WHAT TO KNOW
Hearing Aids in the Presence of Background Noise
Virtually all patients who wear hearing aids complain from time to time about background noise. There is no way to completely eliminate background noise. However, our devices enhance the sounds you do want to hear.
Digital Hearing Aid Technology
When devices are considered digital, it generally means the hearing aid is 100% digital. This means the hearing aid is a complete computer and can be used on a sophisticated level.
Taking an Impression of the Ear
All custom hearing aids and ear molds are made from a cast, or impression, of the ear. The audiologist makes the ear impression in the office, and it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
Hearing Aid Battery Information
All batteries are toxic and dangerous if swallowed. Keep all batteries and hearing aids away from children and pets. See a physician immediately if you or someone around you has swallowed a battery or device.
Do I Have Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss occurs to most people as they age. Hearing loss can be due to the aging process, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital (birth or prenatal) or hereditary factors, or diseases, as well as a number of other causes.
Middle Ear Implants
Middle ear implants are surgically implanted devices. The FDA has approved specific middle ear implants, and the FDA is still reviewing others. The middle ear implant is a useful hearing instrument and is quite different from traditional hearing aids.
Realistic Expectations for the Hearing Aid User
Hearing aids work very well when fit and adjusted appropriately. They amplify sound! You might find that you like one hearing aid better than the other. The left and right hearing aids will probably not fit exactly the same, and they probably won’t sound exactly the same.
Three Levels of Hearing Aid Technology
There are three levels of hearing aid technology. We refer to the levels as analog, digitally programmable, and digital.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of a sound that is reported by patients. It is unrelated to an external source of stimulation.