How do I know if I have a hearing loss?  
  A comprehensive hearing test will determine if you have hearing loss as well as the degree and nature of your loss.  
  Do I need to wear a hearing aid in both ears?  
  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.  
  What are the different kinds of hearing loss?  
  There are three primary types of hearing loss:  
  1.  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.  
  2.  Sensori-neural 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.  
  3.  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 sensori-neural hearing loss.  
  What types of hearing aids are available?  
  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, land line phones, and television directly through the hearing aids. There are many different types and styles of hearing aids from very small completely in the canal hearing aids to receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids which consist of a small hearing device attached by a wire receiver that inserts into the ear canal. Most of these products are almost completely invisible.  
  Does insurance cover hearing aids?  
  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.  
  What can I expect from hearing aids?  
  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 signal, 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.  
  Are there other ways my hearing aids can help me stay connected to the world?  
  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, land line 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.  
  Are there other devices that can help a hearing impaired person?  
  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, infra-red 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.  

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