What causes hearing loss?
The most common form of hearing loss is sensorineural loss, often called “nerve loss”. This happens when the inner ear does not properly transmit signals to the brain. Hearing loss can be caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises, heredity, certain illnesses and medications, and the body’s natural physical evolution. This type of hearing loss can be helped by the use of hearing aids.
How common is hearing loss?
One of every 11 Americans currently has some degree of hearing loss. For those aged 65 or older, the ratio is almost one in three.
If I have a hearing loss, can hearing aids help?
Yes, definitely! Your audiologist can determine if hearing aids are an option or if you should see an Ear, Nose and Throat physician.
What are Digital Hearing aids?
Digital hearing aids use a microprocessor (computer) chip as the central component. The processor helps to determine which sounds need amplification and those that do not. Digital hearing aids are sophisticated enough to help the wearer hear better even when in background noise.
Will I need two hearing aids?
If you have hearing loss in both ears it is most beneficial to be fit with two hearing aids. We have two ears for a reason and that is to help us localize to sounds and when in adverse listening environments to help to focus on the sounds we want to pay attention to.