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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
Age-related hearing loss is just one possible cause of hearing loss. Other causes of hearing loss include ear infections, head injuries, toxic medications, and loud noise exposure.
Unfortunately, your friend did not buy true hearing aids, but personal sound amplifiers. These devices are intended for people who do not have a hearing loss but can benefit from amplification in certain environments. Hearing aids are classified as medical devices, and a great deal of research and development goes into them to provide health benefits to those with hearing loss.
Hearing loss affects an estimated 36 million Americans (about 14 percent of the population). It’s estimated that 15 percent of children and teens ages 6-19 have hearing loss as well. It is a very common issue and can be successfully managed with hearing aids.
You should make an appointment if you suspect hearing loss. Our audiologist will determine if your hearing loss requires medical or non-medical treatment, we can even refer you to the appropriate specialist if necessary. The results of the audiological evaluation will determine if you need hearing aids and what type will be best. We will review the results of your evaluation and provide the best possible management options and recommendations for your hearing loss. We will also consider yoru personal preferences and overall health.
If you have hearing loss in both ears, it’s difficult to get by with one hearing aid. It’s important to have binaural hearing. Binaural hearing refers to the brain’s ability to localize sounds. It improves your ability to understand speech in complex, noisy environments and greatly improves your overall communication ability.
There are many different hearing aids at various price points, and we will work with you to determine which devices best fit your lifestyle and are appropriate for your hearing loss. Mail order or hearing aid clubs may sell hearing aids at a lower price because the hearing aid components are generally of lower quality, and therefore less expensive. You may receive little or no instructions or adjustments. In the long run, you may pay as much or even more than you would if you went to a full-service audiology practice.
Fact: Today’s hearing aids are small and come in a variety of styles that can work for your lifestyle. The effects of hearing loss are much more noticeable than the hearing aids themselves.
Fact: Every hearing loss is different, and the only way to know the nature and extent of your hearing loss is to have your hearing tested.
Fact: There have been many advances in hearing aid technology in recent years that has enabled many more treatment options for hearing loss. A hearing evaluation will determine what options will best work for you.
Fact: Hearing aids that are properly fit and programmed will not damage your hearing.
Tips for Friends and Family
To help support someone you know who has hearing loss and should have their hearing tested, here are some tips: