Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Can I wait until I'm older before getting a hearing aid?
No, the sooner you get a hearing aid to assist with your hearing, the better. Your ability to understand speech is stimulated by wearing hearing aids.
Doesn't wearing a hearing aid make my hearing more lazy?
No, wearing a hearing aid will not make your hearing more lazy. In fact, it will improve your hearing by stimulating your hearing nerves and as a result your brain have more information to process.
How can I recognize hearing problems?
Most of the time hearing problems begin gradually, without discomfort or pain. What's more, family members often learn to adapt to someone’s hearing loss, without even realizing they are doing it. Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine whether you have hearing loss:

1. Do I often ask people to repeat themselves?
2. Do I have trouble following conversations with more than two people?
3. Do I have difficulty hearing what is said unless I'm facing the speaker?
4. Does it sound like other people are mumbling or slurring their words?
5. Do I struggle to hear in crowded places like restaurants, malls and meeting rooms?
6. Do I have a hard time hearing women or children?
7. Do I prefer the TV or radio volume louder than others?
8. Do I experience ringing or buzzing in my ears?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, the chances are you do suffer from hearing loss.
If I had hearing loss, wouldn’t my doctor have told me?
Not necessarily. Only about 10% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss. Since most people with hearing impairments hear just fine in quiet environments (like your doctor's office), it can be very difficult for your physician to recognize this problem. Only a trained hearing professional can determine the severity of your hearing problem, whether or not you could benefit from a hearing aid, and which type would be best for you.
What are the most common causes of hearing loss?
There are several causes. The main ones include excessive noise, infections, genetics, birth defects, infections of the head or ear, aging, and reaction to drugs or cancer treatment.
Are there different types of hearing loss?
Yes. There are three types of hearing loss:

1. Sensorineural: The most common type, it occurs when the inner ear nerves (and hair cells) are damaged and do not properly transmit auditory signals to the brain. Can be treated with hearing aids.

2. Conductive: Is typically the result of obstructions in the ear. Can usually be treated medically or surgically.

3. Mixed: A combination of sensorineural and conductive.
Doesn’t hearing loss only affect old people?
Hearing loss can occur at any time, at any age. In fact, most people with hearing loss (65%) are younger than age 65!
If I think I have a hearing problem, what do I do?
You should make an appointment with a hearing professional like ourselves for an evaluation, consultation and hearing test.
Won’t wearing a hearing aid make me stand out?
While you are no doubt concerned about appearance, compensating for a hearing loss by asking people to repeat themselves, inappropriately responding to people (or not responding at all), or even withdrawing from social situations is more obvious than wearing a hearing aid.

Today’s hearing aids are small, discreet and more stylish than ever before. Some are even invisible. And, chances are that once you have a hearing aid, your quality of life will improve so much that cosmetics won't be as much of an issue for you.

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