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Hearing FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Your Hearing.

What symptoms are experienced by someone with a hearing loss?

An individual experiencing hearing loss may mention that they can hear but they cannot understand what is being said. Individuals also mention that the person speaking to them is mumbling and not speaking clearly or loud enough. Other manifestations include having to increase the volume in the T.V. and reading of lips when speaking. Individuals also may experience ringing in the ears.

What are possible effects of a hearing loss?

The effects of hearing loss will vary between each individual but negative effects can include isolation, social withdrawal, speech deterioration, fatigue, inattentiveness, indifference, loneliness, and depression.

Is it detrimental to not seek help for my hearing loss?

It has been proven through research that if your hearing is not used and stimulated often that it will deteriorate more quickly. Therefore it is recommended to have your hearing evaluated to assess what your needs may be.

What is the difference between hearing aids?

Your audiologist or hearing care professional is the best person to advice you on the different types of hearing aids and the benefits and advantages of each.

Do you recommend purchasing one or two hearing aids?

The decision to purchase one or two hearing aids should be made after a thorough evaluation and consultation with your hearing professional. Depending on your hearing evaluation your hearing professional will discuss with you the need to have one or two hearing aids. If you have hearing loss in both ears it is recommended to purchase two hearing aids as you will benefit from better amplification and equal hearing on both sides.

Can hearing aids help me understand speech in crowded or noisy environments?

Yes. Hearing aids can help you hear better in crowded or noisy environments. Digital hearing aids can be the most helpful as they can amplify soft sounds while not amplifying louder ones.