What to Expect From Hearing Aids
I was previously told that hearing aids won’t help people with “nerve loss. ” Is this true?
Absolutely not. When hearing aids were first developed, it was difficult to fit people with sensori-neural hearing loss (nerve deafness). However, with today’s vastly improved technology, almost all people who successfully wear hearing aids have a sensori-neural hearing loss.
What questions should I ask before buying hearing aids?
There are many questions to ask before buying hearing aids. The first two questions are: Do I have permanent hearing loss? And — Who should I see about this?
Some people have hearing problems caused by ear wax, which can be removed by the professional. Sometimes middle ear infections cause a temporary hearing problem which can be eliminated after medical treatment. Sometimes auditory processing disorders cause hearing problems. If any of these situations (or others) are present, your audiologist will be able to recognize and diagnose the problem and will manage or refer you to best handle these situations! Before purchasing hearing aids, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation should be obtained by an audiologist from a AudigyCertified practice.
Will the testing show if I need a hearing aid?
After the testing, the Audiologist will discuss the effects of your loss for general communication and for communication with competing speech or noise. The communication difficulty will depend on your lifestyle, occupation, and your desire to improve your communication abilities. A hearing aid may simply relieve the stress and strain of listening or may improve word recognition by making speech sounds louder. Individuals need to make an honest evaluation whether their hearing loss is becoming a burden to others, even if they feel they “can hear when I want to”. The decision to wear hearing aids is a personal one, and to be successful with amplification, one needs to make a commitment to use them consistently.
Can a hearing aid restore my hearing back to normal?
No. No hearing aid, whether it is digital, implantable, or both, can restore or correct hearing back to normal hearing levels. Hearing aids are designed to amplify residual hair cell function in the inner ear in order to enable an individual to hear sound that is not audible with their current hearing. Although hearing aids cannot correct hearing loss, they can restore the proper frequencies to a usuable, comfortable level, and can improve an individual’s health and improve his/her quality of life.
Will wearing a hearing aid make my hearing worse?
No. In fact, wearing a hearing aid can help exercise your ear and prevent problems with speech understanding.
What are digital hearing aids?
The term DIGITAL is used so often today, it can be confusing. When the term “digital” is used when referring to hearing aids, it generally means the hearing aid is 100% digital. In other words, the hearing aid is indeed a “complete computer”. 100% digital hearing aids have been commercially available since the mid-1990s and they are wonders of modern technology. 100% digital hearing aids can process sound using incredibly fast speeds. 100% digital hearing aids transform analog information into a digital signal and process the sound to maximize the speech information you want to hear, while minimizing the amplification of sounds you do not want to hear.
Importantly, digital technology allows the audiologist to tailor or customize the sound of your hearing aids to what you need and want to hear.
What are the advantages of the small, completely-in-the-canal hearing aids?
Completely-In-the-Canal hearing aids are very small and discreet. The benefits of this size are:
- less wind noise than larger instruments
- less feedback (squealing) on the telephone
- more natural sound quality in the ear
- less power is necessary in the hearing aid because it sits deeper in the ear canal
Binaural Hearing Aids…Do I really NEED TWO?
YES! Basically, if you have two ears with hearing loss, and if both ears could benefit from hearing aids, you need two hearing aids.
86 percent of all new hearing aid wearers are fit binaurally (both ears).
It is important to realize there are no “normal” animals born with only one ear. Simply stated, you have two ears because you need two ears. If you try to amplify sound in only one ear, you cannot expect to do very well. Even the best hearing aid will sound “flat” or “dull” when worn in only one ear.
You do need two ears to tell where the sound is coming from (localization). Localization is very important for determining the origin of warning signals, alerting sounds and of course, conversational speech.
Using both ears together allows your central nervous system (your brain) to better focus on, and process sounds you want to hear (human speech) while more or less “squelching” (ignoring) sounds you do not want to hear (background noise). One ear working by itself cannot do this very well. The brain needs to compare and contrast loudness, pitch and the phase (timing) of the sounds from the two ears to make sense of it!
Should I buy my hearing aids off the Internet?
This would be similar to buying your eyeglasses without a prescription lens. How would you know what strength of lens you need for the glasses? What would you do when you get them and you cannot see with them? Who would you call for follow-up care? Because hearing aids are custom fitted to your ear shape, it is sometimes necessary to make modification in order for them to function properly and feel comfortable in the ear. If hearing aids are purchased on-line, it appears to be less expensive. However, in the long run, it will usually cost more to find a hearing care provider to make necessary adjustments and modifications. Hearing aids purchased on-line do not come with professional service and follow-up care.
How long do hearing aids last?
The most common repairs required by hearing aids are based on ear wax and debris blocking the microphones and the receivers. In other words, the majority of repairs required are due to poor/low maintenance. You audiologist will review with you how to maintain your hearing aids, how to keep them clean and dry, how to change batteries, etc. Nonetheless, if the hearing aids are well maintained, generally speaking, they can last 5 to 7 years.
Can I trade in my old hearing aids?
No. Custom hearing aids cannot be properly used by anyone other than who they were fitted for. Therefore, there is not a trade in value on hearing aids. Be wary of anyone offering a “trade in discount”. If you are purchasing new hearing aids, you should keep your old ones for a backup in the case that the new ones need servicing.
Should I wear hearing aids on an airplane?
The following information can help you decide:
The noise inside an aircraft, particularly if you are seated toward the rear, can be quite loud. Hearing instruments may be most comfortable if turned down, or off, in this situation.
Changes in air pressure, especially when the plane is taking off or landing, can cause discomfort until your ears “pop”. This equalizes the pressure behind the eardrum with the outside air pressure. Usually, wearing your hearing aid will not affect this process. However, if you have a cold or sinus problems, these pressure changes can be harder to equalize and the discomfort may last longer.
Why do I hear ringing of noises in my ears?
Tinnitus is the term for the perception of sound when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking. Tinnitus can be intermittent or constant, with single or multiple tones. The perceived volume can range from very soft to extremely loud.
No Matter The Situation, Our Tulsa Audiologists Are Prepared To Help With These Services:
Hearing impairment affects more than just your ability to hear — it affects your quality of life. Hearing Solution Centers stresses the importance of an accurate and timely hearing test. Call us today to schedule an apointment.
Assistive Listening Devices
Individuals with hearing loss sometimes have more difficulty hearing basic technology that is a part of regular daily life, like telephones ringing or alarm clocks buzzing. Assistive Listening Devices cure this problem.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Even if you take care of your hearing aids and keep up with regular maintenance, time takes its toll on all technology, and it’s possible that yours will eventually wear out through the course of normal use.
Custom Ear Plugs & Molded Ear Plugs
Hearing loss happens for many reasons, one of the most popular being exposure to loud noise (noise-induced hearing loss, or NIHL). Hearing Solution Centers offers a variety of custom ear plugs and molded ear plugs.
Though the common misconception about tinnitus is that it’s a disease, tinnitus is actually a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears that can only be heard by the affected individual.
Earwax, that yellowish-brown substance produced by the glands of the external ear, may conjure the ick factor for many people, but it actually serves a pretty important purpose. Our treatments will help you manage it in a healthy way.
Hunter Hearing Protection
Digitial Hunter’s Hearing Protection is designed for hunters and shooters who need amplification as well as hearing protection.
Custom-Molded In-Ear Monitors
As the #1 custom-molded in-ear monitors provider in Tulsa, we are committed to helping Tulsa musicians hear every note.
HSC Bluetooth Medical Devices
Our first-ever medical-grade hearing enhancement and earbud hybrid, these buds enhance the world around you and help you hear your music and calls better.