Frequently Asked Questions

January 13, 2017

Q: What is an Audiologist?
A: Health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders in newborn, children, and adults. Audiology is a well-respected and highly recognized profession. See more

Q: What is Digital Technology?
A: Digital hearing aids are usually self-adjusting. The digital processing allows for more flexibility in programming the aid. In this way, the sound it transmits matches your specific pattern of hearing loss. See more

Q: Taking an Impression of the Ear
A: There are a number of different roles of the ear impression itself.  It was designed to create a three-dimensional image of the ear, whether that was for the fabrication of custom hearing aids, the fabrication of a custom ear mold for behind-the-ear (BTE) technology or RIC instruments, custom ear monitors, hearing protection, or swim molds.  These types of products are great revenue opportunities for us in practice.  We tend to think about hearing aids as the main source of our revenue in a hearing aid practice, but very often these ancillary products can be beneficial and require custom ear molds. See more

Q: Hearing Aid Battery Information
A: More and More countries are now legally required to use mercury free batteries, and the number is growing yearly. Mercury Free technology is State of the Art and the only battery fulfilling the new IEC Standard defined for streaming HI’s. Key parameter in the IEC Standard is 15min non stop Streaming. During this 15 min a very high current is drawn from the battery , if the battery is not specifically made for this purpose there is a high risk that the HI stops or partially interrupts. See more

Q: Realistic Expectation for the Hearing Aid User
A: Hearing aids work very well when they are fit and adjusted appropriately based on the users hearing loss. It is important to know that there is an adjustment period for your ears and your brain to become accustomed to using hearing aids. In the beginning many sounds in your environment will sound different than what you are used to. Nonetheless, the hearing aids should be comfortable with respect to the physical fit and the sound quality. Sounds will improve the more consistently you wear your hearing aids. See more

Q: Types of Hearing Loss
A: Hearing loss can be categorized by which part of the auditory system is damaged. There are three basic types of hearing loss: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss. See more

Q: Degrees of Hearing Loss
A: Hearing tests measure how much sound we can hear. There are many different types of tests and a clinic or health professional will carry out the best tests to assess you or your child’s hearing. The results of hearing tests can be shown on a chart called an audiogram.
Measuring your hearing helps to find the type of hearing problem you or your child might have and help your health professional suggest the best treatment options. See more

Q: What is Tinnitus?
A: Tinnitus is an awareness of sound in the ears or head which is not from an external source. There are many different types of tinnitus sounds. Common descriptions are that it is a hiss, whistle, whirr, ring or buzz. Occasionally, it can be segments of music. The pitch can be high or low and the level can vary over time. See more

Q: Cause of Tinnitus
A: Whatever the trigger for tinnitus, it causes a change to the transmission of the signal going from the cochlea (the hearing organ, or the inner ear) to the part of the brain where sound is processed, known as the auditory cortex. This means that some of the neurons, or nerve cells, in the auditory cortex do not receive signals as they used to. In some people, these neurons react by developing spontaneous ‘chatter’, which becomes synchronised to create the illusion of sound. This is called neural synchronisation. Over time, this firing pattern is strengthened and the tinnitus can become a constant sound. See more

Q: Cochlear Implants
A: is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain. See more

Q: Pre-instructions for Sedated ABR Testing - BERA?
A: The Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) test is a helpful tool in determining a child’s ability to hear. The test uses a special computer to measure the way the child’s hearing nerve responds to different sounds.  Three to four small stickers called "electrodes" will be placed on your child’s head and in front of his or her ears and connected to a computer. As sounds are made through the earphones, -the electrodes measure how your child’s hearing nerves respond to them. See more

Q: Do I Need Two Hearing Aids?
A: Some individuals would reason that purchasing one hearing aid is the wise decision because it would be half the cost. What those people don’t realize is that there are a lot of advantages to purchasing two hearing aids instead of just one. One of the obvious benefits to wearing two hearing aids is the overall loudness they provide to both ears. This increase in loudness is referred to as binaural summation. Having two hearing aids can provide up to 10 decibels of additional gain to the overall perceived enhancement of sound quality. See more

Q: How Long Does a Hearing Aid Last?
A: Though hearing loss may at first be a disorienting experience, hearing aids are equipped with advanced technology to improve your hearing. As with all big purchases, it is important to take the time to select hearing aids that meet your specific hearing needs and lifestyle. You will find that with the use of hearing aids, not only are sounds richer - but your life too. And that is a sound investment! See more

Q: Reasonable Expectations for the Person with Hearing Aids
A: Rather, it is a complex process - one that evolves over time and begins with the hearing-impaired individual accepting the realization that hearing impairment has detrimental effects on interpersonal relationships and safety. The hearing impaired person's motivation to hear well is the single most important factor in determining the success of the hearing aid fitting. It is important to realize that you will not experience the exact same benefits from your hearing aids as your neighbor does. This individuality is a critical component, and I want to emphasize that your expectations should be based on you, your type and degree of hearing loss, your past experiences, and the improvements you personally receive from amplification. See more