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Signs of Hearing Loss

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Many people have difficulty believing or accepting that they have a hearing loss. One reason is that hearing loss often occurs so gradually that it’s not easy to notice at first. Often people discover their hearing loss from the negative reaction of others.

  • People seem to mumble all of the time.
  • You hear, but have trouble understanding all the words in a conversation.
  • You often ask people to repeat themselves.
  • Your family complains that you keep the television volume too high.
  • You have trouble hearing when people are walking away from you.
  • Conversations in a crowd, restaurant, or car are difficult to follow.
  • Sometimes people seem angry or frustrated when talking with you.
  • At times, it seems like too much effort to hear, so you decline invitations to go out or spend time with others.

Hearing loss can occur at any age and for many reasons. If you experience any of these problems, schedule your hearing exam today.

Causes of Hearing Loss

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There are many factors that affect your hearing. These can range from physical damage and disease to the natural effects of time. Causes include:

  • Long-term exposure to loud noises
  • Diseases such as Meniere’s and Otosclerosis
  • Neurological disorders, including strokes and tumors

Costs of Hearing Aids

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There are many considerations when purchasing a hearing aid, including its style and technological features.

There are three different levels of technology in hearing aids: economy / basic, advanced, and premium technology. The costs can range from $1,200 to $3,600. At each level, there is a good option for you. Your choice will depend on your lifestyle, your hearing test results, and your budget.

Price is directly related to the level of technology in the hearing aid.

  • Channels give the hearing aid flexibility to better match the configuration of your hearing loss. Generally, more channels mean better sound quality.
  • Noise reduction and speech enhancement features can greatly improve your ability to understand in difficult listening situations. Noise reduction varies from level to level.

At Family Hearing Center, you always can take advantage of a trial and adjustment period, so you can be assured that you’ll enjoy the best possible improvement in your hearing. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Does MediCare Cover Hearing Aids?

MediCare Part B covers diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor or other health care provider orders these tests to see if you need medical treatment.

MediCare doesn’t cover hearing exams, hearing aids, or exams for fitting hearing aids.

Learn more about financial support for hearing aids.

How an Audiologist Can Help You

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Audiologists are the primary health care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. All of our Audiologists have received an Au.D. (Doctorate in Audiology) from accredited university programs in audiology.

Why does that matter? We know the most important consideration in hearing aid selection is not the hearing aid itself; it’s the skill and knowledge of the professional dispensing the hearing aid. The Audiologist’s responsibility is to ensure that a suitable instrument is selected, and to provide a clear explanation of its merits and limitations.

The doctoral education of Audiologists reflects their broader range of professional expertise. Audiologists receive extensive training in the assessment of hearing, diagnosis, and the fitting and adjustment of hearing aids. This ensures that you receive an accurate diagnosis, an appropriate plan of intervention, and a positive outcome from your hearing aid experience.

It’s not about finding someone who sells hearing aids; it’s about finding a professional with the knowledge and skills to correctly program and maintain your hearing aid; someone who can maximize your hearing potential. And that’s just what you will find at Family Hearing Center.

You need to trust that who you’re working with has your best hearing in mind!

Audiologist vs. Dispenser

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In the realm of hearing aid technology, there is a distinction to be made between doctors of audiology and hearing aid dispensers.

While it’s true that a hearing aid dispenser must pass certain examinations and learn how to fit and sell hearing aids, becoming an audiologist requires more in-depth training and schooling. Audiologists are board certified to diagnose and treat your hearing loss.

It’s important to note the difference between the two.

An audiologist is first and foremost a hearing professional with years of training and experience. The road to better hearing may be slightly longer with an audiologist, but once you start hearing all the wonderful sounds you’ve been missing, you’ll know the extra time was worth it.

This information was compiled from an article by Dr. Robert G. Glaser.