Learn more about hearing aids and hearing loss.
Hearing aids and hearing loss can seem overwhelming when you don’t have the right person to talk to. At Debra Trees Audiology Associates, we have the knowledge and experience to help you with all of your hearing needs. Teaching our patients about their hearing health is one of our priorities as a practice. We want you to feel knowledgeable and in control of your hearing loss. That’s why we will give you the right resources for your success.
Facts About Hearing
When it comes to your hearing health, it’s important to understand the facts about hearing loss and hearing aids. Understanding the difference between hearing myths and facts will help you to better understand your own hearing health and to better take care of your hearing for the future. Below are some hearing facts to help you better understand your hearing health.
Hearing loss is 54% more common in people with heart disease. Hearing loss can often be caused by another underlying health condition such as heart disease. Those who have heart disease are at an increased risk of developing hearing loss as well. It’s important to have your hearing evaluated by an audiologist regularly and to go in for regular check-ups with your physician to ensure your overall health is in check.
Hearing aids can slow cognitive decline. Studies have suggested that people who use hearing aids at the first signs of hearing loss have a lesser decline in cognitive processing than those who wait to get hearing aids. With better hearing through hearing aids you can keep your brain active and healthy.
Hearing loss affects 3 million children in the United States alone. Many children and young adults under the age of 19 have some degree of hearing loss. Depending on the age of your child, hearing loss can go undetected if you don’t know the signs. The sooner you get your child treatment for their hearing loss the less it will impact their comprehension and speech skills.
Hearing aids will help you with more than just your hearing. Today’s hearing aids are designed to give you a seamless listening experience. Some hearing aids have Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to stream phone calls, music, and TV audio straight to your hearing aids. Many hearing aids can also be connected and controlled through an app on your smartphone. This way you can track your hearing progress, battery life, and more!
Tinnitus is extremely common. About 10-15% of adults experience ringing in their ears (tinnitus). On average, 50 million Americans experience symptoms of buzzing, hissing, ringing, or whistling noises in their ears.
Below are some common questions patients ask us about hearing aids and hearing loss. If you have a question you don’t see answered here, then contact us today. We would be happy to discuss your hearing health with you and to schedule you for an appointment.
Communication is a two-way street. Even if you don’t think you have hearing loss, your family feels you are not able to communicate as well as you once did. Hearing loss happens gradually, so you may not even know what you aren’t hearing. If your family is suggesting you have your hearing checked, then you most likely have hearing loss and should come in for an appointment.
There are three main types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. The most common type of hearing loss is sensorineural which affects the hair cells within the inner which help us to hear. Conductive hearing loss is often due to infection, a tear in the eardrum, or earwax blockage. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive. The best way to determine what type of hearing loss you have is to come in for a hearing test.
When properly cared for, hearing aids typically last for 3-5 years. When brought in for regular cleanings and appointments your hearing aids could last you for longer. Some patients like to upgrade their hearing aids around 3-5 years in order to take advantage of the newer technology and features. Hearing aids are an investment and they will last you for many years to come.
Hearing aid batteries can last anywhere from 5-14 days depending on how much you use your hearing aids. Many patients enjoy the convenience of rechargeable hearing aids which have a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Rechargeable hearing aids are a perfect solution for those who don’t want to worry about changing hearing aid batteries or constantly buying new batteries.
Yes, with Bluetooth connective hearing aids you can. Bluetooth hearing aids can connect to your smartphone so you can stream phone calls, music, and other audio directly to your hearing aids. Bluetooth hearing aids are a great option for those who enjoy phone conversations as you can talk hands-free.
Hearing aids will not restore your hearing back to what it was before you had hearing loss, but they will help you to hear significantly better. Hearing aids are designed to help you hear clearer and automatically adjust to your listening environments. With hearing aids you will be able to hear sounds you’ve forgotten about and will improve your communication skills.