What causes hearing loss?
There are many causes of hearing loss such as genetics, excessive loud noise exposure, wax build up, diabetes, and high blood pressure. For many people, it is a combination of several factors that cause their hearing loss.
How often should I get my hearing checked?
Just like your eyes and your teeth, you should have your hearing checked once a year to ensure you are always hearing your best so you don’t miss a beat!
How do I know if I have hearing loss?
The only way to truly know if you have a hearing loss is to have a hearing test to determine what you can and cannot hear.
I don’t have a hearing problem. I have an understanding problem. What should I do?
There are two different kinds of hearing problems with one being volume and the other being clarity. If you are experiencing understanding problems you should schedule a hearing test.
How do I care for my hearing aids?
Hearing aids should be cleaned daily. It won’t take you more than a minute but it absolutely will help your aids live longer.
- Custom hearing aids:
- Wipe hearing aids down with a dry soft cloth or tissue
- Brush off speaker and microphones
- Behind the ear hearing aids:
- Wipe down hearing aids with a dry soft cloth or tissue
- Brush off microphones
- Pinch the dome with a dry soft cloth or tissue
Do I need any follow up care after getting hearing aids?
Getting hearing aids is a lot like getting a new knee. You get the knee but then you must complete physical therapy to build strength and get back to your normal activities. Hearing is very similar in that you get hearing aids but then you must retrain your brain how to hear. For most patients, they have a hearing aid fitting appointment and 2-3 follow up appointments to ensure they are hearing their best. Once their hearing is optimized, patients return every 6 months for ear and hearing aid checks and once a year for annual hearing tests to ensure their hearing has not changed. When changes occur, your hearing aids should be adjusted to ensure you continue to hear your best.
How often should I come in for a hearing aid check?
Once your hearing aids have been optimized in the evaluation and management period (also known as the trial period), you should come in for a hearing aid check every 6 months. At this check, the hearing aids will be cleaned and checked for proper function and your ears will be checked for wax (the #1 culprit in hearing aid malfunctions!).
How can I troubleshoot my hearing aids?
- Change the battery
- Clean your hearing aid with your brush and cleaning cloth or tissue
- Change your wax filter
- Call (720) 675-7481 and we can help you over the phone or help you make an appointment
How long should my hearing aids last?
Most hearing aids last 4-6 years. We teach you on day 1 how to take care of your hearing aids and schedule regular follow up appointments to ensure your aids last as long as possible.
When do I need new hearing aids?
Typically every 4-6 years. This is determined by your audiologist checking on your hearing aids, your hearing, and your functional abilities throughout the life of your hearing aids at 6 month hearing aid checks and annual hearing test appointments.
How do I know if I need hearing aids?
The need for hearing aids is determined during the Functional Communication Assessment. During this evaluation we review your hearing abilities and how you are functioning everyday with the hearing you have.
Do I have to wear a hearing aid in both ears or just one?
We were given 2 ears for a reason! Hearing with 2 ears helps us determine where sounds are coming from, filter background noise, and hear at a proper volume. 80% of patients with hearing loss have hearing loss in both ears so if you have hearing loss in both ears, you need 2 hearing aids.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the sensation of experiencing sounds such as ringing, buzzing, roaring, or humming in your head.
What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the #1 symptom of hearing loss. It is very similar to when people experience phantom limbs. They can feel their hand even though it is not there. When we have hearing loss in our system, the brain still wants to hear and creates sounds in your head.
Other causes of tinnitus can include medication induced tinnitus, increased stress, difficulty sleeping, TMJ, excessive loud noise exposure, and cardiovascular issues.
How is tinnitus treated?
If you have hearing loss, treating your hearing loss will be recommended as part of your tinnitus management plan. Period. It is a lot like having a broken arm. If you go to the doctor and get medication for your broken arm it may feel a little better for a period of time but you still have a broken arm. We must treat the hearing loss so that we can begin to successfully manage the tinnitus.
Everyone reacts to tinnitus differently which means everyone needs an individualized treatment plan tailored specifically to them. Some patients, just upon being educated on tinnitus, find relief. Others find more targeted strategies such as environmental distractors, sound therapy, group rehabilitation, and cognitive behavioral therapy beneficial. Many patients benefit from a combination of several of these strategies. Occasionally tinnitus can be treated medically and when this is discovered during the evaluation, a medical referral is given.
If I already have hearing loss, do I need to wear hearing protection?
Yes. Loud noise exposure is cumulative. Unless you are completely without hearing and are deaf, there is always opportunity to lose more hearing. If you already have hearing loss, hearing protection is even more important for you to preserve the hearing you still have left.
How do I qualify for a cochlear implant?
Patients qualify for cochlear implants when they are no longer able to benefit from hearing aids due to the severity of their hearing loss. A cochlear implant evaluation, physical health evaluation, and mental health evaluation are completed to determine if you are a cochlear implant candidate.