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01. What are the signs of hearing loss?
Signs of hearing loss could include: Thinking people are “mumbling”, Difficulty hearing conversations with groups of people, Turning the television up louder, Asking people to repeat what they have said, Withdrawing from social situations, Ringing / buzzing in ears (tinnitus), If you are experiencing any of these signs of hearing loss, Book an appointment with us.
02. What are different types of hearing loss?
There are three types of hearing loss: (1) Sensorineural hearing loss = Inner ear is affected, (2) Conductive hearing loss = Middle ear is affected, (3) Mixed hearing loss = Combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing losses.
03. Do I need two hearing aids?
A lot of people ask if they can get just one hearing aid. If you have aidable (enough hearing to make use of a hearing aid) hearing loss in both ears, it is important to wear two hearing aids. Our brain requires equal input from both ears to tell where sounds are coming from. Balanced hearing from both ears is essential to allow speech to be heard more clearly and with less effort, especially where there is background noise. Additionally, many of today’s newest hearing aid technologies feature advances in binaural technology. In these devices the left and right hearing aids exchange information wirelessly, enhancing the sound quality of the aids.
04. How much do hearing aids cost?
Advances in hearing aid technology means there are now good hearing solutions for every budget. The price of a hearing aid is essentially determined by the level of technology in the hearing aid. An entry level hearing aid will be less expensive but will have fewer advanced features. A more advanced hearing aid will have the latest technologies available to enhance hearing in difficult listening situations. Our Audiologist can help you in determining which level of technology is best suited for your life-style and budget.
05. How long do hearing aids last?
The typical lifespan of a hearing aid is approximately 5 years. Hearing aids can last longer depending on care and maintenance, and hearing aids over five years old may be appropriate if they are in good working order and are still providing good benefit for your hearing loss. Most manufacturers will not repair hearing aids older than 5 years.
06. How do I know which hearing aid is right for me?
There are many different styles of hearing aids. The appropriate hearing aid is determined by a variety of factors. If it is determined that you would benefit from a hearing aid, our Audiologist would discuss the pros and cons to each style and together you would decide which is appropriate for you.
07. What if I try hearing aids and I don’t like them?
All hearing aids come with an agreed trial period. It’s important that you try the hearing aid in your own environment. If you’re not finding benefit from the hearing aid you can try a different style or technology, or return it at the end of the trial period. Your Audiologist will discuss about your trial period during your hearing aid fitting.
08. What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound, when there is no external auditory stimulus. It can be described as a ringing, buzzing, or noise in a person’s ears. This sound can be very bothersome to some individuals. There are many theories to why this sound is perceived, but it can be a sign of hearing loss.