Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I have a hearing loss?

 

A hearing loss can’t be hidden from others.  If you wonder if you have a loss, ask your friends or family!

  

Or ask yourself these questions:

 

 

-Do I often ask people to repeat what they said?

 

 

-Do I have difficulty hearing in noise?

 

 

-Do I turn the volume way up on the TV so I can hear better?

 

 

-Do I have difficulty with conversations on the phone?

 

 

“Me?  I don’t have a hearing loss!”

 

Approximately 15% of baby boomers and 27% of senior citizens won’t admit they have significant hearing losses!

 

 

 Why?  One reason is that we may not be aware of it (although family and friends will know).  We may hear some pitches but miss others and think “I can hear but I just can’t understand the words clearly.”

 

 

“But, I can’t understand the words!”

 

“High pitch hearing loss” is a common type of hearing problem that can affect how you hear words.

 
With this type of loss, you may hear low pitch sounds fine, but high pitches are harder to hear.

 
This makes it hard to hear speech sounds like “S”, “T”, “F”, “SH”, “CH”, and “TH.”  You’ll only hear parts of words.

 
That’s why you’ll say, “I can hear, but I can’t understand the words!”

 

 

“I have nerve deafness.  Can I be helped?”

“Nerve deafness” (sensorineural hearing loss) is one of the most common health problems in

America

 

Yet millions of people with this problem have been helped with hearing aids.

 
The only way you can tell if new hearing aids will help you is by trying them in your world.

 

What other factors play a role in hearing loss?

 

Many factors play a role in hearing loss.  Genetics, illnesses, medications and noise exposure can all cause and/or contribute to hearing loss.  Most hearing loss is permanent and treated with amplification. Some forms of hearing loss are medical correctible with surgery.

 

If  I already have a hearing loss, can I get my hearing back?

 

If the hearing loss is conductive, caused by a blockage, hearing may be restorable or at least improved post wax removal or surgical intervention.  If the hearing loss is sensory, which is most often the case, parts of the inner ear or auditory system in the brain are damaged and the hearing loss is permanent and possibly even progressive.

 

What about the ringing in my ears?

 

Ringing in the ears, or Tinnitus (ti-NY-tus), is a common annoyance to many people.  It can be associated with hearing loss, particularly high –frequency, diet, medications, head injuries, high blood pressure and/or certain medical conditions.  Sometimes the cause and corresponding cure of tinnitus is unknown.  It is recommended that you consult your medical doctor with concerns regarding tinnitus.

 

 

“Will hearing aids really help me?”

 

According to “The National Council on Aging Study”, people who wear hearing aids reported improvement in their quality of life and overall mood, had more self-confidence, and said relationships at home and with grandchildren improved.

 

“Everyone will know I have a hearing problem if I wear hearing aids.”

 

Everyone already knows you have trouble hearing!  In fact, they are probably frustrated with you for always saying “what” and turning up the TV too loud.

 
You can’t hide your hearing loss.  In fact, the best way to “hide” your hearing loss is to wear hearing aids.

 

 

Why do hearing aids cost so much?

 

The cost of hearing aids varies depending on the level of technology in the hearing aids.  The companies that manufacture hearing aids are constantly researching and designing new hearing aid technology to meet the the hearing aid candidates needs and desires,  This research is miniaturized more and more to meet the cosmetic needs and comfort levels of the increasing number of persons whose lives are impacted by hearing loss.  This technology is coupled with extensively trained professionals that assit in “fine tuning” a hearing aid to its wearer unique situations and needs

 

Who makes the best hearing aids?

 

There is no single hearing aid company or hearing aid that is best for everyone.

  

There are many excellent makes of hearing aids from many reputable companies.  They all offer different types of circuitry, models, and sizes that may help you.

 

 

 At Professional Hearing Services, you’ll have your choice of hearing aids from several major manufacturers.  We have certified audiologists who can administer a complete hearing evaluation and help you decide just what hearing aids will meet your unique and special needs.

 

 

 Call today for “Sound Solutions” for your hearing problems.

 

 

 -Do I think most people mumble?

 

“How can I hear best in noisy places?”

 

….by using “Directional Microphone” hearing aids!

 
These hearing aids allow you to mainly hear sounds coming from directly in front of you.

 
This feature reduces the noise behind you so you can hear the important sounds of voices in front of you.

 

What is open technology?

 

Open technology is designed for persons with high frequency hearing loss.  It allows for the person to wear a behind-the-ear hearing aid which many times is smaller then the behind-the-ear hearing aids of the past.  This aid is coupled to a thin tube with a small plastic tip that is inserted into the ear canal to deliver the sound to the eardrum.  This system allows for better sound quality, comfort and cosmetics for people with the most common form of hearing loss. 


How long will my batteries last?

 

The size of the hearing aid determines how long the batteries will last.  The smallest hearing aid of the highest technology will often result in a battery that lasts 3-5 days.  The next size of hearing aid may have a battery that lasts 7-9 days.  The most common battery size utilized in most in-the-ear hearing aids and behind-the-ears will last 2-3 weeks.   The new “environmentally friendly” batteries will lose their power even if they are not being used if the sticker is removed from them.  These zinc air activated batteries were created so that they could be disposed of in the garbage.  The old mercury batteries that lasted much longer,as long as not used, were not safe for the environment and thus replaced.

 

 

My hearing aid makes a whistling sound, what is causing that?

 

Feedback is a common concern for hearing aid wearers.  This “whistling” sound can be caused by a number of things but is often the result of too much wax in the ear canal, a loose fitting hearing aid or a surface too close to the hearing aid microphone.  Newer technology uses various types of feedback control systems to help reduce this annoying sound.