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Experiencing difficulty with hearing can be both challenging and frustrating. Here are some signs that might indicate the need for hearing aids

Struggling to follow conversations: If you often find it hard to keep up with conversations, especially in noisy environments or when multiple people are speaking, this might be a sign of hearing loss.

Frequently asking people to repeat themselves: If you regularly ask others to repeat what they said or feel that people are mumbling, this could indicate a decline in your hearing ability.

Turning up the volume: Needing to turn the volume up higher than what others find comfortable when watching television or listening to music can be a sign of hearing difficulty.

Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds: Trouble with hearing high-pitched noises, such as children's voices, doorbells, or birds chirping, may suggest high-frequency hearing loss.

Ringing in the ears: Known as tinnitus, a ringing or other noise in the ears can sometimes accompany hearing loss.

Trouble hearing on the phone: If understanding calls is becoming increasingly difficult, despite a good signal and volume control, hearing loss might be the cause.

Misunderstanding conversations: When you misunderstand what others are saying, especially 's' or 'f' sounds, which can change the meaning of words, and it happens frequently, this could be a sign of hearing impairment.

Feeling exhausted after social interactions: Constantly straining to hear and interpret speech can be mentally fatiguing. If you feel unusually tired after social events, it might be because of the extra effort you need to put into hearing.

Withdrawal from social situations: Avoiding social gatherings because it's hard to hear can be a strong indication that your hearing isn't as good as it once was.

Family or friends notice: Sometimes, family members or close friends might notice your hearing difficulties before you do.

 

Yes, hearing aids can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals with hearing loss. They offer various benefits, including:

Improving Communication: Hearing aids can help you better understand conversations, reducing the need to ask for repetitions.

Increasing Confidence: As communication becomes easier, many users feel more confident during social interactions.

Reducing Mental Fatigue: Straining to hear can be exhausting. Hearing aids can alleviate this strain, making it easier to follow conversations without getting tired.

Enhancing Safety: Hearing aids can help you hear alarms, traffic, and other important sounds more clearly, improving your overall safety.

Improving Relationships: Better hearing allows for more meaningful interactions with family and friends, which can strengthen relationships.

Expanding Social Life: With improved hearing, you might find it less stressful to participate in various social activities, thus reducing social withdrawal.

Enjoying Entertainment: You can enjoy music, movies, and TV at normal volume levels, which is also a courtesy to others who might be bothered by high volume levels.

Better Performance at Work: Improved hearing can lead to better communication with colleagues and clients, potentially impacting your productivity and success at work.

Reducing Tinnitus Perception: While they are not a cure for tinnitus, hearing aids can mask the ringing or buzzing by amplifying other sounds.

Improving Cognitive Function: There is evidence to suggest that treating hearing loss with hearing aids may slow down cognitive decline associated with hearing impairment.

Two hearing aids, also called binaural hearing is far more effective if required than a single aid. Binaural hearing allows you to locate sounds correctly, help improve balance and hear better in noisy areas. Advanced technology in hearing aids use binaural synchronization to improve speech in noise and help to remove unwanted and annoying background sounds.

Adjusting to hearing aids is a highly individual experience and varies from person to person. Typically, the adjustment period can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Here are some factors that can influence the duration of this adjustment period:

Degree and Duration of Hearing Loss: Those with mild hearing loss may adjust more quickly than those with severe loss. Similarly, if you've lived with untreated hearing loss for many years, it may take longer to adapt to the new sounds that you're hearing with hearing aids.

Age and Dexterity: Older adults may need more time to adjust, especially if they find it challenging to handle and care for their hearing aids due to dexterity issues.

Brain Plasticity: Your brain's ability to adapt to new sounds and make sense of them can affect how quickly you adjust to hearing aids.

Type of Hearing Aids: The model and features of your hearing aids can influence the ease of adjustment. For some, advanced features that help with background noise and directional audio can make the transition smoother.

Consistency of Use: The more consistently you wear your hearing aids, the quicker your adjustment period will generally be. It's usually recommended to wear them during all your waking hours to expedite the process.

Follow-up Care and Support: Working with an audiologist or hearing aid specialist for follow-up care is crucial. They can make necessary adjustments and provide support and counseling.

Attitude and Motivation: A positive outlook and strong motivation to improve hearing can contribute to a faster and more successful adaptation process.

During this adaptation period, it is not uncommon to experience a range of sensations, such as:

  • Feeling that your own voice sounds strange or "boomy."
  • Sensitivity to loud noises or finding everyday sounds overwhelming.
  • Difficulty distinguishing background noise from speech.

