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ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT HEARING LOSS AND HEARING AIDS


How do I know if I have hearing loss?

Hearing loss develops gradually without discomfort or pain which makes it difficult to identify. In most cases it is usually the family members that notice it first while the person experiencing hearing loss finds other way to compensate.

Take our online hearing quiz and if you answer yes to several questions, you are likely to have some form of hearing loss and should contact our office to have your hearing tested on location.


What is a Hearing Aid?

A hearing aid is a small electronic device worn in or behind the ear. This device contains a microphone, and amplifier, and a speaker that are used to detect sound, make portions of it louder and send that enhanced signal to the ear. This amplified sound helps the wearer to hear easier and allows people with hearing loss to listen, communicate and participate more fully in everyday life.


Who treats hearing loss?

Audiologists are trained specialists with masters’ degrees or a doctorate degree in audiology, the study of hearing. They specialize in testing, evaluating and treating hearing loss and balance disorders which also includes the fitting of hearing aids.

Hearing Instrument Specialists are trained in the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids. Hearing Instrument Specialists undergo extensive clinical and educational training that are often state licensed and board certified to run tests for hearing loss and fit hearing aids to patients.

Otolaryngologists
are medical doctors that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, throat, head and neck disorders. Otolaryngologists are also known as ENT doctors.


Which hearing aid will work best for me?

While all hearing aids amplify sound, the characteristics of your hearing loss determines which hearing aid will be the best option. The characteristics of your hearing loss is determined by taking our hearing test. Once we have those test results in hand we will know just what features that you will need and benefit from. For example, you may need two hearing aids if you have hearing loss in both ears, you may need telecoils if you speak on the phone a lot, and you may want completely-in-the-canal hearing aids if appearance is a concern. All of these aspects hearing will determine the best fit for you.

Call us with all of your hearing loss concerns!


Can I get financial assistance for a hearing aid?

Financial assistance is usually available in some form. Checking with your insurance provider to see if they can offer any assistance is always the first step. If not, financing is usually available through your hearing specialist. It is also a good idea to see what Medicaid or Medicare may cover.