Communication, socialization and your feeling of well-being are all strongly dependent on your ability to hear. When untreated or improperly treated, hearing loss can be very frustrating and isolating, and frequently causes depression. Restoring your ability to communicate is just the initial positive impact of wearing hearing aids. Treatment of hearing loss is also associated with the improved physical, emotional, mental and social health of people with all degrees of hearing impairment.
We’ve heard it all…
- people just need to speak more clearly
- my hearing is not bad enough
- my friend doesn’t like her hearing aid
- I don’t want people to notice
- I can’t afford it
The great news is that we have solutions! Modern hearing assistance technology is smaller, more comfortable and more affordable. Don’t let fear get in the way improving your quality of life. Christine Wilson, our experienced audiologist, can help you discover the great benefits of renewed hearing.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How does my hearing work? Sound is collected by the outer ear through the ear canal to the eardrum. Sound waves cause the eardrum to vibrate. The vibration travels from the eardrum to the three ear bones of the middle ear (hammer, anvil, and stirrup), and the sound is conducted through the middle ear to the inner ear. In the inner ear, the sound is converted into an electrical impulse which stimulates nerve endings in the inner ear. The electrical impulse races along the auditory nerve to the brain where it is interpreted.
- How do I know if I need hearing aids? The only way to accurately determine if you need hearing aids is through audiological testing in a sound booth, and assessing the impact of your hearing loss on your lifestyle.
- What causes hearing loss? Hearing loss is caused by many different things, including:
- The normal aging process
- Exposure to excessively loud noise
- As a result of illness or certain medications
- Ear infections, trauma, or ear diseases
- Which hearing aid is best for me? Hearing aids come in a variety of designs and with a wide range of functions and features to address an individual’s specific needs. With Christine’s experience and knowledge of hearing products we can guide you to an appropriate product for your specific hearing loss, budget and lifestyle needs.
- Why do hearing aids cost so much? Properly fitting hearing aids are not one size fits all devices. Counseling, patient education, and follow-up care are just as important as the hearing devices themselves. Included in the cost of your hearing aids are the hearing test, custom fitting and programming, warranties for repairs and loss, and batteries.
- What if I buy hearing aids and I don’t like them? Even with the best hearing aid choice, customizing and fine-tuning are routinely needed to help patients adjust gradually to their new hearing, and to make changes as their hearing needs change over time. But don’t worry – if you really don’t like your new hearing aids, Conejo Hearing Center patients enjoy a 60 day return policy. If you are not satisfied, your hearing aids can be returned for a full refund or be exchanged for another product.
- What is a difference between an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser? Both an Audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser can distribute hearing aids; however a hearing aid dispenser only has to have a high school diploma and pass a test with the State of California. An Audiologist is certified with either a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Audiology, and are trained in the science of hearing and balance. Typically, medical doctors refer patients experiencing hearing loss to an Audiologist.
Common Symptoms of Hearing Loss:
- Turning up the television, radio or stereo
- Complaining that others mumble
- Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
- Difficulty hearing on the telephone
- Trouble understanding in a noisy environment
- Hearing a conversation, but unable to understand
- Saying “HUH” frequently
- Avoiding social gatherings
- Ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring (tinnitus) in your ear
If you experience one or more of these signs, or for any other reason you feel that your hearing is not as good as it used to be, please come visit us at Conejo Hearing Center – we can help!
Additional Hearing Resources
- www.HealthyHearing.com HealthyHearing.com is the leading online resource for hearing health information. Their goal is to provide high quality content that is understandable and inspirational.
- www.BetterHearing.org The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it.
- www.mayoclinic/health/hearing aids Learn about the different hearing aid types that are available in layman’s terms
- www.ata.org Official website for the American Tinnitus Association
- www.hearingloss.org Check out the Hearing Loss Association of America’s online hub of hearing loss information and resources
- www.californiaphones.org Free phones from the Cal PUC
- www.captel.com Phones that show captions of everything the caller says
- www.widex.com The made-for-iPhone hearing aid