Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of our frequently asked questions about hearing health. Our highly trained audiologists are committed to help you live better through better hearing.
If I have hearing loss in both ears, do I need one or two hearing aids?
If you have hearing loss in both ears, you will benefit from having a hearing aid for each ear. Wearing a hearing aid in each ear will help you localize or determine where sounds are coming from in the environment and will increase your ability to understand speech in noisy environments.
Why is it that I can hear people talking, but I can’t understand what they are saying?
If you find yourself hearing people talk, but experiencing difficulty understanding the words clearly, it is likely that you have hearing loss. It is common to lose the ability to hear high pitch sounds (consonants), yet still hearing the low pitch sounds (vowels). This type of hearing loss results in the inability to understand speech clearly and can be even worse when in noisy environments such as a restaurant or party.
Do hearing aids help with tinnitus?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be caused by a number of factors, one of which is hearing loss. Although there is not one solution in particular that will help with tinnitus, in some cases hearing aids have been known to help mask the unwanted ringing. Hearing aids do not stop the tinnitus or ringing.
Will hearing aids help me hear better in noise?
Most hearing aids dispensed today have multiple microphones, which allows the hearing aid to constantly analyze background noise levels. The hearing aid will then adjust speech accordingly and provide the best signal to noise ratio possible. Older model hearing aids simply made all sounds louder which was difficult for the wearer to tolerate. With advanced digital technology, hearing aids are able to do a better job and not amplify the background noise while enhancing speech signals. This allows the wearer to understand speech better in the presence of noise.
Do hearing aids help on the telephone?
Hearing aids do help you hear better on the telephone. Our latest technology utilizes Blue Tooth connectivity for use with cell phones. Additionally hearing aids can be equipped with a telecoil to allow amplification of ONLY the signal coming from the phone without amplifying the noise in the room. This would allow the listener to hear over the telephone, even when in a noisy area.
Will hearing aids help me hear the TV better?
Hearing aids will help you hear the television better. While wearing your hearing aids you should be able to set the television volume at a comfortable listening level for others and still hear if comfortably.
What’s the life of a hearing aid? How long will they last?
Typically, with proper cleaning and maintenance, the life of a hearing aid is about 3 to 5 years. Annual hearing tests are recommended to determine if your current hearing aids remain within the appropriate prescription range. Life style changes may also lead to recommendations to obtain new hearing aids.
Which is better, earbuds or headphones?
In terms of comfort, earbuds can offer a more custom fit than standard earphones since most earbuds come with inter-changeable tip sizes. This snug fit can also help keep out background noise which, in turn, allows you to enjoy the music at a safer volume level. It should be mentioned that both products can be damaging to your hearing should you turn the listening device up to very loud levels.
Do iPods really cause hearing loss?
When used properly, iPods do not cause hearing loss. However, hearing loss can and does occur when listening at high volume levels for extended periods of time. iPods are capable of putting out volume in excess of 100dB when set at maximum volume settings. Listening at this level for as little as 10-15 minutes can cause irreversible damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear. When listening to your iPod at or less than 50% the maximum volume, you can listen as long as you like without causing damage to your hearing. However, if you listen at 70-80% of maximum volume, it is best to limit your exposure to about 60-90 minutes a day.
As with any type of MP3 player, it is important to remember that hearing loss caused from too much noise exposure damages the inner ear, or the part of the ear that has specialized hair cells that lose their function if they have repeated overexposure to high levels of sound for too long. There are many factors that should be taken into account, like the length of time, the level of sound, and even genetics.