Hearing loss is an emerging serious health concern. Millions of people suffer from treatable hearing loss. While each situation is unique, there are often some common questions related to hearing loss and treatment. Here we try to answer some of these common questions.
How do I know if I suffer from hearing loss?
Hearing loss can manifest itself in many ways, but if you are asking people to repeat themselves repeatedly or you are regularly misunderstanding certain words in conversation you may have minor hearing loss. More seriously, if you find yourself withdrawing from social situations because of an inability to communicate or having to turn the television louder than what is comfortable for others, you likely suffer from hearing loss. In these cases, work with your doctor to schedule an appointment with an audiologist or a hearing aid instrument practitioner and ask for a hearing test.
What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a professional trained to provide services for the identification, assessment, prevention and non-medical treatment of persons who have hearing disorders. Audiologists have advanced training and their skill sets are designed to develop and design the best solutions for your unique situation.
How does an audiologist measure and treat hearing loss?
An audiologist provides a complete history of your hearing and ear health, as well as uses a comprehensive hearing test to determine if a hearing loss is present. These tests determine both the existence of loss and the degree or severity of any loss. Additionally, a complete ear examination is typically part of the evaluation; this examination is completed by a physician to determine any medical causes for a hearing problem and, if necessary, an appropriate medical course of treatment.
Do I need a hearing aid?
You and your audiologist will discuss appropriate amplification options based on your listening needs; whether it is hearing aids, implantable devices, or cochlear implants the solution will be built around a set of requirements. Your expectations, motivation, lifestyle, and dexterity levels all contribute to making the most appropriate selection of a device.
Options such as Bluetooth streaming for phone or additional technologies to help with hearing speech in the presence of background noise will be considered. If you suffer from severe hearing loss then hearing aids may provide no benefit, but your audiologist may consider a cochlear implant option. In most cases, some type of hearing aid may be all that is required to greatly improve quality of life.
What are the costs associated with a hearing aid?
Hearing aids costs vary widely depending upon the size, style, and type of technology within the device. Aids can be very small and stylish, with controls operated via your smart phone or they may be less sophisticated and, therefore, less costly. All hearing aids are not the same. The most important consideration is your needs. You want to select the best device for your own situation.
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