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There are three types of hearing loss:
Conductive hearing loss, most often caused by an obstruction, such as wax or fluid. With this type, sound waves are physically stopped from reaching the ear drum and inner ear. Often, removing the obstruction will treat any hearing loss it is causing. In other cases, hearing aids are frequently effective.
Sensorineural hearing loss, most often caused by damage to the hearing nerve. This can be as a result of the aging process, overexposure to loud noises suddenly or over time, head trauma, genetics and more. Almost all sensorineural hearing loss can be effectively helped by hearing aids.
Mixed hearing loss, which is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. It is caused by the same factors mentioned in both types above, only in conjunction with one another.
It's recommended that absolutely everyone get a hearing test annually, just like you'd get a check-up from your primary care physician or a teeth cleaning at regular intervals. This will allow us to monitor your hearing health over time, catch any hearing loss that may come up early in the process, and find you a solution as soon as we can. Being proactive in this way, rather than reactive, is best for your quality of life, general health, and more.
There are many signs you can look out for to tell if you might be experiencing hearing loss. These include, but are not limited to:
If you are experiencing one or more of the situations above, give us a call and get your hearing tested today.
Yes, hearing loss does often get more severe over time. This is a natural process, but using hearing aids can slow the process down and make the most of the hearing ability you do have left. If you wait too long to begin using hearing aids, your brain will actually lose its ability to process speech patterns the way it once did. Untreated hearing loss can also lead to brain shrinkage and overall cognitive decline, and it has been linked with dementia as well. It is in your best interest to get a hearing test as soon as possible to identify whether you have hearing loss and take any necessary steps toward helping you to hear better.
Each person is different, but chances are very good that hearing aids will help you hear better! It's estimated that over 95% of all hearing losses are able to be helped by the use of hearing aids. Come in for an appointment and we will get you one step closer to hearing better and fully engaging in everything life has to offer.
Sometimes it happens that hearing loss occurs in only one ear, but most people who have hearing loss do have it in both. If this is the case, it is greatly to your advantage to use two hearing aids. Your brain is naturally hardwired to use two ears, and only using one at a time would not allow you to experience life to its fullest. Using two hearing aids will help you identify where sounds are coming from and get back to a more natural hearing experience.
Myth #1: I'm too young to have hearing loss.
Truth: Hearing loss can occur at any age, just like your eyes might get worse at any age. It affects children, teenagers, young adults, and older adults alike. You might also consider that noise-induced hearing loss is a growing problem throughout the world because of things like noisy work environments, personal audio devices, concerts, and the like. People of all ages are exposed to these risk factors.
Myth #2: I would know on my own if I had hearing loss.
Truth: Hearing loss often happens gradually, over a long period of time. For this reason, you may not notice that you cannot hear as well as you once could. If your loved ones are telling you that you may have hearing loss or if you notice even the slightest sign, you should schedule a hearing test to be sure.
Don't forget: it's for this exact reason that annual hearing tests are recommended. We can track your hearing ability over time and be alerted to any changes that may occur as soon as they do.
Myth #3: It's more embarrassing to wear hearing aids than it would be to just keep going the way I am now.
Truth: Many patients will tell you that this is not the case. Your hearing loss will be far more noticeable if you constantly have to ask others to repeat what they've said than it will be from your use of hearing aids. Plus, hearing better will open up a whole new world. Your relationships will improve, you will enjoy social situations more, and your quality of life will go up. These benefits far outstrip any negative things you may believe about using hearing aids.
What's more, hearing aids come in many shapes and styles for your convenience. Some are even completely invisible. Let us know about your needs and preferences, and we will find devices that are right for you.
Myth #4: Hearing aids can damage your hearing ability.
Truth: If your hearing aids are programmed to your individual hearing loss, this will never happen. Some people who have just begun wearing hearing aids for the first time may feel like their hearing is worse than it was before they started using them, but this is a perception error. When you have untreated hearing loss, your brain gets accustomed to the limited hearing ability and perceives it to be "normal." When you begin using hearing aids, however, your brain is retrained to understand hearing better as "normal." Then, when you take your devices out, you can notice the true extent of your hearing loss much more obviously.
Myth #5: Hearing aids will make background noises sound too loud.
Truth: Today's hearing aid technology can adjust to different environments and often include directional microphones. This feature focuses on sounds that are aimed directly at you, like when someone talks to you, and amplify other sounds much less. If you find that background noise is a problem for you, your devices may need a readjustment. This is normal in the very beginning of your hearing aid usage or over the course of time as your hearing needs change.
Come visit us and we will get your devices working for you as best they can.