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Hearing Aids FAQs

There are questions regarding hearing aid technology that we get, well, all the time. Click below for answers to a few of the common ones.

New technology dramatically changes the ability of hearing aids to process sound, delivering a much “cleaner” spoken message to the brain. This provides much easier interpretation/understanding. In addition to improving your ability to listen and understand in changing environments, new technology offers many additional features including: wireless Bluetooth technology, customizable tinnitus relief and rechargeable batteries.

Many factors determine the cost of hearing instruments, including the severity of the hearing loss, lifestyle, and service. When you purchase hearing instruments, you are purchasing the product, the service and the provider. The professional service as well as the knowledge and expertise of the provider are just as important as the product itself. We work with you to determine which hearing instruments best meet your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. We then continue to work with you to verify that the instruments meet your communication goals and provide the accurate amplification.

Hearing aids are digital and reprogrammable. If a change in hearing is found, your hearing aids can be reprogrammed to account for the decrease in your hearing. Our audiologists will schedule you in for routine hearing aid maintenance throughout the life of your hearing instruments. During those appointments, we will question how well you are hearing. If a change in hearing is suspected, a hearing evaluation will be ordered as well as subsequent hearing aid reprogramming.

Our audiologists monitor you closely during the adjustment period to ensure you are comfortable and adjusting well to your new hearing instruments. We use real ear probe microphone measurements to verify you are getting the proper amplification levels. We then fine tune the hearing aids to your comfort level. Follow-up appointments are made to monitor your success and confirm that you are completely satisfied with you how you are hearing.

Hearing Loss FAQs

The signs of hearing loss are often subtle and appear gradually over time. It’s time for a hearing test if you experience any of the following: feeling that others mumble, asking for repetition, turning the TV to a high volume, difficulty hearing in noisy situations, feeling that you can hear people speak, but don’t understand what they are saying, and feeling embarrassed, frustrated or annoyed when communicating with others because you cannot understand them.

Other factors that may contribute to hearing loss include: family history of hearing loss, excessive exposure to loud noise for long periods of time, diabetes, heart or circulation problems, smoking, and ototoxic medications.

The three main types of hearing loss are: sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. It occurs when there is damage to the inner ear hair cells or the auditory nerve itself. This results in a weakened transfer of nerve signals to the brain and a subsequent decrease in loudness and clarity of sounds. Typically there is no medical way to correct this, but hearing devices can significantly improve the situation. Conductive hearing loss is caused by an obstruction or damage to the outer or middle ear structures. This leads to an inability for sound to be transmitted from the outside world to the inner ear.

 

The most common causes can be a buildup of wax, a perforated eardrum, fluid in the middle ear or damage to the ossicles {middle ear bones). Most conductive hearing losses can be medically treated. If medical intervention is not an option, hearing instruments can help. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. It results from damage to the outer or middle ear as well as the inner ear. In many cases, individuals with mixed hearing loss need a combination of medical intervention as well as amplification from hearing aids. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach from an otolaryngologist and an audiologist.

Hearing Myths

Ask yourself; do you believe any of the following myths? We’re happy to showcase the truth.

FACT: That used to be the stigma associated with hearing aids, due to their large size, bulky ear pieces and unfortunately, not very effective in noisy situations.

 

However, today, hearing devices are sleek with virtually no visible ear pieces, have excellent feedback managers, and can even connect to cell phones and TVs for direct access. In addition, they really do work even in the presence of noise.

 

The perception of people that wear hearing devices today is that of a smart individual who wants to remain engaged, interested, and interesting!

FACT: That is exactly the biggest concern: YOU! You don’t know what you’re missing; all you know is what you hear. You are likely “trying to put the puzzle pieces together” when you are listening. This often results in misunderstandings and communication frustration.

FACT: The most common size battery (#312), typically lasts 5-7 days. The hearing device signals you when it is getting too low. Rechargeable batteries are very common now providing 16 hours on each nightly charge.

FACT: Today’s hearing aids are nearly invisible. At Labyrinth Audiology, we carry several hearing aid styles that sit behind your ear or that are placed comfortably in the ear canal. Hearing aids are no longer big and bulky, instead they are now small and discreet. No one will even notice you’re wearing hearing aids, they’ll only notice that you can hear better.

FACT: Thinking that family members mumble is a very common sign of hearing loss in the high pitches that provide clarity. If family members would talk loudly, it would help you, but it is very uncomfortable to talk at a louder than normal volume. In addition, we often sound angry when talking at a higher volume.

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