FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

There's a lot of curiosity out there, and yet a sense of general hesitancy when it comes to understanding hearing loss. Hopefully we can break the ice by answering a few questions that we get regularly at our Pearl River office.

Q. I have a family member with hearing loss and communication is getting difficult. What can I do?

Be patient, relax and repeat.
Offer to help them look over hearing loss options.
Take your time speaking and speak clearly.
Speak to them from the same room.

Q. What causes hearing loss?

Hearing loss can be caused by multiple factors. One main cause can be exposure to loud noise, especially if the noise is repetitive. It can also be caused by the normal aging process of the ear (presbycusis). Hearing loss can be hereditary and related to other health problems such as diabetes or kidney disease.


Q. Can I just get one hearing aid even though I have hearing loss in both ears?

Hearing loss generally occurs in both ears. When there is hearing loss in both ears, it is best to wear a device on both ears. This is because the brain uses cues from the ears to determine where sounds are coming from and how far away they are by comparing the input it receives from both ears. Research has proven that two ears are better than one!


Q. How much do hearing aids cost?

There is a range of hearing aid technology and amplification to fit every budget. Good quality instruments generally range from $1,200-$3,500 per ear and have a life expectancy of 4-5 years of daily use on average. Lifestyle, budget, the type and degree of hearing loss will all determine what kind of hearing aid is recommended.



Q. Will my hearing loss progress?

Yes, hearing loss typically progresses with age. It is beneficial to have your hearing tested regularly to monitor the progression and severity of the hearing loss and its effects on your communication and quality of life.



HEARING MYTHS

Hearing loss and hearing aid technology can be misunderstood topics, and there are a lot of assumptions out there. See below for our answers to some recurring hearing myths.


Myth: If I had a hearing loss, my doctor would have told me.

Always ask your primary care physician to check your hearing on every physical, as most of them do not do this on a routine basis. Most ENTs do not check unless you are referred. Always seek out a hearing professional if you have doubts about your hearing.


Myth: Hearing aids don’t help in noisy environments.

New technology can help you do just that! Hearing technology have advanced significantly in recent years and hearing better in noisy environments is an issue many manufacturers specifically tackle.


Myth: Hearing aids are all bulky and beige.

Not anymore! Newer and smaller hearing aids come in a variety of colors, and are made to have a more sleek appearance.

ADAPTING TO HEARING AIDS

Be determined and make a commitment to your new way of hearing. It is important that you use the instruments consistently because it will help you adapt faster. The best way to start is in a quiet environment and gradually build to noisier environments when you are ready. Remember, things should sound different! Many people adapt very quickly to new hearing aids, while others take a bit longer and can even feel a little overwhelmed.

Be patient and focus on the pleasant sounds you are hearing that you couldn't before. If certain sounds become more apparent and bothersome, know they will fade into the background with practice and patience. To help adapt to the new way your voice sounds, it is often helpful to read or sing out loud. Jot down what is working well for you as well as any sound or situation that is bothersome so Tracy Barber can address these at your first follow-up appointment.

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HELPFUL LINKS

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