How do I know if I have hearing loss?
Usually the person experiencing hearing loss is the LAST to know. It will be brought to their attention by family and friends commenting on their hearing. Some other signs or symptoms of hearing loss might include tinnitus or ringing of the ears, adjusting listening volumes to levels too loud for others to tolerate, or sensing that others are “soft spoken” or “mumbling” when they speak.
Please visit our Hearing Loss page for more information.
Can it get worse?
Yes, sensorineural hearing loss is due to the degeneration of the nerves in the inner ear or cochlea and is irreversible. The only medical treatment for this type of loss is to wear hearing aids.
Is hearing loss genetic?
Yes, there is a strong genetic component to hearing loss. If moms or dads had hearing problems, the odds are that their children will, too.
How do I prevent further hearing loss?
Socio-environmental hearing loss can be prevented by wearing hearing protection when you find yourself in loud environments.
Can diet improve my hearing?
There is no medical evidence indicating that diet can improve hearing; however, there is a direct correlation between hearing loss and other medical conditions.
What is an Audiogram and what does a typical hearing test involve?
An Audiogram is a graph that measures a person’s hearing levels at different frequencies and allows for a visual perception as to how well different sounds are heard.
What are the different types of hearing aids?
- Invisible in-the-Canal (IIC)
- Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)
- In-the-Canal (ITC)
- Full Shell or In-the-Ear (ITE)
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
- Mini BTE with slim tube and tip
- Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE)
- BTE with earmolds
It’s best to schedule a consultation with a Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS)/ Audiologist (AuD) to review all hearing aid options.
For more information on how to choose a hearing aid, please visit our Hearing Aid Styles page.
How do I know which hearing aid is best for me? Are age, lifestyle, level of hearing loss, or manufacturer considered factors?
This is best determined through a “LifeStyle Assessment” in order to determine the best device for an individual.
What is my recourse if my hearing aids break?
Schedule an appointment to have the hearing aid serviced. Typically patients are scheduled to see their HIS/ AuD every 6 months to avoid wear and tear.
How long do hearing aids typically last (how long before I need a new one or an upgrade)?
Hearing aids typically last 5-8 years depending on the individuals’ wearing and lifestyle habits.
How much do hearing aids cost? Do they come with warranties?
The cost for hearing aids range depending on the severity of the hearing lost and the lifestyle demands of the wearer.
Are hearing tests and hearing aids covered by insurance?
Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. It depends on your insurance coverage.
Do you offer an aftercare program?
Yes, we believe that we offer the best aftercare program for each one of our patients. Our patients are family to us and we do everything possible to not only ensure satisfaction but to allow them to experience the lifestyle they intend to live.
Do you offer emergency hearing aid assistance?
Yes, we are available 5 days a week and on weekends by appointment.
How do I protect my hearing aids?
Make sure to store and wear them properly.