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Q. What are the signs or symptoms of hearing loss?

The most common signs or symptoms of hearing loss include frequently asking people to repeat themselves or frequently asking for clarification when speaking with someone. Hearing loss can be a condition that gets worse over time, which makes it difficult to determine when medical intervention is necessary. If you often have difficulty understanding in social situations, or you avoid meeting friends or calling family because it’s difficult to hear, you may have hearing loss.

Q. What are the major types of hearing loss?

There are three major types of hearing loss. These types differ based on the source of the problem and what the treatment options are. Remember, if you feel you may have hearing loss, it’s important to make an appointment. At Labyrinth Audiology, we have experience treating all three major types of hearing loss. We can diagnose your condition with hearing testing and explain your treatment options.

Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to structures in the inner ear including the hair cells, cochlea, or nerve pathways. Treatment for this type of hearing loss is management with hearing aids and/or hearing rehabilitation. At Labyrinth Audiology we have had much success treating this type of hearing loss with advanced hearing aids and rehabilitation techniques.

Conductive hearing loss results in some kind of obstruction (such as wax or fluid) in the ear canal, middle ear, or eardrum. This type of hearing loss may require a simple outpatient procedure or surgery depending on the severity of the condition and the source of the hearing loss.

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Treatment may include a combination of hearing aids and/or procedures to remove any obstructions.

Q. What are potential solutions to hearing loss?

The solutions to resolving hearing loss depends on the nature of the hearing loss, the severity of the hearing loss, and the individual. Solutions can include hearing aids, rehabilitation, or surgery. Only a hearing healthcare professional can give specific treatment options or solutions based on your health history, symptoms, and current condition.

Hearing loss can result from a number of things including aging, noise exposure, and genetics. In most cases, hearing loss is due to inner ear damage. This can typically be corrected with hearing aids.

FAQs regarding Hearing Aids

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Q. Why do I need two hearing aids? Can’t I save money and buy one?

The short answer to this question is no because you have two ears and each ear needs a hearing aid. You have two ears for a reason—they take in and process the sounds you hear, which help you become spatially aware of your surroundings. If you are experiencing hearing loss and only use one hearing aid, you will be at a disadvantage because you are only taking in half the sounds you need to hear and understand the world around you.

Q. Will hearing aids make me hear the way I used to?

Hearing aids do not restore hearing, so you will not hear the way you used to before you experienced hearing loss. However, hearing aids allow you to follow normal speech without trouble, hear clearly enough to participate in conversations, and have better understanding in noise.

Q. Why are some hearing instruments so expensive?

Hearing aids are like small computers that take in and process the sounds around you. Some hearing aids are more expensive than others because they contain more advanced technology. This allows them to have higher signal processing and better noise reduction. Any of the professionals at Labyrinth Audiology can help you find a hearing aid that fits your budget and hearing loss.

Hearing Myths

Hearing is generally a misunderstood topic. Click below to dispel some common myths on the subject.

MYTH: Wearing hearing aids means you’re getting old.
FACT:   Many people have a misunderstanding of what hearing loss is and who it impacts. Most people who seek treatment for hearing loss or wear hearing aids are actually under the age of 65. Of course, hearing loss affects people of all ages, but the majority of our patients at Labyrinth Audiology are within this age group. Hearing loss is not just an age-related condition. It can be caused by genetics, other health conditions, noise exposure, and it can also be a side effect of some medications. It is not simply a sign of “getting old.”
MYTH: Only those with severe hearing loss need hearing aids.
FACT:   Hearing aids can benefit those with any range of hearing loss. Any hearing loss, from mild to severe, affects how the brain takes in stimulus and processes information. Those affected by even mild hearing loss can experience a change in their neural plasticity procedures and this influences how memory is stored. Anyone with any level of hearing loss will experience a change in how they communicate, what they hear a conversation, and how they respond. This can lead to a decrease in quality of life over time. Hearing aids can improve communication and quality of life, which benefits many people with hearing loss, not just severe cases.
MYTH: My hearing loss isn’t a big deal because it doesn’t affect anyone else but me.
FACT:   It may feel like hearing loss only affects you, but often times friends and family notice their loved one’s hearing difficulty before they are even aware of it. People in your life may notice you turn the television up higher, speak loudly on the phone, frequently ask for things to be repeated, or even avoid social situations. These are all signs of hearing loss and they certainly affect people beyond yourself. Your friends and family members care about you and don’t want to see you struggle with everyday tasks or avoid your favorite activities. It’s important to seek treatment for yourself so you can get back to your life and feel confident in any social situation.
MYTH: Everyone will notice and stare at my hearing aids.
FACT:   Not anymore. In the past, hearing aids used to be very noticeable. In fact, 100 years ago hearing devices were so large that you had to wear a backpack to bring them around with you. Now, technology has advanced and hearing aids are barely noticeable. Some styles are practically invisible. At Labyrinth Audiology, we carry several hearing aid styles. Some sit behind your ear and others are placed completely in the ear canal and are almost invisible. There’s a good chance no one will even notice your hearing aids, and with time you may forget you’re even wearing them.
MYTH: It’s difficult to adjust to life with hearing aids, so using them isn’t worth it.
FACT:   At first, it can be difficult to adjust to hearing aids, as it takes your brain time to adapt to this new experience. This is true for any medical device that restores quality of life including dentures, prosthetic devices, and even glasses. The best way to adjust to life with hearing aids is to be patient and consistent.

Once you receive your devices, try wearing them for a couple hours at a time in your home. This will help you adapt and become familiar with the sounds of your environment. Once you get comfortable with them, try using them when you are spending time with a friend or family member in a quiet location. Eventually, you can work toward more crowded environments. At first, you may experience reactions such as sensitivity to sounds, but the more you use your hearing aids, the better your brain adapts. Eventually, you will be able to use your hearing aids for longer periods and will barely notice them throughout the day.

Ask the Experts

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At Labyrinth Audiology, we have experience answering questions and providing accurate information about hearing loss and hearing aids. It is common for people to form misunderstandings about what hearing loss is, how it’s diagnosed, and how it can be helped.

If you have any additional questions, our professionals are happy to answer them. If you feel you may have hearing loss, book an appointment at the Labyrinth Audiology office in Boca Raton, Florida, today and we can help you achieve healthy hearing.

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