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Below are some of the most common questions about hearing loss and modern digital hearing aids. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions!
Hearing aids are available in many styles, with each type offering a different look and feel. Some styles are better suited for mild to moderate hearing loss, while others will work with any degree of hearing loss.
Hearing aids also differ in their ease of use, their battery life, and how much wind noise they pick up. Some types of hearing aids are more prone to being clogged with earwax, while others are more difficult to adjust because of their small parts.
Hearing aids come with either analogue or digital technology and have five parts: the microphone, a microchip, the amplifier, a battery, and the receiver.
Analogue hearing aids, which are less common today, work by translating the sounds they pick up into electrical signals. They then amplify these sounds and feed them back into the ear. Some of these hearing aids feature automatic gain control so that they can recognize when a sound is loud enough that it does not need to be amplified further.
Digital hearing aids have a silicon chip. This chip continuously processes sounds and changes them to be clearer and easier to hear. It then releases these sounds into the ear at the correct volume. These hearing aids can differentiate between noise that should be reduced and sounds that need amplification.
Yes you can afford to hear better! Like everything else, hearing aids come in a variety of models and styles. Prices vary based on the hearing aid model and style selected but also upon the degree of your hearing loss, and options chosen to customize your hearing aid.
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There are three types of hearing loss: Conductive, Sensorineural, and Mixed Hearing Loss.
The warranty available on a hearing aid can vary depending upon the instrument's manufacturer. Most hearing instruments come with a 1 to 3 year warranty that covers any repairs that might be necessary. Sometimes the manufacturer's warranty also covers loss & damage with a deductible.
Hearing professionals recommend that you have your hearing evaluated once a year. You should always report a change in hearing to your hearing healthcare professional and your doctor.
Your hearing aids should be cleaned and checked 3-4 times a year.
Medicare does not cover hearing aids. Some insurance plans will assist with the cost of hearing aids. Most insurance companies will not cover advanced technology hearing aids like digital instruments. Contact your insurance company to see if they provide you with hearing aid benefits.
A hearing evaluation takes about 45 minutes. If it is determined that you need hearing instruments, it may take a bit more time so that you and your hearing professional can decide which instruments are best for you.
Once your hearing instruments have been ordered—the order is usually placed at the end of your first appointment—you can expect to receive your new hearing instruments in approximately 2-3 weeks.
Yes, but only sometimes. Common earwax, also known as “cerumen”, is an fatty, oily substance which protects your ear canal. Many people are concerned that they produce too much earwax, but there is usually no cause for concern. While it's possible for earwax to build up and partially or completely obstruct the ear canal, it can be removed. Potentially this could result in a mild to moderate Conductive Hearing Loss. When the wax is removed, the hearing is restored.
The ringing sensation that you hear in your head or individual ears is called tinnitus. This ringing is usually an indication of some damage to your auditory system (especially noise damage). It can be constant or periodic and on one specific side or in the middle of your head. There is no magic cure for tinnitus, but there are methods that can help you live with it. Sometimes hearing aids help by bringing more sound to the brain, thus distracting attention from the ringing. If you have ringing consistently on one side, you should ask your doctor about it.
Hearing loss is classified by several factors: Degree of Loss, Understanding Ability, Location of Loss Along the Speech Frequencies, and Type of Loss.
If you have difficulty hearing in crowds, you could have a high-frequency hearing loss. With this type of loss, you can hear well in one-on-one situations and even in small groups. However when you are around distracting speech/noise, you can hear the noise louder than the speech. This is because your normal low-frequency hearing picks up the low-pitched noise at a normal-hearing level. At the same time, you miss some of the high-frequency speech sounds, where your hearing loss is located, that bring clarity. This hearing loss is not as noticeable when speaking with someone without any competing noise.
You may have a high-frequency hearing loss. Female voices, children's voices, and even a majority of speech understanding lies in the high frequencies. If you have a high-frequency hearing loss you probably have a hard time hearing things, such as your wife's voice. You may hear the low frequency sounds normally but miss the high frequency sounds.
Hearing and understanding are two different things. It is possible to hear something and not understand. This may be due to a high-frequency hearing loss. Most consonant sounds are high in pitch and bring clarity to speech. They help you discriminate between different words (i.e. pick, tick, brick, lick, sick). If you have a high-frequency hearing loss, you miss the consonant clarity sounds while hearing the volume from the low pitches.
If you have a hearing loss in both ears it is recommended that you wear a hearing instrument in each ear. You can hear better out of two good ears rather than one.
Before this question is answered it is important to outline a few terms. All hearing aids amplify sound. Sound travels through the instrument in the form of waves. These waves of energy ripple across the air in a continuous manner. All hearing devices are designed to amplify these waves of sound energy. All hearing devices have the following miniaturized electronic components: microphone, receiver (speaker), and amplifier. The microphone and receiver in all hearing aids are very similar, however, there are significant differences in the way the amplifier operates in various hearing aids. Essentially, the differences between various hearing aid technologies are related to how the amplifier processes sound.
Hearing aid technology can be divided into two general categories: analog hearing aids and digital hearing aids. In very simple terms, analog and digital refer to how the hearing aids' amplifier processes sound. Both of these categories can be further divided into more specific subcategories:
Yes, occasionally hearing aids need repair. Hearing aids are exposed to a damp, waxy environment on a daily basis. Because of this, and normal wear and tear, you can expect to face a repair or two during the lifespan of your hearing instrument. Usually a repair comes with another 1-year warranty. Proper care of your hearing instrument (for example, using a desiccate system to help reduce moisture) can reduce the likelihood of needing repairs). If your hearing instrument is being repaired more than you are able to use it, then it may be time to consider new hearing aids.
Assistive listening devices are available to help you hear the television, telephone, doorbell, baby cries, and to help you hear better in different listening environments.
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