Q. What causes hearing loss?
A. The majority of hearing losses are a result of aging. Other possible causes are prolonged exposure to loud noises, heredity, certain illnesses, and medications. However, the most common form of hearing loss is called “nerve deafness”. This comes about as a result of the fact that the cochlea (inner ear) and auditory nerves do not properly transmit their signals to the brain.
Q. Will my hearing aid amplify loud sounds and damage my hearing further?
A. Your hearing aid will be preset to a safe level of maximum amplification. However, keep in mind that you may have to re-accustom yourself to loud starling sounds as they are amplified by your hearing aid.
Q. How do hearing aids work?
A. Hearing aids fills the gap created by a hearing loss be receiving and amplifying sound. While there are many different types of hearing aid technology, four basic components are common to them all: (1) a microphone, which receives sound and translates in into electrical impulses; (2) an amplifier, which makes those electrical impulses stronger; (3) a receiver (speaker), which translates those now stronger impulses into louder sounds; and (4) a battery, which serves as a power source for the whole system. Hearing aids vary widely in their styles, sizes and levels of circuit technology. Our Audiologist will help you choose the hearing aid style and circuitry that is right for your hearing loss and lifestyle.
Q. What should I do if I or a loved one has a hearing loss?
A. The first step should be a professional hearing examination conducted by an otolaryngologist, audiologist or hearing aid dispenser. This will help to determine the level and type of your hearing loss. The property treatment with either medical attention or a hearing aid will be recommended. With today’s modern technology many hearing losses can be successfully corrected with a hearing aid.
Q. What is the different in various hearing aid circuits?
A. The conventional Class A circuit amplifies each sound equally, while the other types of circuits automatically manage loud sounds and quiet sounds in different ways. The goal of Advance and Premium digital circuits is to deliver a natural loudness throughout your entire listening range without under-amplifying or over-amplifying the sound.
Q. What sort of changes and adaptations are necessary with a hearing aid?
A. First you need to understand that it is not possible for a hearing aid to completely restore your hearing. What it can do is enhance sound and thus allow you to hear better. Since hearing loss is gradual, over the years you may have become unaccustomed to normal environmental sounds such as traffic noise, the hum of a refrigerator, nature sounds.
Q. How does hearing loss affect individuals?
A. While each hearing loss is unique, most people share common results from their loss. They often feel isolated from their surroundings. It is often more difficult to meet new people or face new environments. They often complain of appearing incompetent or feeling insecure. Recent studies suggest a link between hearing loss and dementia.
Q. What style of hearing aid should I get?
A. Most hearing aids on the market today are created to be minimally visible. The type of hearing aid that you buy should be based upon your hearing loss, your dexterity, and your lifestyle. Even if your clinician advises that IIC or CIC models are not right for you, it’s virtually impossible to notice the RIC and mini RIC models.