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Hearing FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are common signs of hearing loss?

Some common signs of hearing loss include:
  • Asking people to repeat frequently
  • Thinking that other people sound muffled or like they’re mumbling
  • Having difficulty communicating in noisy situations
  • Having trouble with women’s and children’s voices
  • Turning the TV or radio up to a high volume
  • Ringing, buzzing or other noise in your ears
  • Reading lips or watching people’s faces when they speak
  • Feeling stressed, annoyed, embarrassed or nervous when trying to follow conversation
  • Withdrawing from social situations you once enjoyed
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What causes hearing loss?

Hearing impairment can be hereditary. It can also be related to medications that are harmful to the hearing system, diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems. Exposure to loud noise can cause hearing impairment as well. However, most hearing impairment is just a natural part of the aging process.

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Isn’t hearing loss something that happens to old people?

There are about 3.5 million people with hearing impairment. Of those, 65% are under the age of 65! There are more than 6 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss and more than a million are school age. Hearing loss affects all age groups.

If you have any concerns about your hearing, let the experienced professionals at The Hearing Center evaluate your hearing. A thorough hearing evaluation can detect a hearing loss and identify the type and degree of the impairment.

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Wouldn’t my family doctor have told me if I have a hearing loss?

Not necessarily. Only about 13% of physicians routinely screen for hearing impairment during a physical. Since most people with hearing impairment hear well in a quiet environment like a doctor's office, it can be virtually impossible for your physician to recognize the extent of your problem. Without special training, and an understanding of the nature of hearing loss, it may be difficult for your doctor to even realize that you have a hearing problem.

If you have any concerns about your hearing, let the experienced professionals at The Hearing Center evaluate your hearing. A thorough hearing evaluation can detect a hearing loss and identify the type and degree of the impairment.

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My hearing loss is probably just normal for my age, right?

This is a strange way to look at things, but well-meaning doctors tell this to their patients every day. It happens to be "normal" for overweight people to have high blood pressure. That doesn't mean they should not receive treatment for the problem.

Hearing technology can help by amplifying sounds in the pitch range of an individual’s hearing loss. The audiologists at The Hearing Center will be happy to discuss the appropriate technology for your individual needs.

Won’t hearing aids make me look older?

Untreated hearing loss is far more noticeable than hearing aids. If you miss a punch line to a joke, or respond inappropriately in conversation, people may have concerns about your mental acuity, your attention span or your ability to communicate effectively. The personal consequences of vanity can be life altering. Fortunately, for those with cosmetic concerns, many of today’s hearing aid styles are virtually invisible. Your Hearing Center audiologist will help you find a style that’s perfect for you.

Why do my ears ring?

Tinnitus is the perception of a sound that has no external source. Some of the more common sounds reported are ringing, humming, buzzing, and cricket chirps. It can be constant or intermittent and is heard in one ear, both ears or in the head. Tinnitus is usually accompanied by hearing loss. Because tinnitus can be a symptom of a more serious disorder, it is important to have an appropriate evaluation by an audiologist. Our professionals at The Hearing Center can evaluate your hearing as well as your tinnitus. Additionally, our team of physicians at ENT Associates can assist you if medical attention is needed.

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I have trouble in situations like listening to the TV or talking on the phone, will a hearing aid help?

If you are frustrated by trying to communicate in these situations, The Hearing Center may have a solution for you. It is possible to stream the sound from the TV or cell phone directly into hearing aids. This allows you to eliminate the background noise in a room so you can hear just the sound from the TV or your phone. You can have the phone ring directly into your hearing aids and use them as a hands free device with your Bluetooth phone. Schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists for a free demonstration or discussion of this technology.

Does insurance cover hearing aids?

Most hearing technology is not covered by insurance, but there are some insurance policies that do provide a benefit. Please contact your insurance provider regarding the details of your policy.

How do I choose a hearing aid?

Hearing technology is available with a wide variety of functions and styles. At The Hearing Center, each of our certified audiologists holds either a master’s or a doctorate degree in Audiology. They are highly -trained and experienced in the testing, diagnosis and treatment of hearing impairment. They will work with you to help you select the device that best suits your hearing needs, your lifestyle, your budget and your hearing preferences. Call to schedule your hearing evaluation and free hearing aid consultation with one of our audiologists.

How do I know if hearing aids will work for me?

It may take some time to get used to hearing aids. Our trial hearing aid program allows you to experience the latest in hearing technology with no obligation to purchase. You can try the hearing aids for 30 days and return them for a refund if you are not satisfied.

How long do hearing aids last?

Most hearing devices are replaced every 5-6 years due to improvements in hearing aid technology and increased cost of hearing aid repairs.