Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids FAQ
How can I tell if I have hearing loss?
Hearing loss can develop over time without any pain, making it easy to go unnoticed. Friends, family and coworkers will often notice it before you do.
If you think you have hearing loss, take the quiz. If the online hearing test indicates you have hearing loss, come visit us for a professional test to see if hearing aids might help.
What are hearing aids?
Hearing aids are more than simply small speakers that amplify sound. At a bare minimum, hearing aids have a microphone, amplifier and speaker. Newer models also have artificial intelligence that help differentiate voices from background noise and create a more clear sound. Hearing aids help those with hearing loss communicate better.
How will hearing aids help me hear better?
Most types of permanent hearing loss are sensorineural. This means the nerve cells have become permanently damaged either by loud noise, lack of circulation, or other health issues. While this kind of hearing loss can’t be cured, it can be treated using hearing aids.
Hearing aids not only allow you to hear again, they have been proven to help stave off health issues such as dementia and depression.
Want to see whether hearing aids will help you? We’d be happy to demonstrate.
Who is qualified to treat hearing loss?
Audiologists have a doctorate degree in audiology and certification at both a national and state level. They conduct comprehensive hearing evaluations and diagnosis of hearing impairment. Audiologists have an all-encompassing knowledge in the anatomy of the auditory system, define what type of hearing loss you have and possibly explain any causes. An audiologist prescribes and fits hearing aids while providing counseling and support for the individual impacted by the hearing issue and anyone else in their life. Ultimately, an audiologist will offer a comprehensive solution from initial diagnosis through to final treatment.
Hearing Instrument Specialists are professionals specializing in fitting and dispensing hearing aids. They have at least a high school diploma and in some states, they may also be required to have a two-year degree from a college. Hearing aid specialists will also be required to pass a practical and written exam. A national exam may also be required and they may need to become board-certified hearing instrument specialists. They may be able to complete hearing tests, but only with the intention of fitting hearing aids. Similarly, they also have training in device electronics as well as programming and specifications.
Otolaryngologists have a medical degree as a physician with an expertise in conditions of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT). However, their specialty also extends to other parts of the head and neck, including the sinuses and thyroid and conditions such as allergies and sleep apnea. Otolaryngologists earn a Doctor of Medicine degree post bachelor’s degree. Medical school is followed by a five-year residency.
Will hearing aids help me hear again?
Think you’re having trouble hearing? Call or text to make an appointment for a hearing test. We’ll uncover the extent of your hearing loss and go over any next steps.
What kinds of hearing aids are there?
Hearing aids come in all sizes, styles, and colors. Some go behind the ear while are hidden in the ear canal. Modern models also connect to smartphones, stream music and filter out background noise.
Call or text us. We can help you find the right hearing aid for you.
Which hearing aids are best?
That depends on your hearing test results. Some styles of hearing aids only work to treat mild to moderate hearing loss, while others are best for severe hearing loss. If you have other issues, such as tinnitus, you may need a special type of hearing aid. We’ll also ask where you plan to wear them and how active you are. Are you extremely active and need a pair that you can comfortably exercise in? These are some of the things you’ll consider during your hearing consultation. Schedule a call with us to go over your options.
Why should I get two hearing aids?
Even if you don’t have hearing loss in both ears, modern hearing aids are designed to be used as a pair. This is because you need both ears to locate the source of sounds and to hear frequencies correctly. Hearing aids work together to help you not only hear sounds, but to interpret them correctly.
How long will it take before I’m comfortable wearing my hearing aids?
New hearing aids are light, small, and relatively comfortable. That said, they may take a while to get used to. After all, you’ll be hearing sounds that you haven’t heard in a while. Everything may sound just a little louder, including your own voice. On average, most hearing aid users adjust to wearing them within a couple of months. If you’re really uncomfortable, call us. We can adjust them for you.
How do I take care of my hearing aids?
- Here are a few tips for keeping your hearing aids in proper working order:
- Avoid heat and moisture.
- Clean hearing aids carefully and regularly.
- Avoid using hair products while wearing hearing aids.
- Turn them off when they are not in use.
- Don’t leave dead batteries in the case.
Can I get help paying for hearing aids?
Having trouble paying for hearing aids? We get it. We can help you determine your eligibility with your insurance provider or help you find affordable options.
Can I get hearing aids online?
You’re hearing aids are only effective if they are programmed to your hearing loss. Not only are different models designed for different types and levels of hearing loss, they are programmed to the frequencies you’re unable to hear. That’s why the process starts with a hearing test. If you bypass this step you’ll end up with hearing aids that are too loud in the frequencies you can hear while not loud enough to hear the frequencies where you have hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Affects Your Health
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