Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
At United Hearing Healthcare, we understand the many questions our patients may have regarding hearing aids and hearing healthcare. That is why we have created a list of some of our most frequently asked questions to help our patients better understand and better educate themselves on hearing aids and hearing healthcare.
How Do I Know if I Have Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss often occurs so gradually that the individual may not be aware of a problem. In fact, it is not uncommon for a hearing loss to be first detected by a family member, who is having to speak louder or repeat themselves. Early signs of hearing loss include:
- Turning the TV or radio volume louder than other family members prefer.
- Difficulty understanding speech in a background of noise, such as in restaurants.
- More difficulty hearing children and women than men.
- Difficulty hearing in meetings.
- Difficulty hearing at public speaking events.
- Ringing in the ear(s) when no external sound is present.
- Having things repeated frequently.
- Difficulty hearing people “with low voices.”
How Much are Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids can range from around $1,000 to $5,000 an aid depending on hearing loss and the technology needed to give our patients the most benefits for their hearing lifestyles.
For greater detail and more information on the costs of hearing aids please visit our hearing aid costs page.
Which Type of Hearing Aid is Best for Me?
The hearing aids that would work best for you depends on the kind and severity of your hearing loss. If you have a hearing loss in both of your ears, two hearing aids are generally recommended because two aids provide a more natural signal to the brain. Hearing aids in both ears will also help you understand speech better and allow you to locate the source of the sound.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a common disorder affecting over 50 million people in the United States. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, buzzing or clicking. Tinnitus is not actually a disease, but a symptom of another underlying condition of the ear, auditory nerve or another influencing factor. Tinnitus can be intermittent or constant, with single or multiple tones. The perceived volume can range from very soft to extremely loud and maybe recurrent or constant.
For greater detail and more information on Tinnitus please visit this page.
Do Hearing Aids Restore Your Hearing?
While Hearing Aids can help people regain some of their lost hearing through better hearing aids and sound amplification, they cannot completely restore a person’s hearing abilities.
That said, hearing aids are constantly being improved to provide better quality hearing experiences and to make them lighter, more comfortable and less visible. How much a hearing aid can help a person regain their hearing ability is largely dependent on the type and extent of the hearing loss.
What are the Different Types of Hearing Aids?
There are three main hearing aid types:
BTE Hearing Aids – These devices are worn with the hearing aid on top of and behind the ear. All of the parts are in the case at the back of the ear, and they are joined to the ear canal with a sound tube and a custom mold or tip.
ITE Hearing Aids – These are custom-made devices; all of the electronics sit in a device that fits in your ear. They come in many sizes including CIC (Completely in Canal) and IIC (Invisible in Canal).
RIC RITE Hearing Aids – These devices are similar in concept to BTE hearing aids, with the exception that the receiver (the speaker) has been removed from the case that sits at the back of the ear. It is fitted in your ear canal or ear and connected to the case of the hearing aid with a thin wire.
Are There Different Types of Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is categorized into one of four types:
Conductive hearing loss – where there is an interruption of the travel of sound through any part of the ear
Sensorineural hearing loss – where there has been damage to the inner ear or the nerve that connects the ear and brain
Mixed hearing loss – where the hearing loss is caused by a blend of conductive and sensorineural factors
Auditory neuropathy – where your inner ear functions in all the ways that it should to detect a sound, but cannot successfully transmit that sound to the brain
What Causes Hearing Loss?
The most common causes of hearing loss are:
- Congenital hearing loss (present at birth or soon after birth)
- Jaundice or lack of oxygen at birth
- Genetic (inherited) disorders
- Middle-ear infections
- Illnesses such as Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Meningitis or Meniere’s Disease
- Major infections
- Exposure to loud noise
- A head injury or trauma
- Exposure to certain chemicals and/or medications that cause damage to the ears
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