Q. How common is hearing loss?
A. Hearing loss affects an estimated 36 million Americans (around 15% of our population). It is a very common issue and one that is very treatable.
Q. How will I know if I need a hearing aid?
A. If you feel you may have a hearing loss, the first step would be to have your hearing tested by an Audiologist. They will determine the type and degree of hearing loss and make suggestions for improving your hearing based on many factors such as your lifestyle, your personal preferences and your overall health.
Q. Do I really need two hearing aids or can I get by with just one?
A. When a person has hearing loss in both ears, it is always much better to address the issue on both sides. This will improve your ability to understand the words you are hearing (especially in noise) as well as help you feel like your ears are balanced.
Successful communication requires the efforts of all people involved in a conversation. Here are some tips for communicating with people who have hearing loss:
Face the person when speaking
Speak slowly and clearly
Rephrase, don't repeat when the person with hearing loss doesn't understand you
Keep background noise down
Myth: Hearing aids are bulky and ugly
Fact: Hearing devices have been labeled as being bulky and ugly for a long time, but this isn't true. They've been designed in recent years to fit everyone's lifestyle with an emphasis on being sleek and discreet. Most people aren't able to tell when you're wearing a hearing device.
Myth: Hearing aids further damage a person's hearing
Fact: When hearing devices are properly fitted by a professional, they won't cause any further damage to your hearing. That's why we go through a process of fitting, programming, and adjusting them to ensure they're working well for you. If you need future adjustments, we're happy to provide them for you.
Myth: My hearing will be restored to normal with hearing aids
Fact: Unfortunately, there is not a treatment that can reverse the effects of hearing loss. However, hearing devices provide the best solution and will give you the highest quality hearing possible.
Myth: I'm too young to need hearing aids
Fact: Hearing loss doesn't affect one specific age group. It can affect infants to seniors. In fact, many people go 10 years or more with untreated hearing loss before seeking help. Patients often find it much easier to adapt to hearing devices when their hearing loss is treated in an early stage, which is why early detection is so important. Just like dental and vision routine checkups, we recommend that everyone schedules a yearly hearing screening to stay up-to-date with their hearing health and to monitor any changes.