oticon, Inc.
  • Instructor, Older Adults Program, North Orange County Community College District
  • Audiology Technical Support, Oticon, Inc.


  • California State License in Audiology
  • California State License in Hearing Aid Dispensing
  • Fellow, American Academy of Audiology

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Audiology

About Jane:

Jane is married with three grown children and lives in Fullerton. She was born and raised in Indiana, spent a few years in the novitiate at St. Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana, after which she worked a few years for United Airlines as a stewardess based in New York City. She completed her BA in New York, and then moved to Santa Barbara to complete an MA. She met her husband Bruce who grew up in Fullerton and in 1989 Jane and Bruce moved back to the community. Jane has been in private practice in downtown Fullerton since 2002.

Contact Us


Practical Hearing
Landmark Plaza, Suite 208
122 North Harbor Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92832

Office Hours

Hours are Monday through Friday by appointment only.

Phone, Fax & Email

Phone: (714) 525-6990
Fax: (714) 525-6991



Located on the southeast corner of Harbor and Amerige, one block north of Commonwealth, in downtown Fullerton. Park in the public lot behind the building and enter the building from the parking lot. There is an elevator to the second floor. My office overlooks Amerige.

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