What is an Audiologist?

  • Audiologists are the primary licensed healthcare professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.

What are some common signs of hearing loss?

  • You have increased difficulty understanding people in noisy environments (i.e. restaurants, parties, cars, etc)
  • Family, friends, or colleagues often have to repeat themselves when speaking to you
  • You have difficulty understanding people when they are not facing you or are in another room
  • You have difficulty following conversations
  • Family, friends, or colleagues seem to “mumble” all the time

 What can cause hearing loss?

  • Exposure to excessive loud noise
  • Ear infections, ear disease, or trauma
  • Illness or certain medications
  • Birth defects/genetics
  • Presbycusis (gradual hearing loss that occurs later in life)

What are the types of hearing loss?

  • Sensorineural hearing loss – The most common type of permanent hearing loss. It occurs due to damage to the inner ear or to nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain.
  • Conductive hearing loss – The hearing loss occurs due to disorders in the outer or middle ear, which prevent sounds from getting to the inner ear. This type of hearing loss can often be treated medically/surgically.
  • Mixed hearing loss – The hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
    * Severity of hearing loss is not described in terms of percentage of loss. Percentage of loss is a legal term to determine compensation benefits.

How much do hearing aids cost?

  • The cost of hearing aids varies depending on the type of the hearing aid, the number of features as well as the services offered with the hearing aids. The type of hearing aid recommended is dependent on patient’s hearing loss and lifestyle.

Are hearing aids covered by insurance?

  • Some insurance companies provide hearing aid benefits, however hearing aids are rarely fully covered by insurance. At this time, Medicare does not provide hearing aid benefits.

Can hearing aids restore my hearing?

  • No and it will not prevent progression of hearing loss. Hearing aids are designed to amplify residual hearing function only.

How long do hearing aids last?

  • Hearing aids usually last 4-6 years.

If I have hearing loss in both ears, do I have to wear two hearing aids?

  • There are three main reasons why two hearing aids are better than one. When both ears are working together, you are able to hear better in the presence of noise, there is a natural boost of up to 6 dB to the loudness of the hearing aids, and you are able to localize sounds more easily.

What is the ringing in my ears?

  • Tinnitus is the medical term for the ringing in your ears. Tinnitus is characterized by sound that is perceived in the absence of any external sound source. In many cases, tinnitus accompanies hearing loss; however tinnitus can be present in perfectly healthy ears. There is no known cure for tinnitus, but there are many tinnitus management strategies available for those who suffer from bothersome tinnitus.