Frequently Asked Hearing Loss & Treatment Questions
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- You notice that your hearing has changed.
- You book an appointment for a Hear at home hearing aid practitioner to visit you in your home for a professional assessment.
- At the end of the hearing assessment we will explain the results and discuss which options are best for you.
Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of things; It may be congenital (you are born with it), hereditary, or acquired. Acquired hearing loss can be as a result of injury, disease, noise exposure, or aging.
Be patient with them as they are probably frustrated and worried, even if they won’t admit it. Encourage them to see a hearing professional so that they can receive expert advice and support to improve their hearing. You may offer to accompany them to have a hearing test, or even suggest that you both get your hearing checked.
Hearing aids work by amplifying sounds that a person cannot hear naturally. With today’s advanced technology and directional microphones background noise can be filtered so that more relevant sounds are presented to the person using hearing aids.
Recent research suggests that improving hearing loss with hearing aids reduces the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In 2011, a team of John Hopkins medical school researchers discovered a significant association between hearing loss and the risk of developing these unwanted cognitive conditions. The worse someone’s hearing gets. the greater their risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. The researchers believe their findings could have substantial implications for individuals and public health because hearing loss is treatable with hearing instruments. These findings underscore how important regular hearing tests are as part of preventative health care.
That will depend on the results of your hearing examination, however if there is hearing loss in both ears then it is standard practice to fit an aid to each ear. That way your hearing can be as natural as possible. Hearing technology is advancing quickly and it is now possible to get hearing aids that can communicate with each other in order to give you optimum hearing.
Research continues to prove a strong connection between hearing loss and depression. The two are referred to as invisible conditions, as you cannot see their effects at first glance. Because of this, their effects can often go unacknowledged, unrecognized, and untreated. Hearing loss affects one’s ability to communicate, which can cause stress, fatigue, social isolation, and, in turn, depression. Along with depression, clients with untreated hearing loss are known to experience anxiety, relationship problems, low self-esteem, stress, and other negative emotions. However, hearing aids have been found to help combat these issues.
Yes, manufacturers provide a warranty of two years for new hearing aids.
Described as ear or head noises, tinnitus can take the form of ringing, buzzing, hissing, or similar sounds, and it can be constant or intermittent. In some case, tinnitus can result from medical conditions such as wax build up or ear infection, which can be treated, often resulting in total relief of systems. In many cases, Tinnitus is the first sign of hearing loss. The first step in managing any type of Tinnitus is to undergo a complete hearing assessment by a hearing professional.
If hearing loss is found and medical intervention is not the answer, your hearing health professional will go over additional treatment solutions with you, such as Tinnitus maskers or hearing aids.
Ear wax has many useful functions. Located in the outer part of your ear canal, it prevents foreign bodies from advancing down your ear canal to your eardrum where they can cause damage. Objects such as cotton buds, hair pins and other small objects should not be inserted into the ear to remove wax as they can damage the sensitive tissue of the ear canal and push the wax further into the ear.
However, excessive and hardened wax can cause many problems and become very painful if not removed safely. A Hear at Home practitioner upon examination will inform you if there is a buildup of wax and will make appropriate recommendations for safe wax removal by a community physician.
Bluetooth enabled hearing aids use this wireless technology twofold. Bluetooth wireless technology allows for communication between two hearing aids. This helps to get the most natural hearing enhancement possible. The two hearing aids “”talk”” to each other to make instantaneous enhancements to improve hearing.
Another exciting function of Bluetooth enabled hearing aids is wireless connectivity with other Bluetooth enabled devices such as cell phones, computers and music players. This technology is a vast improvement over hearing aids in the past, which were often incompatible with other devices.