Don’t let your hearing loss prevent you from doing all the things you enjoy – and don’t let a feeling of embarrassment inhibit you from getting hearing assistance – especially when a little help may make the difference between clearly understanding and a world of “white noise.” Today, no one needs to be deprived of the sounds of life, the beauty of music, or ease of understanding someone speaking with you. There are so many exciting developments in the technology of hearing assistance, and the professionals at the Audiology and Hearing Aid Center are excited to help.
Come visit us soon and together we will find a way to enhance your experience of sound.
How do I know if I have a hearing problem?
There are many different things that may contribute to you feeling like you might have problems with your hearing. Obviously, since you’re here reading this, then you’re concerned enough to find out, which is the first and most important step.
There are two types of hearing loss: conductive and sensorineural. A sensorineural loss is the result of damage to the nerve fibers in the inner ear. It is commonly caused by the natural aging process, but can also be caused by noise exposure, strong medications, diabetes, stroke, and other circulatory diseases. Hearing aids are usually the best solution to a sensorineural hearing loss.
A conductive hearing loss can be caused by an obstruction or infection in the ear canal. Other causes may include a perforation or scarring of the eardrum or middle ear, and Eustachian tube dysfunction. Otosclerosis, fixation of the middle ear bones, is another potential cause of conductive hearing loss. A common challenge for people is cerumen (ear wax) which, when removed, may return your hearing to a normal state. In any case, it is important that you have your hearing checked by a licensed and certified audiologist. Most conductive hearing loss can be helped with medical treatment.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- Do high-pitched sounds such as women’s or children’s voices, telephone dial tones “fade” or “disappear”?
- Is it difficult to hear or understand others in public places such as restaurants, theaters, stores, at your church or synagogue, or any place where the background noise level is increased?
- Does it seem to you that people mumble more than they used to?
- Do you often need to ask others to repeat themselves?
- Do people ask you to turn down the volume of the TV or radio?
- Do you strain to listen?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions listed above, then you may be experiencing hearing loss. Please call us today, so that we can make a definitive assessment, as well as give you a free demonstration about the amazing capabilities and technologies we have available to us to improve your hearing! To complete our full Hearing Health Questionnaire, please click here.
How can I assist a loved one with a hearing problem?
A loved one with hearing problems can pose challenges for an entire family and, frankly, everyone around them. At the Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, we understand what you may be going through and want to help. Here are some common questions and symptoms to help you ascertain if your loved one is starting to have hearing difficulties.
Often times, hearing loss will be in specific frequencies – so although someone can hear volume all right, they have difficulty understanding or “picking out” the words. Do you notice that it is worse in crowded places, like while at a restaurant? Do you ever find them “cupping their ear” towards you while you are speaking in a crowded or loud place? This is a good indicator of some specific hearing loss. Do they sometimes not hear the telephone ring? Do they have trouble hearing the sound of little children?
This is an interesting symptom – if they think that you are mumbling, it is often a sign that they are beginning to lose clarity in the midrange of their hearing – right where your voice is. Do you find yourself having to speak more clearly and articulately to him or her for them to understand? Do they sometimes want you to repeat what you said even if you say it loudly? It could be that much of their hearing is fine, but that all-important mid-range is beginning to get weak.
Do you find them playing their radio, television and such more loudly? Do they seem comfortable with volume that you might find uncomfortably loud? This is a great thing to identify, particularly if they just seem to do this automatically and the volume is consistently louder than you think it should, or needs to be.
This is a subtler symptom and may be more difficult to identify, but do you perceive them straining to hear? Are they cupping their ear or changing their facial expression as you speak as if they are trying to figure out what is being said? Do they seem to need to be looking at you to hear more clearly? Do they answer you more loudly than they need to consistently?
If any of these questions were a “yes” then your loved one may very well be experiencing the beginning signs of hearing loss. If so, this may be a touchy subject for them – no one likes to think that a part of their body is not working 100%, so they may not be open to the idea at first. We Understand. When they are ready, we are both understanding of their situation as well as experts in placing them at ease and beginning the process of assisting them with their hearing challenges.