Frequently Asked Questions
How can I recognize hearing problems?
- More often than not, hearing loss comes on very gradually, with no obvious symptoms, discomfort or pain. In the beginning, family members often learn to adapt to someone’s hearing loss, but over time recognize that something has changed with you. Recognizing the signs of hearing loss can be as simple as answering the following questions:
Yes No Do you often feel you can hear people talking but can’t understand whats being said?
Yes No Do you experience difficulty understanding in a group or crowd?
Yes No Do you experience difficulty understanding on the telephone?
Yes No Have you ever been told that you listen to the television too loud?
Yes No Have you ever been told you missed hearing the phone ring?
Yes No Do you have ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears?
Yes No Do you often ask people to repeat themselves?
Yes No Do you have problems hearing women’s voices or your grandchildren?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you likely are suffering from some form of hearing loss.
Conductive: Is typically the result of obstructions in the ear such as wax or physiological problems to the mechanics of the eardrum or small bones of the middle ear. In some cases these issues can be treated medically or surgically.
Mixed: A combination of sensorineural and conductive.
Tinnitus: Ringing or buzzing in the ear(s) is often associated with hearing loss. Many individuals suffer from these sounds and it can range from barely noticeable to extremely annoying. 80% of patients who have ringing and wear hearing instruments indicate a significant reduction in the sensation while wearing the devices. 15% of patients indicate that the hearing instruments made noticeable reductions to the ringing sensation, while 5% say there was no measurable benefit. So the vast majority of hearing instrument wearers enjoyed the reduced ringing sensation by wearing their hearing aids daily.
- Auditory Deprivation occurs when the brain does not receive transmissions because of damage to the cochlea. This ultimately causes the brain to forget how to understand those electrical impulses sent from the cochlea that we interpret as sound.
- Untreated hearing loss may increase your risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia (Archives of Neurology Feb. 2012)
- Mild hearing loss linked to brain atrophy in older adults (Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Aug. 2011)
- Hearing Loss is twice as common in adults with diabetes (Annals of Internal Medicine July 2008)
- Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
- General communication
- Sense of control over your life
- Social participation
- Perception of mental functioning
- Emotional stability
- Communication in relationships
- Personal safety issues