Advanced Hearing Aid Center FAQ's

If you often find yourself asking people to repeat themselves, or rely on someone close to you to repeat what others say- then you might want to take a look at Advanced Hearing Aid Center FAQ's to get answers about why and how to help these common problems.

I think I may have some hearing loss, but I’m not sure. What are the common signs?

Hearing loss has some telltale signs that include asking others to repeat themselves, turning up the T.V. or radio to a volume that is unpleasant for others and having difficulty hearing conversations when there is background noise. Other signs of hearing loss include others voices sounding muffled or having difficulty identifying the direction of sounds.

What are the causes of hearing loss?

Typical causes of hearing loss are the natural aging process, excessive exposure to noise, medication that is toxic to the auditory system, and head injuries. In such cases, the tiny hair cells in the cochlea are damaged, obstructing the transfer of sound signals to the brain. Most of the time, this damage cannot be reversed medically but the adverse effects can be overcome, to a large degree, with hearing instruments.

How does a hearing test access my hearing loss?

The results of your hearing test are recorded in a chart called an audiogram. By looking at your audiogram, we can tell which ear you hear better in, as well as how mild or severe your hearing loss is. We can also determine the frequencies at which you hear best and worst. The word tests will indicate test reliability and/or where in the hearing system you may have problems.

old couple smilingThe results of your hearing test are recorded in a chart called an audiogram. By looking at your audiogram, we can tell which ear you hear better in, as well as how mild or severe your hearing loss is. We can also determine the frequencies at which you hear best and worst. The word tests will indicate test reliability and/or where in the hearing system you may have problems.

This is perhaps the most common question hearing professionals are asked. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. Instead, focus your question on, "What is the best hearing aid for me?"

There are several quality hearing aid manufacturers and most provide comparable technology at wide price ranges. Over the past several years, significant advances with hearing aid technology have resulted in the highest levels of patient satisfaction ever recorded. Selecting the best hearing aid involves at least four main factors:

  • The quality and experience of the hearing professional
  • The results of the hearing test
  • A thorough discussion and understanding of your lifestyle and hearing needs
  • What style of hearing aid is desired by the wearer

Factor #1 can't be emphasized enough. It is crucial to seek guidance by a hearing professional during this process.

Is it better to have two hearing aids or can I get away with only one?

In most cases, it's better to have two hearing aids. Each hearing aid can be adjusted for your ear with more or less hearing loss. Wearing two (binaural) hearing aids allows more information to reach your brain and makes it easier to hear speech against background noise.

You'll have more balanced hearing with two hearing aids, preventing the need to turn your head toward the sound if you're wearing only one. Wearing two hearing aids means neither of the devices needs to be turned up as loudly as when you're wearing just one. That should prevent some feedback.

What else is there to consider?

Be honest with yourself: wearing a hearing aid is much less noticeable than is constantly asking people to repeat themselves or responding to a question with an unrelated answer. The truth is that a well-fitted hearing aid can greatly minimize many problems that go along with hearing loss, such as difficulty understanding conversations or hearing timers and beepers. And they can help combat feelings of social isolation. If your hearing loss affects your ability to communicate with others or makes you feel self-conscious, it may be time for a hearing aid.