Do you feel like you miss information or get lost in conversations? When others speak does it sound muffled or like the other person is mumbling? Do you avoid social situations where you may be expected to carry on a conversation? Do you have difficulty following a conversation when there is background noise? You may have hearing loss.
Did you know in the U.S.:
Here are some of the benefits of hearing loss treatment and why a hearing aid can be beneficial:
Studies have shown that early use of hearing aids decreases the progression of both hearing loss and memory loss.
Concerned about dementia? Researchers found that those participants who used hearing aids were at a significantly lower risk of developing dementia.
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common. It is treated with hearing aids. Conductive hearing loss is corrected through medications, surgery, bone-conduction hearing aids, or conventional hearing aids. Mixed hearing loss is a combination and treatment can be medication, surgery or hearing aids.
Hearing aids use to be synonymous with bulky batteries, uncomfortable fit and very visible over the ear. The new hearing aids today use digital signal processing, microchips and computerization. Many models are so sleekly designed, others may not be able to tell you are wearing a hearing aid at all. With several of the top hearing aid brands to choose from, we can help fit you with a hearing aid that is comfortable to wear and has the features you need to live your active lifestyle.
Modern hearing aids are smaller and offer more features so you can choose a device with options that meet your needs. The new hearing aids can amplify speech while dampening background noise. This improves the ability to carry on conversations at social gatherings or crowded venues. Using automatic adaptability settings, these new devices can detect the environment and adapt the hearing aid settings accordingly. If you are outside, the device will automatically enable noise reduction so sounds from the wind won’t be amplified.
How it works:
Gone are the days of replacing hearing aid batteries every week. The new devices come with rechargeable batteries. Many of the hearing aids can hold a charge for 24 hours. Patients can charge their devices at night and wake up to a fully charged hearing aid that lasts all day.
With so many great options in hearing aid technology it can be an overwhelming process. The staff at ValleyENT will answer questions and go over all options with you. Once a device is selected, the audiologist will ensure the hearing aid fits comfortably. Once the physical fit is established the device will be programmed for your specific needs. The staff at ValleyENT will go over all the care instructions and information you need to maximize the benefits of your new hearing aid.
Valley ENT is a full-service audiology and hearing aid center. We are here for you! Please call our office with any questions or concerns. We will work with you to troubleshoot, provide repairs, or help if you just need an informative refresher course on basic hearing aid functions.
Some troubleshooting things to try: