It is important for you to establish reasonable expectations from your hearing aids. Acquiring hearing aids is not a simple act of going to a store and purchasing a product. It is a complex process and one that evolves over time. Your expectations should be based on you, your type and degree of hearing loss, your past experiences, and the improvements you personally receive from amplification.
Approximately 3 in 1,000 babies are born with permanent hearing loss, making hearing loss the most common birth defect in America. Children with hearing loss who begin intervention earlier, including using hearing aids and attending speech therapy, have significantly better developmental outcomes than other children with hearing loss who begin intervention later. There is no known medical or surgical treatment that will restore normal hearing in children with permanent hearing loss. Therefore, we rely on rehabilitation through the use of a hearing aid or cochlear implant and specialized listening therapy, or aural rehabilitation.
Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound which is reported by patients that is unrelated to an external source of stimulation. Tinnitus is a very common disorder.
ALDs can increase the loudness of desired sounds, such as a radio, television, or a public speaker, without increasing the loudness of the background noises.
Results of the audiometric evaluation are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness is plotted from top to bottom. Frequency, from low to high, is plotted from left to right.
Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. Hearing challenges can begin to present themselves based upon your hearing health history, including exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (birth or prenatal) or hereditary factors, as well as a number of other causes.
Audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. An Audiologist is a person who holds a minimum of a Masters degree in Audiology.
Hearing loss is described by varying degrees, not percentages. Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe or profound and vary across pitches. It can be temporary or permanent. It is determined by a simple hearing test as the amount of volume loss you experience compared to an average of many other adult listeners with normal auditory systems.