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Most of us are used to hearing in stereo, which means we hear from both ears. Our clarity of speech is improved when the brain processes information received from two ears.
Therefore, when possible, two hearing aids are recommended. Not everyone can or wishes to wear two hearing aids so this is a decision that will be made by you and your audiologist.
If you have questions about audiology, hearing loss, and hearing aids, you're not alone. Hearing aid technology has changed a lot over the past decades, and new developments have made it possible to treat a wide variety of hearing problems.
If you suspect you have a hearing problem, please contact Northern Audiology Associates. Our experienced audiologists can diagnose the problem and let you know about your options.
Be sure to mention our website to receive complimentary hearing aid batteries with the purchase of any new hearing aid.
Some insurance companies do cover hearing aids or a portion of the cost. Medicare does not cover hearing aids. Each individual insurance policy may vary.
A comprehensive hearing test will determine if you have hearing loss as well as the degree and nature of your loss. Please call us at 561-742-7559 to schedule your hearing test.
There are three primary types of hearing loss:
Conductive hearing loss: A conductive hearing loss results from a problem with the conduction of sound from the outer ear (the part you can see) to the inner ear (where the nerve is located). This can result from wax buildup, ear infections, trauma of the ear, or other problem with the eardrum or bones that conduct sound through the middle ear. Those with this type of loss have a problem with volume rather than clarity. This type of loss can often be treated medically to improve or correct the problem.
Sensorineural hearing loss: This type of loss involves some sort of deterioration or damage to the inner ear or the hearing nerve. The aging process, noise exposure, medications, illness, genetics, and other degenerative processes could cause this loss. This type of hearing loss is not medically reversible and often impairs a person’s clarity.
Mixed hearing loss: This hearing loss occurs when there is a problem in the inner ear and outer or middle ear. It's a combination of a conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
Today’s technology has advanced to the point that most products are digital. This means that they have a computer chip that is programmed and adjusted for a person’s specific hearing loss. This helps to provide a clearer speech signal and many digital aids are a superior option for those individuals who have difficulty hearing in noisy environments.
Many products can communicate with each other so that both ears work together to provide a better speech signal, enhanced performance in noisy environments, and better directionality.
Some hearing aids are wirelessly compatible to stream cell phones, landline phones, and television directly through the hearing aids. There are many different types and styles of hearing aids. They range from very small completely in the canal hearing aids to receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids consisting of a small hearing device attached by a wire receiver that inserts into the ear canal. Most of these products are almost completely invisible.
Hearing aids typically enable you to hear other people without them needing to shout or repeat themselves during conversations. Sounds that you may not have heard for a long time like the clock ticking, car directional signals, birds chirping, and many more, will be audible. You may notice a significant improvement in your ability to hear in noisy situations such as restaurants, meetings, and other social gatherings.
There have been numerous innovations in cutting-edge technology that can make hearing in most situations more effortless and easy. Many hearing aids come with a range of accessories that can be obtained to enable you to wirelessly listen through both ears on cell phones, landline phones, television, iPods, and many other devices.
Imagine being able to listen to your phone through both hearing aids and never having to hold a phone up to your ear. Imagine being able to walk from room to room in your house and still be able to hear your television program directly through your hearing aids.
YES! There is a wide variety of assistive listening devices available for a host of different needs. Just a few examples of these are telephone amplifiers and text phones, closed caption TV decoders, infrared listening systems, and vibrating alarm clocks and light alarms for the doorbell. We can help you find the one right for you based on your needs.
Call now to schedule your appointment with Northern Audiology Associates for all your hearing needs!