How is your hearing range, really? This simple quiz can help get you started on your path to understanding your hearing health.
1. Do you have difficulty understanding the other person on the telephone?
2. Does it seem like most people around you are mumbling?
3. Is it difficult to understand one person's speech while there is background noise?
4. Do you find it difficult to understand the dialogue on TV unless you turn the volume up high?
5. Do you often need to ask others to repeat themselves?YES NO
Click a question below to learn more about hearing loss and aids.Q. How do I know if I have a hearing loss?
A. Hearing loss often occurs gradually over time and many times, compensatory behaviors are naturally applied in order to "get by." Generally, family, friends, and business colleagues will notice the change before you do. Early signs of hearing loss include:
A. Get an audiologic evaluation. This is the foundational professional exam that determines the appropriateness and type of amplification. The audiologist will review the results of your test findings with you and provide optimal recommendations. Contact us to schedule yours today.
A. First and foremost, you will be able to hear more clearly. You may notice a greater awareness of your voice, which is completely normal. Keep in mind, your brain is used to a "quiet" world. So, as you hear things "differently," it is important to remember that with time, your auditory system and brain will learn how the world actually sounds. As this process of adaptation occurs, it is vital to commit to consistently wearing your hearing aids. In doing so, within a few weeks your auditory system will adjust to many of the new inputs it is receiving and processing.
A. If you find your hearing aids are not working, below you will find some troubleshooting tips:
A. Most hearing aids utilize disposable batteries that will have to be replaced about once a week.
The necessity to clean a hearing aid is largely dependent upon the amount of wax in an individual's ear, the degree to which the aid is exposed to moisture and other environmental elements, and the style of the aid. Some aids are more susceptible to wax and moisture, for example. Your audiologist will work with you to best understand the appropriate maintenance for your hearing aids.
A. Most hearing aids will last around 4-5 years. Many times, technology has advanced in ways that can significantly improve your hearing and overall quality of life. Older hearing aids are more prone to break down and can require more expensive repairs.
Forget what you think you know; discover the truth and debunk common myths about hearing.
MYTH: "Hearing loss only affects the aging population."
FACT: Only 35% of individuals with hearing loss are older than 64. In fact, there are almost 6 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss. Hearing loss affects all age groups and can affect quality of life whether you are 5, 50 or 90 years old!
MYTH: "One ear is my 'better' hearing ear."
FACT: Nearly all patients who feel as though they have a "good" ear actually have two ears with symmetric hearing loss. It is common to perceive that one ear hears better. Most hearing losses affect both ears equally and about 90% of patients who can benefit from hearing aids should wear two. The ability to hear similarly from both ears is necessary in order to localize where sounds are coming from and in order to hear better in the presence of background noise.
MYTH: "Only those with severe hearing losses need hearing aids."
FACT: The degree of hearing loss and one's lifestyle are important criteria in determining the need for hearing aids. In short, hearing aid candidacy is multi-dimensional. The audiologist will carefully work with you to identify a contemporary solution to your hearing needs.
MYTH: "Hearing aids will make me look 'older.'"
FACT: This misnomer is a fun one to address. Current hearing aids are quite cosmetically pleasing! What really makes people look older is untreated hearing loss resulting in incorrect responses or not hearing at all.
MYTH: "Hearing aids will make everything louder."
FACT: Hearing aids of the past used to take all sounds around you and make them louder. Current, digital technology has advanced speech processing, giving priority to speech. Quality hearing aids allow for the audiologist to program soft, moderate, and loud sounds independently so that they are not given equal emphasis.
See below for a few helpful tips to improve communication with a person who has hearing loss: