Many factors contribute to hearing loss. Some causes are preventable, such as noise-induced hearing loss from listening to loud music or working in a loud environment, like a factory, without hearing protection.
Others are less preventable such as:
- Reactions to medications
Want to know if you have any of the most common signs of hearing loss?
Take the short quiz below:
- Do people comment that the volume on your TV or radio is too loud?
- Have you missed visits and calls because you didn’t hear the doorbell or telephone?
- Do you have trouble following conversations in crowded, noisy places?
- Do people say you speak too loudly?
We believe that everyone in our community over the age of 55 should have their hearing screened annually as part of their personal wellness program.
To assess your hearing needs, please take our Free Online Hearing Assessment.
There are many types of hearing instruments to choose from to assist with better hearing. Early analog instruments with many undesirable effects and disadvantages are now being replaced with digital technology. Today’s digital technologies are programmed by a computer to match your type of hearing need and unique requirements. Depending upon the type you select, there can be a significant improvement in the sound quality. These instruments sort sounds into bands or frequency ranges that can be grouped to provide precision amplification in select ranges. This means that sounds of nature, music, and speech are perceived and amplified differently. The end result is greater precision in hearing correction so that speech sounds are enhanced while background noises are reduced. Your hearing health professional will help you select the best one for you. Click here to learn more about hearing aid types.
Most people have hearing loss in both ears, yet some only wear one hearing aid. Amplifying only one ear when both ears need help can put you at a disadvantage. Your brain needs two ears for hearing accuracy. Here’s why:
- Increased Speech Clarity:
Wearing two hearing aids, instead of just one, makes it easier to understand speech in normal listening situations and in noise.
- Enhanced Sound Quality:
When hearing through two hearing aids, sounds have a fuller quality and feel more balanced. Volume levels can be set lower, minimizing the distortion.
- Improved Localization:
With two hearing aids, the brain receives sound from both ears. This makes it easier to tell where the sound is coming from, a skill known as localization. Localization tells you which way to turn when someone is calling your name.
The term tinnitus comes from the Latin word tinnire (to ring) and is defined as the perception of sounds for which there is no external source. Many people describe tinnitus as ringing, while to others it sounds like humming, buzzing, or whistling. Regardless of its characteristics, tinnitus is a symptom of an impairment of the auditory processing system. The most common cause of tinnitus is noise exposure.
Some Hearing Aids Provide Tinnitus Therapy
While there is currently no cure for tinnitus, there are effective methods of achieving comfort and relief. Some hearing aids have a tinnitus therapy feature which can function as an independent sound generator or in a mixed mode with both the hearing aid’s microphone and the sound generator. Your hearing care professional can help you determine the type of therapy that is right for your tinnitus.