Our Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions related to common hearing concerns.
How do I know I have hearing loss?
Hearing loss often occurs so gradually that an individual may not be aware of a problem. In fact, it is not uncommon for hearing loss to be first detected by a family member who is having to speak louder or repeat themselves to you. Early signs of hearing loss include:
- Turning the TV or radio volume louder than other family members prefer
- Difficulty understanding speech when background noise is present (for instance, in restaurants)
- More difficulty hearing children and women than men
- Difficulty hearing in meetings or at public speaking events
- Ringing in the ear(s) when no external sound is present
- Having things repeated frequently
- Difficulty hearing people with low voices
Should I be worried about my tinnitus?
You should not be worried, but you should get it checked out. Tinnitus is a symptom of something else, and 80% of patients who report tinnitus have an associated hearing loss, which requires treatment. Once hearing loss is treated, tinnitus can be treated. Other causes of tinnitus include head or neck injuries, medications, or sudden hearing loss.
What happens during a hearing evaluation?
A hearing evaluation determines if you have hearing loss, the severity of it, and the percentage of loss. Medical conditions and treatment will either be ruled out or recommended. Treatment options will be discussed after the evaluation is complete. The evaluation involves pure tone testing, speech recognition, speech in noise, and tinnitus testing.
When should I have a hearing test?
Everyone should have a hearing test annually as part of your overall health care. Even someone with a 20% hearing loss should consider treatment. Imagine missing 20% of your day or a conversation! You will feel left out and try to fill in the missing details.
Is hearing loss normal for my age?
Hearing loss is not normal no matter what age you are. As we age, cognitive decline occurs in our brains as a result of untreated hearing loss. Additionally, genetic/hereditary factors, environmental noise exposure during work or hobbies, diseases, and even certain medications can cause hearing loss.
What are the best hearing aids?
Oticon provides the best hearing aid technology above all other manufacturers. Oticon is the only company offering superior technology that works in harmony with what your brain needs to hear naturally.
Do hearing aids connect to my cell phone?
Yes, Oticon hearing aids have tinnitus treatment available; however, treating the cause of your tinnitus is what we focus on. 80% of people who report tinnitus have a correlated hearing loss that requires treatment. When hearing loss is treated, your brain no longer needs to produce the tinnitus and patients report relief.
Can I adjust my hearing aid?
Yes, most hearing aids have manual adjustments, connectivity to a cellphone with an app, or a remote control. You will have control over the volume of what you are hearing. If you have tinnitus devices, you can control the volume of your tinnitus treatment.
If you have hearing concerns, contact us for an appointment or call 970-221-5249!