Audiologists often recommend a gradual approach to wearing new hearing aids, starting with just a few hours a day in quiet environments and slowly increasing both the duration and complexity of the sound environment. Regular check-ins with your audiologist can help you navigate these challenges and adjust the hearing aid settings as needed to improve your comfort and acclimation.

The price of a hearing aid will vary depending on the level of technology selected. The better the technology, the better ability you will have hearing in difficult situations. The higher level of technology will also help to remove unwanted annoying sounds like wind and machine noise. Many clinics inflate their prices of hearing aids significantly and then offer discounts. At our clinic we believe in more transparent pricing and our prices range from $1800-$4000 per hearing aid. 

Hearing aids come in a variety of styles and sizes.

RITE Style: The most popular style of aid in recent years has been the RITE. RITE stands for "Receiver In The Ear" and allows the body of the hearing aid to be smaller because the speaker is removed from the actually aid and put directly in the ear. Having the speaker in the ear is great because then there is no need for bulky tubing and molds and the hearing aid becomes almost invisible. RITE style aids are light and comfortable and easy to clean and repair in the office. 

BTE Style: People with significant hearing loss require more power and volume and BTE's or "Behind The Ear" hearing aids have the biggest range of volume and power compared to any other style. Although RITE's with Power Molds attached are coming much closer to being able to match the output of BTE's and can be considerably smaller than there BTE counterparts. BTE's require a mold in the ear and tubing that connects to the earhook which is a good choose for people with oily waxy canals or troubles with moisture in the ears and helps prevent breakdowns. 

Custom Style: Custom hearing aids, also reffered to as ITE's or "In The Ear" come in a variety of sizes and have different acronym's to describe them including ITC, CIC and IIC's. You may also see them classified as Full Shell, Half Shell, Canal, Completely in the Canal and Invisible in the Canal. Custom aids are all limited to the size of the person ear canal. It may be impossible for person with significant hearing loss to have a small CIC because all the components take up too much space and wouldn't fit. The biggest benefit of custom aids is that there only in the ear and tend to be more secure and less chances of interfering with glasses, masks or wearing oxygen. 

Hearing aids will improve your ability to hear speech and sounds in all areas. However hearing aids will not restore the natural functioning of your ear. Unfortuntley as we grow older not only does our ability to hear certain sounds and pitches decreases, our brains take longer to process information and we lose the ability to stay focused for longer periods of time and concentration ability decreases. Using hearing aids does help to improve focus, concentration and processing power but can't make you hear like you are 18 years old again. 

Typical most regular traditional disposable batteries will last about 4-7 days before needing to be replaced. Advancements in rechargeable batteries have come along way in recent years. Hearing aids with rechargeable batteries just need to be plugged in every night and will last all day and more and are very easy to use and handle. 

The biggest side effects to wearing hearing aids are generally positive as described above and can greatly improve your quality of life. Some people with sensitive skin can experience itchy ears, which can be easily helped. Tighter fitting aids like custom molds may cause some soreness in canal but can be modified and adjusted to be more comfortable. At first certain loud sounds may be to loud but is some that can be adjusted for in the office as well. 

Yes, hearing aids can often help manage tinnitus. Tinnitus is a condition characterized by the perception of sound, like a ringing or buzzing, in the absence of an external noise source. While hearing aids do not cure tinnitus, they can be part of an effective management strategy for several reasons:

Increased Auditory Stimulation: Hearing aids amplify background sounds, thereby increasing auditory stimulation. This can help reduce the contrast between the tinnitus sound and the silence, making the tinnitus less noticeable.

Masking: Hearing aids can help mask the sound of tinnitus by amplifying external sounds that can make the tinnitus less prominent in the user's auditory perception.

Improved Communication: Tinnitus often accompanies hearing loss. By improving overall hearing, hearing aids can reduce the strain of listening and the perception of tinnitus, especially during conversations.

Tinnitus Management Features: Some modern hearing aids come with specific tinnitus therapy features, such as tinnitus maskers that create white noise or other sounds to help mask tinnitus symptoms.

Reduction of Stress: Difficulty hearing can cause stress and fatigue, which can worsen tinnitus. By improving the ease of listening, hearing aids can help reduce stress related to communication, potentially lessening the impact of tinnitus.

It's important to note that the effectiveness of hearing aids in managing tinnitus varies by individual. A person’s specific type and pitch of tinnitus, the presence and degree of hearing loss, and individual lifestyle factors all influence how much relief hearing aids may provide.

Using hearing aids as part of a broader tinnitus management program, often advised by an audiologist or hearing specialist, can be quite beneficial. Techniques might include sound therapy, counseling, and stress management, among others. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment and management strategy for your tinnitus.